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Is it possible for a computer to run without a HDD or SSD

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June 8, 2013 7:32:54 PM

So I'm taking a look at my dad's old computer(4-5 years) and I opened it up and right away I noticed there was no HDD. (This computer wouldn't have a ssd).
Was it even possible to run without a HDD???

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June 8, 2013 7:37:05 PM

You can run always boot from another form of media, like a flash drive or a disc. Some forms of Linux can even boot on disc and then copy themselves to memory so they don't have to use the disc. So it is quite possible, although unusual
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June 8, 2013 7:37:26 PM

It can start up. But without something to run an OS off of, CAN NOT RUN.
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June 8, 2013 7:38:01 PM

The only other thing it could of booted off of would of been the optical drive....
Can it do that?
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June 8, 2013 7:39:51 PM

Nicholas Chorny said:
The only other thing it could of booted off of would of been the optical drive....
Can it do that?


If he had a disk with an image of an OS, it is possible. Right now, I have a disk that has Linux Mint 14 installed on it. Put it in a computer and set it up to boot from the disk, and you'll get Linux Mint 14, albeit a bit slower than usual. He could have also been using a bootable flash drive that he then removed
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June 8, 2013 7:42:53 PM

Epsilon_0EVP said:
Nicholas Chorny said:
The only other thing it could of booted off of would of been the optical drive....
Can it do that?


If he had a disk with an image of an OS, it is possible. Right now, I have a disk that has Linux Mint 14 installed on it. Put it in a computer and set it up to boot from the disk, and you'll get Linux Mint 14, albeit a bit slower than usual. He could have also been using a bootable flash drive that he then removed


I'll check if there's a disk in the drive and ask him if he used a flash drive often
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