can you boot and run a pc off an external usb 2.0 hard drive?

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  1. Grouch

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    and have no internal hd?
     
  2. manchild

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    i'm sure that you could, but you would first need to take a HD that has windows installed, then make an exact copy of that onto the external, then some how setup the startup disk (dont know how to do this, this is how it would work on a mac, and i'm assuming it would work likewise on a PC) to boot off of the external.
    I would, just to be safe, keep the internal untill after u have succesfully booted off the external, then dispose of it.

    From the way u stated it, it seems asthough u have an external, and no internal, and dont want to buy an internal?
    U can take the outside off of an external, cant u? I mean u can put internals into a case to make it an external, why not vise versa?
     
  3. MrBrotato

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    Yes, if your BIOS will support the USB drive.
     
  4. Yep

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    Yup, most new computers will support booting off of a USB drive.
     
  5. Grouch

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    yeah, im still thinking about building a computer in a NES case, and Im just thinking of ways that would give me the most room in the case for motherboard, cpu and dvd drive. if i can use an external HD hidden somewhere it might help.
     
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    2.5" laptop harddrives are pretty damn thin. and go up to 100gigs. which should be ample for a gimmick computer (it's not like you're going to be using it as real data storage i presume)
     
  7. Grouch

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    nope i have a main tower thats still pretty decent. AMD 64 3200 (but OG one :hs: ). This would be just for internet, porn, movies, and school work.
     
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    seen it. it uses an uber shitty 800mhz VIA. They have a new 1300 that also has some other improvedments but it endes up being a P3 pretty much.
     

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