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Install Win7 to eSATA HD then Install to Another as Primary

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January 20, 2012 12:04:22 AM

Hello,

Is it possible to install Windows 7 to an eSATA HD then install that drive internally to another as primary OS?

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January 20, 2012 7:25:48 AM

dmcswine01 said:
Hello,

Is it possible to install Windows 7 to an eSATA HD then install that drive internally to another as primary OS?

Probably not, unless both machines & installed hardware and everything else on both machines is 100% identical.
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January 23, 2012 8:37:31 PM

Hi,

Unfortunately, none of the Microsoft Windows operating systems support installation on USB or FireWire external devices. With that said, it may be possible to install Windows 7 on an eSATA external drive as Windows 7 typically recognizes eSATA drives as internally connected.

However, please keep in mind that when you install Windows 7 or any operating system, typically speaking, the operating system installs with the connected hardware in mind. In other words, installing Windows 7 on an external drive and then physically installing the formerly external hard drive to a different computer with a different configuration is not recommended. For more information you may benefit from the following TechNet forum thread Can I install Windows 7 onto an external USB hard drive?

The question begs to be asked, why not just physically install the hard drive in question to the computer in question as a primary hard drive? It sounds as though you may be attempting to create images / imaged hard drives and then proceed to install them in the necessary machines. There are a plethora of other Microsoft utilities that may be more beneficial to you with this aforementioned scenario. A good place to start would be to check out the following
resources:

Preparing an Image Using Sysprep and ImageX
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT)
Windows Deployment Services (WDS)

Jessica
Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro
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