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running a laptop from external drive

By k.goodrich ·
I was wondering if it is possiable to run a laptop using a external drive. I have collected several laptops in need of repair and would like to be able to power them up and use my pc's system to work on them. I ask because people have taken their hard drives before giving me the units. It would be nice to hook up the laptop and work on the unit and then buying a proper hard drive.Thanks in advanced for any help

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Yes it's possible to use an External HDD with a NB but this will not work

by OH Smeg In reply to running a laptop from ext ...

The reason is because you are attempting to boot off a Windows Platform and this is not transferable across different hardware.

If you just want to test the NB's out use a Live Linux and boot off the CD. This will allow you to test the hardware and see if it works well enough for your needs.

http://www.livecdlist.com/

If you wanted to run off a External HDD you would need to install Windows to each computer and run it off the external HDD if that particular computer supports Booting off a USB Device. If it doesn't them you can not boot off an external HDD.

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