Pretty much as my title says. I bought this portable external drive with a view to installing my operating system to is in addition to simply storing my files.
I have now found out I cannot do this, or at least Lacie do not support this. I am hoping someone here can inform me as to whether there is a workaround for this perhaps using third party software or another way.
Not so much Lacie not supporting it, but some OSes refuse to install to a USB device (like Win7; what version are you installing?).
Some motherboards will not boot from a USB device, or need BIOS changes.
Can you tell us more: Which OS, how you are installing it, what motherboard, are you attaching it to a USB 2.0 or a USB 3.0 port, and where in the installation process it is failing to install? What message do you get?
If the intent is to "move" the OS from system to system, that won't work either. The hardware differences in the platforms (unless 100% identical) will register as new hardware and will require constant reactivation. It will look to Windows like an install being used more times than allowed.
You can use something like Acronis to clone your existing drive to the Lacie.
Then boot from the LaCie directly, after making the appropriate changes in BIOS.
But as stated above don't expect it to work on a different machine.
Part of the problem is that I don't want to clone what is on my drive at this time. I want to gradually migrate what I want to keep onto the portable external drive, and then format the old one and start over with it. But because I don't want to disrupt my day to day stuff, I want to do it gradually when I have free time to go through everything.
I am starting to think I would have been better just formatting it and reinstalling the OS to start with. This is a problem I hadn't expected to encounter.
I am going to spend more time googling this tomorrow when I get home. I am hoping I either find the answer that way or on this thread.
I have checked, and Windows OSes refuse to install to removable USB devices.
I can think of two reasons. One is practical: Until recently, USB devices were much to slow to give a satisfactory OS experience. One is revenue-oriented: They don't want people running a single copy of the OS on multiple machines (illegally, I suspect).