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    running window vista or 7 from thumb drive

    I want to run window vista or 7 from a 32gb ubs thumb drive. is it possible. Also I do not want to have any info on the current hard drive that is in the pc. the hard drive in this setup I want to be is the thumb drive.


    Is this even possible?

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    solid state hard drive or usb thumb drive to run os

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    This is actually not supported by the OS, but you can accomplish this by installing the OS to a hard drive temporarily connect the USB drive and use diskpart to create an active partition on the drive, format as NTFS, then power down and image the hard drive to the NTFS partition on the USB drive. remove the hard drive from the system entirely, make sure USB is bootable in the BIOS, and power on.

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    more!

    Here is another pre-built loader for windows 7 to usb installer:

    http://reboot.pro/10126/

    edit:
    more resources, these explain running from USB drive rather than installing from USB drive.. I think this might be what you are looking for.

    http://reboot.pro/6851/
    http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/1364...usb-hard-disk/
    http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=22473

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