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Can you install Windows 8 on a USB Portable Hard Drive?

By rolotech695 ·
Hello,
I have recently bought a USB hard drive (It's USB not external) Since my BIOS is able to boot from USB, I was wandering if you can install Windows 8 on a USB Hard Drive. I understand you can install it on a USB flash drive. But would be able to install it on my portable hard drive, because it is USB. Thanks In Advance

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Would probably depend on which version of Windows 8 you have

Only Windows 8 Enterprise supports installation on external hard disks and it is only available to volume license customers. Windows 8 Pro cannot be installed on an external hard disk. Might search around on Microsoft Windows sites for articles about "Windows to Go" for more details.

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This may help you.

by iminmessaging In reply to Can you install Windows 8 ...

An imagex.exe is needed on your computer.
install.wim is also needed, which is available on Win8 disc/image.
Copy imagex.exe and install.win to a directory not on the destination USB drive to be faster.
steps of the procedure:
1: open command line & go to the folder were you saved imagex.exe
2: run DISkPART (on the command line ), you will enter into Diskpart "mode",
You

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Yes and No

by simsk04 In reply to Can you install Windows 8 ...

Sadly, only Windows 8 Enterprise edition can be installed on portable hard disk.

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Can you install Windows 8 on a USB Portable Hard Drive?

by CentralPanic In reply to Can you install Windows 8 ...

First, after speaking to my tech support doyens, ONLY Windows 8 Enterprise Edition with the Metrosexual Interface can be installed on portable drives.

Second. WHY would ANYONE want to install Windows 8 on a USB HD. Why not take your Corvette outfitted with the Ford Model T 1908 cloak of industrialization chassis for a race down to Monte Carlo? Makes more sense to our group here in reality world.

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