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    Boot from a external usb hard drive?

    Is it possible to install windows on to an external usb hard and run off of that hard drive instead of having a hard drive in the case. If so this would eliminate the problem of the hard drive being too cold to work because you can take the hard drive into your house. It is also easier to copy music to the hard drive. So is it possible?

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    I can't remember the exact details, but yes, it's possible.
    I think it's as simple as enabling the boot from external device feature in BIOS.

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    Yes it's possible but it's all dependant on your motherboard supporting boot from USB.

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    do u kno any motherboards exactly?

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    It usually requires some kind of trickery if you want to get Windows to boot from a "removable" drive. Search on threads about booting from Compact Flash for more info.
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    http://www.winusb.de/index_en.html

    You need a mobo that supports hi-speed USB booting otherwise you'll be booting in USB 1.1 speeds which is horribly slow.

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    tnx 4 da link

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