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Does booting your computer from a USB port make your computer slower?

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February 22, 2013 3:00:07 PM

I have a 1TB 3.5" hard drive and I'm using a USB 2.0 external hard drive enclosure because my hard drive won't fit in my computer. (and I really like the hard drive and don't want to get one that will fit in my computer)This will be the only hard drive I'm using, so I will be booting my computer from a USB port. I'm just wondering if using a hard drive enclosure will slow down my computer because I have heard that booting your computer from a USB port will slow down your computer.

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February 22, 2013 3:05:35 PM

read and write speeds will be limited by the usb interface so in a way yes computer will be slower because of the longer loading times
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February 22, 2013 3:32:58 PM

Yes. It will limit your speed quite a bit. But I am confused.. why wont it fit in your computer? Is it a laptop?
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February 22, 2013 3:39:29 PM

+1 yes
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February 22, 2013 3:45:13 PM

Also keep in mind you cannot install windows on an external USB harddrive. XP-7 are specifically designed to prevent this. There are some hacks around it but its a generally horrible idea on USB 2. 8 might allow it and Linux should, but it's still a bad idea
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February 22, 2013 8:36:40 PM

DiaSin said:
Yes. It will limit your speed quite a bit. But I am confused.. why wont it fit in your computer? Is it a laptop?


Yeah it's a 3.5" hard drive. My computer can't hold it. It can hold a 2.5" though.
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Also keep in mind you cannot install windows on an external USB harddrive. XP-7 are specifically designed to prevent this. There are some hacks around it but its a generally horrible idea on USB 2. 8 might allow it and Linux should, but it's still a bad idea


Are you serious? I had no idea of this!
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