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Booting windows from an external HDD

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  • Boot
  • Hard Drives
  • External Hard Drive
  • Windows 7
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December 21, 2011 4:57:49 PM

My internal HDD may be about to fail and I want to back it up to an external HDD. Question is, will I be able to boot from the external HDD?

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December 21, 2011 5:10:19 PM

joewatt said:
My internal HDD may be about to fail and I want to back it up to an external HDD. Question is, will I be able to boot from the external HDD?



What do you mean by "backup" ?
Is USB a boot option on your Computer ?
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December 21, 2011 5:13:56 PM

Thanks for your reply. Actually I'm not clear about the difference between backing up and simply copying the contents of a drive. Can you explain?

USB boot is an option.
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December 21, 2011 5:15:20 PM

you can clone/ghost your drive. i suggest Macrium reflect
http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
you can clone the drive with this. what cloning does is, rather than just getting the viewable files its gets all files and the boot info, etc.
after using it you can just tell your computer to boot to the new drive and your done.

edit:
oh and yes you can boot from an external drive. it will be one of your boot options in the bios, make sure the drive is plugged in when you boot.
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December 21, 2011 5:31:04 PM

Sounds like this is what I want to do - thank you!
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December 21, 2011 7:16:19 PM

Best answer selected by joewatt.
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December 21, 2011 7:34:23 PM

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