Boot Windows® 7 from external drive
Why do you need to boot Windows 7 from external drive?
It is possible to boot Windows 7 operating system from an external hard drive. For doing a system recovery, bootable USB devices are useful. You may use external hard drive as a rescue disk if you are not able to boot from an internal personal computer hard drive. The external hard drive may be equipped with various disks and file rescue utilities such as programs for preventing malicious software. BIOS support is needed to boot from a USB device. Most of the computer support booting from external hard drives. For getting to the boot menu each manufacturer offers its own unique way. For entering the boot menu Dell uses 'F12' key and HP use 'F9' key. After you locate the boot menu, you need to find the section that orders the boot devices. You need to set the BIOS to boot the Windows 7 operating system through the boot menu. If the bootable disk is not powered then your system may boot from the internal hard drive instead.
Following points may give users an idea about how to boot Windows 7 from an external hard drive:
- Tips to install Windows 7 from external hard drive
- Need to boot Windows 7 from external hard drive
- Options to boot from external hard drive
Tips to install Windows 7 from external hard drive
First you need to download Windows 7 operating system from Microsoft. Then you need to connect the external hard drive with atleast 5GB available space to your system. In the next step, you need to click 'Start' and then press to open computer management. By clicking on the disk management you can find external hard drive in the list. You need to extract the 'ISO' file of Windows 7 to your drive. Then click on extract and wait for a few minutes to finish the process. Safely remove the external drive.
Need to boot Windows 7 from external hard drive
If your internal hard drive has crashed, you may use external hard drive as a total replacement / backup unit. The external hard drive may be larger than internal hard drive and when booting from external hard drives it never tries to boot first. The boot sequence may be changed by going to computer’s BIOS. BIOS may be activated by holding down either the 'DEL' or the 'F2' key when you first turn on your computer.
There are three external boot options available to boot your system from an external hard drive. FlashBoot, BartPE, and GRML are the three boot options available. To build an external boot disk Flashboot is the easiest product available. GRML is an option that helps the external drive to work on different systems.
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