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Windows 7 install from portable HDD

Q: Windows 7 install from portable HDD

Hello, I will be getting a samsung N310 for christmas and among the goodies in my stocking will be an external hard drive and some ram, I want to install Windows 7 ultimate 32bit onto it. I am aware the hardware can handle it but I am researching a permanant install of the OS onto the existing built in hard drive of the samsung(XP) from the portable HDD. So far I am unlucky and I cant find a tutorial. Getting the OS is fine, its Installing the bloody thing thats got me all conflustered.
Any Help would be greatly appreciated, and I can provide further information if any one needs it to answer the question. Thanks in advance

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A: Windows 7 install from portable HDD

Christmas must have changed since I was young, because one never knew for certain what they might receive for Christmas...unless it was something that they got for themselves.

The only way that I'm aware of to install an OS from one drive to another, is via cloning, or burning an image from one drive location or another. It would be better to start with a fresh clean install.

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I'm new here and i have no idea if I'm I in the right place for my question or not
any way:
I have a laptop witch used to run vista home ..... but I had a problem and my DVD-RW is brooked so I want to install vita again in my laptop I formated my HD and trayed to install vista again but that not work know I want to know if can I install vista in a HD extern and that put it in my laptop or xp

thank you for your repaly friends.

A:Can I install Windows Vista on a Portable HDD

It can be done for both Vista or XP (despite what Microsoft says): however, you need to have a system with BIOS and a motherboard that support USB booting for starters. Then, assuming it is possible from a system perspective (the issue is essentially keeping the USB ports continuously active so you don't lose connection with the USB drive) the procedures are extremely complicated. Finally, you do ultimately need to install the OS from a computer with a working CD/DVD drive (though I suppose the installation could be done with a flash USB drive if you wanted to add that complexity to the equation). Another thing is that this configuration is completely unsupported (almost nobody will be able to help you with it so you will be on your own) and there are some aspects and programs that may not properly function even if you do everything right (I've read this may apply to Windows Updates but can't confirm that). Also, you should backup the computer you are using to do this (and create a restore point and backup the registry) and you should be prepared to need to completely re-install the system because what you will be doing is very unconventional and the slightest error or the smallest problem with any part of it could cause your system to crash.

From what I've read, you need a working computer to do this so your current situation won't permit it (but if you want it on your computer, you need to install a working OS on it to get this to work (and confirm it is configured and d... Read more

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I have a portable hard drive 270gb. I want to install Windows 7 on it. Anybody knows? I need help. Thanks

A:How to install Windows 7 on a portable hard drive

As far as I know.

All the Windows iterations I've tried will not boot from an external drive.

If anyone can get Seven to do it- I want to know how

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I am looking for a good, simple backup or sync program than is USB portable. I need something that does not use the windows registry. I don't need anything fancy, just basic copy from one directory to a network drive. Anybody know of any such apps?

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Hello SevenForums

Heres is my story/problem:

My desktop pc crashed, and after some investigation it turns out that the main hard drive is probably dead... So i thought i would install win7 onto my portable terabyte and use that until the problem is fixed by my computer guy.

Anyway when i tried to install win7 onto my hard drive, i realised 2 things:

- Windows will clear my TB HD when it installs.
- Windows cannot install onto a USB device.

So this is where i need your help, I need to install windows 7 on my portable hard drive without removing any data on it. I have tried to partition my hard drive with easyus as a friend recomended, but it says i need to convert it to a logical, and i cant do that because it says something about clearing the HD.

Sorry if i confuse someone...

Thanks in advance

A:How to install Win7 on portable TBHD without dataloss?

You can't install Windows 7 on removable media, period. You can install Windows 7 on a hard drive with data on it already, provided that you have at least two partitions with one for Windows 7 and one for your existing data.

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I am using an Acer laptop (Aspire 5520G). Operating system Vista. Portable HDD Seagate 320 GB.

I tried installing the sims 2 and most of the expansion packs on my external HDD, so that I do not use up all my C drive space with downloads and saved games. When installing I used the option "advanced user" and changed it it drive letter H instead of C but whilst installing it still says that data will be installed on drive C, which I seem to have no control over. When I checked the EA folder on C drive it as the download folder and saved games folder on that drive. This stuff I wanted on H drive. Is there a way I can put everything on my HDD or at least move the downloads and saved games to the portable HDD?

A:I want to install Sims 2 on my portable Hard Disk

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I was setting-up my sister's laptop after clean installing Windows 10 Creators update. I had installed 360 TSE on it and thought i should install a 2nd opinion scanner on it. So I Googled for zemana and downloaded the latest portable version on her laptop. On double clicking the installer, i got an error message from installer that it couldn't install (i don't know why it's installing a "portable version" anyway) because it might be blocked by HIPS/AV. So i disabled 360 TSE but nothing changed. Corrupted installer is also ruled out as i downloaded it again. Any idea guys?
Appreciate your help very much.

A:Can't install latest portable version of Zemana

make sure u download from zemana official site:

Clean your computer in minutes with Zemana AntiMalware, no matter how badly infected!

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I am trying to customize my version of Firefox Portable. I am wondering how I can keep it so it doesn't ask or even recognize local plugins that are installed on the host OS? Such as flash, shockwave, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and thank you very much.

A:Firefox Portable asking to install local plugins

I found a page here, About:config entries - MozillaZine Knowledge Base, and if you look at the section under "Plugin." there is a entry beginning with "Plugin. scan. plid. all.", would modifying this entry in about:config be what I am looking for?

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I'm trying to get a portable version of photoshop to work on my computer. I'm running windows 7 64 bit. When I try to open the program it tells me i'm missing msvcp80.dll. So I tried downloading the dll file, placing it in windows\system 32, and tried registering it using regsvr32 and it failed telling me that the dll file might not be compatible with 64 bit windows. Next, I tried taking the dll file out of Windows\\WinSxS\x86_Microsoft.VC80.CRT_1fc8b3b9a1e18e3b_8.0.50727.42_x-ww_0de06acd and placing it into windows\system32 and running the dll register again, and I got the same error. Now since this is a portable version of photoshop it contains no installer and therefore I cannot use it to restore msvcp80.dll again. What should I do?

edit: I also want to mention that I have had this version of the program working on 2 other computers. And yes, I realize that this may not be an "official" version of photoshop, but it looks and works just like it.

A:How to install a DLL file/photoshop portable dll errors

Can someone please help me install this dll file?

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Hey all

I have Vista installed on my laptops internal hard drive (which I think is failing) can I install and use Vista on a portable 1TB hard drive?

I've read that because it's not an external hard drive, it has no power source and works like a USB drive but I'm not sure how that would affect performance if I installed an OS on it?

I think it's a Seagate 1TB Backup Plus Slim Portable Drive.


A:Can I install Vista on portable hard drive?

In a word, the answer is no.
The ability to run a live Windows system on a USB device was a new feature in Windows 8 Enterprise called Windows To Go.
It is possible, with some effort, to create a Windows To Go workspace with any edition of Windows 8.
Other Windows versions (Vista, 7) are not portable because of how drivers are handled.
In the past, Windows had always considered USB devices as "input devices" and not suitable for use as a system drive.

I also own an older Mac (Intel) computer. Interestingly, I can run the Mac from a system loaded on an external drive, either USB or Firewire, no problems at all, in fact several systems on multiple partitions. Speed is a little pokey but acceptable.

Why not just get a new HDD?

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Is it possible to do a complete "portable" install of MBAM on a thumb drive? I see there are instructions on installing MBAM on the infected machine, and then bring in/import rules.ref from a non-infected machine and thus run from with the latest-that-can-be-had defs.

I want to be totally clear... I'd like to know if there's a way to install the MBAM <program> on a thumb drive so that the MBAM <program> itself can be launched/run/used from the thumb drive. If so, then I could theoretically run the MBAM <program> from the thumb drive on a non-infected system and update its copy of rules.ref on the thumb drive and take this to the infected machine and use it from the thumb drive with the current correct defs.

But I don't think it's possible to do this. Or maybe it is? Do we have any instructions here on BC?



A:MBAM on a flash/thumb drive - portable install

We do not have any instructions on how to do this. As discussed here at the MBAM forums it may be problematic.

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I usually use AV-Comparatives.org for my antivirus information, but I couldn't find any section within it where they show portable applications.
I would like an anti-malware scanner that I can fire up at a moments notice for a "second opinion", and doesn't stay resident on my system (Win7/64 Ult).
Whenever I see suggestion lists out there for such things, I'm always wondering if the site was itself a front for a malware program.

A:Have Avast Free, need good portable (non-install) 2nd AV scanner

Hi tgm1024 and
Kaspersky Virus Removal tool
ESET Online scanner
Superantispyware portable
Download,use it and delete,except ESET you must uninstall but keep the exe and next time again.
Thank you!

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What does someone need to know about installing something like Skype onto a usb flash drive as a portable application? There is a portableapps.com/apps website which shows a listing for Skype. Some things seem unclear. One can install to a usb flash drive, what I may like to do. Would one download the installer for the portable Skype to the computer or to the flash drive itself? When the installer is then run and the destination for the install is picked, as to the usb flash drive, does the computer itself have registry entries and other files put into Windows System/System32 folder, which would not be on the usb flash drive? Then how are the flash drive and the computer from which the installation was made, be coordinated or associated after installation? What then should happen if later one wishes to update or upgrade to a higher version the portable Skype? Need to go back to the same computer and the same flash drive and run an update or upgrade installer? What about uninstalling?

If instead of an installer, the portable application were to be merely in zipped form needing to only be unpacked onto the flash drive, then this would appear simple; but one seems to be directed to download and INSTALLER, not a zipped package.

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A few days ago I reinstalled a fresh copy of XP pro sp3. I didn't disconnect my portable hard drive before installing and now the drive isn't recognized.

When I go to the 'computer management' window, 'storage devices' and 'disk management' I see "Disk 1, 465.76 GB 'unallocated'".

Is there anyway to reallocate it?

Thanks, Chris

A:[SOLVED] new xp install rendered portable hard drive impotent

and Welcome to the forums!

Did you have any data that you want saved on this disk?

If you do not have data that needs to be recovered,

Press Start/Run Enter the command below and press ok.


At Disk Management , locate your external drive and create a new partition.

Format with NTFS.

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If anyone needs flash for portable browsers, go here ---
Portable Adobe Flash Player

Easiest way to use flash for portable browsers. I use on Firefox portable.

The website is of a well known member RejZoR on Wilders & Avast, etc...

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i am looking for a replacement for my fawtly Seagate 500gb with new 1TB Seagate external HD model I cannot decide of buying portable or non-portable. Do branded portable work as good as non portable? The reason i ask is becasue i have Steam games working from faulty 500gb exteernaall HD,so in upgrading to 1 TB will the fact it is portable/non have noticable effect?

A:portable external HD work as good as non-portable?

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Some software publishers or authors offer both portable and installable versions of their products. (Kee Pass is one of them.)

Is it advisable to systematically prefer the portable version, when running it from a fixed drive and not a thumb drive, according to the logic that if it's possible not to write into the registry, it's better not to ?

I often try new software, and I'm concerned about long-term stability. I install and uninstall a lot, using Revo Uninstaller Pro. But I've come accross people advising not to use Revo or other fancy uninstallers, just to stick to the product's own uninstaller or the Windows function.

Also, I have set C-Cleaner to a daily auto-run. In the past, I used its registry cleaner quite regularly. But some people say it's better not to clean the registry at all.

So I figured the more applications could stay away from the registry, the better. Is this a correct assumption ? Are there any drawbacks to portable apps ?

A:Are portable apps preferable, even for non-portable use ?

I have been using a lot of cleaning softwares too . Registry as well as junk cleaners.
Registry cleaner to me is a good thing as it removes the useless leftovers of programs that are left by their regular un-installer or some deleted files.

ANS1 > I recommended to clean registry as it improves performance and reduce junk in resgitry . So if portables apps dnt have or create these junks in registry then ur assumption is right and i m at your side too because " u dont need to re-install every software when u replace OS as it will work as it is if its PORTABLE "

ANS2 > Portable softwares are better then installed ones .

Above are the answer given as a user , i have used many portable softwares never had any issue just benefits

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Has anyone made one or what'd be the best way to have an Antimalware scanner on a USB stick? I know there is Malwarebytes Techbench, so has anyone used it and does it use MS-DOS tool or what?


A:Portable scanners & Malwarebytes Portable?

this? Techbench - USB Malware Detection & Removal

seems just a portable version using both a GUI and a Command line interface.

for portable scanners, you have plenty: Emsisoft Emergency Kit, HMP, etc...

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HP deskjest 100 portable printer will not recognize a new tri color cartridge (98). Just says :  "cartridge not installed" When I put back the old one that is out of ink, it works fine.  I have tried several new ones and all say same message.I have physically looked for any possible mechanical issue but found none.  The printer is about 3 years old but has printed maybe 200 pages.      Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Is there a portable version of windows 8, that can boot of of a USB drive?

A:Windows 8 portable

It is called windows to go. In the tutorial section

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I am using the following things 
Universal USB Installer 
Hard Disk partitioned in 2 drives (78 GB Each)
Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional X64 Incl Update Jan 2016 - Freeware Sys 
ok , So i first used universal USB Installer to install into one of the drives and it didn't work as it was formatted in (FTA32 Format)
and then i formatted the drive into NTFS and then tried to install with the help of the above mentioned problem (Luckily it worked but there was an error )
Setup does not support configuration of or installation to disk connected through USB or IEEE 1394 port
What i am trying to do here is make a bootable hard drive which is use wherever i want to and while installing it shows only options of Main Operation System (Drive 0) and Drive 1 but i am not able to install this windows in Drive 1 (This drive is for HARD DISK )  
In short i plan on using that external drive across multiple computers to boot from
Note : I am not willing to use Rufus as it makes our pendrive / harddisk write protected and we cannot write it anymore.

A:Portable USB Windows 8.1

Is this a legal copy of Windows?

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I am looking for a program I once had, but I don't know the name of it.  It's not a virtual disk, it does not require OracleBox, and it does not require Virtual PC.  I already have those.
This particular program is an application that does run within Windows 7, but it's function is more like a portable program and not a virtual machine.
What is the program?

A:Windows XP Portable

I think you are looking for Mini-XP or Win-PE.

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Ok, I'm up the wall on this, I'm trying to get a copy of Windows to install on a flash drive and boot from BIOS, but there's almost now way of doing so.

I remembered that Windows 8 7850 build had or has a feature called Portable Workspace where Windows will install onto a flash drive so you can take it to any puter you please. That's great and all, but where in the blue hell is it?! :stomp: It's like it's not there. Do I need something special to do something to it or what?
Thanks! :bounce:

A:Windows 8 Portable Workspace, where is it?!

Hi there, this feature is only for windows 8 enterprise edition. Are you running that?

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I would like to use Windows Mail (which I think is an EXCELLENT piece of software) on both my desktop and Laptop computers.

I have tried copying all the files to the alternate machine, which works.

BUT - and this is the BIG BUT, each time I move the files to the other machine, I have to re-input passwords for all the e-mail accounts I have set up. As I have several, this is a real pain.

Does anyone know where these e-mail passwords are held?

Also, IDEALLY, I would like to specify that the mailstore was on a flash drive or external disk, but Windows Mail (like Outlook Express before it, does not allow this). Does anyone know a workaround (eg: registry edit) to fix this?


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SE-Explorer - a free portable alternative for Windows Explorer is updated and now supports ZIP archives and has new Size Scanner panel which allows to search and classify large files on your computer in a moment.

Features summary:

Two file windows side by side
Enhanced search function
Tabbed interface
A lot of build-in viewers:

Picture viewer which supports most popular image file formats
Video player for quick video preview
Audio player with playlists support
Text editor with syntax highlighting
Hex editor for binary files
ZIP archives explorer
RTF document file view
SWF Flash movie preview
Browser window for local web files
TTF Font files view
XML structure view

Program requires Microsoft .NET and installation is about 580 KB.

Web site: SE-SOFT.COM

A:Portable alternative for Windows Explorer

Umm, already mentioned by you : http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic108302.html


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I'm trying to create a portable version of windows 7

Do you know how to do this?

I'm trying to:
- create a VHD with system installed
- create a bootable pen with windows 7
- add the vhd, now copied into pen, to usb boot menu

.. what do you thing ?

A:I'm trying to create a portable version of Windows 7

edit - ok I see you already have another thread on this topic so lets discuss it there:

Windows 7 VHD installed and used on USB Key?

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Hello, I am not 100% sure that this topic is in the right section but here goes...

I have a portable, bootable, Windows XP Professional SP2 built with USBoot on my Toshiba 400GB external USB HDD. It works perfectly for when I run virus scanners and cleaning utilities at work as well as do photo editing and 3d modeling at school. The only problem is I've been able to boot it on every computer that supports USB 2.0 so far, except for my own computer at home.

My home computer is a Dell Dimension 8300 and it does support booting from USB devices. (I use to run Slax, and then Kubuntu off of it and they booted fine off the drive on my home system but it was frustrating to have to deal with their incompatibilities in a mostly Microsoft world...) Unfortunately now when I try to boot portable windows from it on my home system I get "Error Loading Operating System" which leads me to believe that the Bios is at fault.

An idea I had was to bootkick it from some CD or use some form of boot loader that points to the USB drive and doesn't fully rely on the Bios' ability to boot it. But I have no idea how to do that for Windows XP alone or if it's even possible. What would be really cool is if the CD could also help with booting it on systems which their Bios doesn't support USB booting, But if there's some other way that I can use to make this work I would love to hear about it.

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A:Portable Windows XP Booting issues

Hi There

Its actually not a good idea to have windows XP on a portable drive as when you move it to a diffrent PC the configuration of the OS changes to that PC, So I would recommend Installing XP onto your home drive and do not try booting XP from a portable HDD again as this damages the files on the disk as the OS has to install new devices everytime itstarts

What you could try at work is , go system properties , advanced , enviroment varibles and set the following system varibles :Varible Name: devmgr_Show_non_present_devices Varible Value : 1

Now go to device manager and click show all devices (hidden devices) , the one's that are greyed or washed out icons , you could uninstall without affecting your system. This should work

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Ok guys so here's a list of portable software with it's categories. If i missed something, let me know, and i will add it to the list Ok so let's get started.

1)Audio editor

Audacity (Free alternative to Adobe Audition)
2)3D Graphics Editing

Blender 3D
3)Antivirus Scanners

Hitman Pro
Dr.Web Cure It!
VIPRE Rescue Scanner
Norman Malware Cleaner
Emsisoft Emergency Kit
Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool
McAfee Stinger
Panda Cloud Cleaner
Norton Power Eraser
Comodo Cleaning Essentials
Zemana Antimalware
4)Audio Players

WinAmp (discontinued)
5)CD/DVD/BD Burning Software

BurnAware Free
ISO Workshop
6)Image Viewing and Editing

FastStone Image Viewer
FastStone Photo Resizer
Image Tuner
7)IM (Instant Messaging)

8)Compression Tools

9)Torrent clients

10)Maintenance/Tuneup Tools

10.1 Disk/Privacy Cleaners

Privacy Eraser
Wise Disk Cleaner
Disk Cleaner
Mooo0 Disk Cleaner
10.2 Uninstallers

Revo Uninstaller
IObit Uninstaller
Geek Uninstaller Free
Wise Program Uninstaller
10.3 Registry Cleaners/Defraggers

Wise Registry Cleaner
Auslogics Registry Defrag
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A:List Of Portable Software for Windows

Are they all really portable software?

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hi guys
i have 2 portable programs(photoshop and nero).the worked properly in my last windows(7) but when i open them nothing happens?

A:my portable programs do not work in windows 8

Hi there
Portable Photoshop is not a LEGAL program so according to Forum rules you shouldn't ask about these and we aren't allowed to give answers on them either.

As for Nero there's a free version available or imageburn also free is available.

The best way if you want to run "Portable apps" is really to install the LEGAL programs you need and create a Windows to Go system.


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What is the correct way to disconnect a USB portable drive from a Win7 system running Windows PE (during image capture/deployment)? Can I just pull out the USB connector or is there a safer method?

A:Disconnecting Portable USB drives in Windows PE

Try to make your removal drive offline with diskpart tool then eject it.
Hope it helps.
Alex ZhaoPlease remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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Hi, I have a pc running windows 7 pro 64 bit. I am wondering why everytime I turn it on with my portable drive plugged in, it would attempt to boost from that drive and give me an error. I have checked the boost order and did not see anything strange in the setting. This is a picture that I took (ADATA CH11 is the portable drive in question- there are other thumb drives plugged in too but they do not cause any problems).


can someone take a look at this for me? Many thanks!

PS: inside that portable drive I copied the C drive of my old vista computer and put it in a folder- I do not think it causes the issue but just in case...

A:windows keep boosting up from portable drive

Double check you boot order.

Please complete this tutorial by Golden.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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I am hoping very much that someone can help me out of a catastrophic situaition after having done a clean installation of Windows 7.

The situation is that I used my 500 GB Fugitsu HandyDrive to save Windows Easy Transfer file but now neither of my two computers will recognise the HandyDrive - they just keep saying ?new hardware found - looking for drivers? but don?t find any.

This is devastating as it is (or was!) almost ? full of months of hard work - some backed up some not (my fault of course).

I have been using the HandyDrive to work between my 18? and 10? laptops both of which had Vista.

I have the Acer Windows 7 Upgrade Kit for the 18? laptop and after 4 failed upgrade attempts and one failed clean installation, I tried one last clean installation which at last was successful. Each time I ran the Upgrade Advisor and carried out the recommendations. The Handydrive was shown as ?USB Mass Storage Device? and shown as being Compatible with Windows 7
I saved the Windows Easy Transfer file on the Handydrive.

After the successful installation of Windows 7, I carried out the Easy Transfer but was dismayed to find I had very few programs now (I had thought they would be on the Upgrade disc but cant find them). I took the Handydrive out of 18? (now with Windows 7) and plugged it into 10? (Vista) so that I could print the Upgrade Advisor file I had saved, which showed the programs I had before clean install. Disaster - it wouldn?t work! The HandDrive was not in my Cio... Read more

A:Could Windows 7 Have Reformatted My Portable Harddrive

When doing a clean install there is only one way to get your old prograams, you must reinstall with key numbers if applicable.

Reinstalling programs is one downside of clean install. Easy Transfer is used for settings, email, personal data, but not programs.

I truly wish you luck with your situation,

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Hello, I bought a Seagate SRD00F1 1TB external hard disk drive. It does not show up on my computer. All it shows is as portable, and nothing on the computer window.

Please help I am on the verge of losing important data

It does not detect on any other ports of the desktop or in another desktop or laptop, and also my ports are fine I can plug in other hard disk drives just fine.

A:Windows wont detect portable harddisk

Well, I would try to see if you have a Linux machine or if a friend has one where you can plug your external in and see if it can detect it?

Also, this may not be your HD failing but it could be the chip on your case that has gone bad. The only way to test this is to physically remove the Hard Drive from its external case (being VERY careful). Typically (but not always) this involves completely destroying the case. As I said "not always" my external case simply has a piece that I can remove to get to the Sata connectors, which is what you want to get to.

Once you have removed your external case and/or have access to the Sata connectors on the actual Hard drive, use a Sata data/power cable to connect it directly to your PC. (as if it were just a normal HD)

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I had bought a WD portable HD of 1TB storage about 8 months ago. It has worked fine until yesterday when I tried to plug it in to my laptop, the pop up read "You need to format the disk in H:\ before you can use it". Formatting it is obviously not an option - not now that it has 8 months worth of data on it.

I tried assigning a different drive letter to it using disc management - but the same pop up shows up every time.

So in short, when I plug it in, an icon for it does show up in the explorer but I am not able to view its contents and get that wretched pop up that I am sick of seeing by now ..

Any help would be greatly appreciated since the drive has *very* important work related documents that I do not have a backup of - ironically the copies on the drive are supposed to be the backup copies

A:Western Digital portable HD - not recognized on Windows 7

If you have only one copy, then there is no backup regardless of the name you apply to the media on which it resides.

Try connecting the drive to another computer. If the result is the same, then try removing the disk from the enclosure and connecting it internally to another computer as a secondary drive. If the result is the same, you may need $professional$, $pecialized help.

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I have always imaged my Windows 7 laptop using the in built Windows system image back up and it works great. A couple of times I have restored the image to get me out of a hole and it worked every time.

Anyway over the weekend I went to take an up to date image onto my USB 3.0 WD My Book Hard drive. I plugged the USB drive into the power strip and heard a loud bang like a balloon being burst. I quickly unplugged the USB drive. After a change of underwear I flipped the breaker back up to restore upstairs power. Everything came back to life indicating the problem must of been with the USB hard drive. But bizarrely when I tested the WD drive at another power strip it lit up and seemed to still be alive!!! So I put it down to one of those unexplained things and proceeded to start the windows image of the laptop. It took a while because it was backing up 650 gb of data and hadn't been done for nearly 6 months. After about 2 or 3 hours it was nearing the end of finishing the image backup when suddenly I got BSOD on Windows 7. Pretty annoying. I force powered off the laptop and rebooted windows. I decided to try and start the imaging off again but now the USB HD isn't detected by windows when I plug it into any of the USB ports. I tested the ports with a couple of small USB flash drives and they were detected just fine. So the problem obviously lies with the WD drive. I am just worried by the BSOD and whether that may of risked damage to my windows installation being disrupted dur... Read more

A:Are portable USB hard drives ok to use for Windows Image?

Yes, no problem. The external drives that require their own power supply are generally 3.5" drives while the smaller drives that can be powered via the USB port are generally 2.5" drives. Neither is "safer" or more reliable so it's simply a matter of personal preference which you use. As long as the smaller drive is large enough disk space wise to handle your backup needs then it is certainly much handier since there's no need to plug in for additional power.

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Like i said in title windows creates folders on my portable hdd and read only and can not be deleted when windows is running folder names look like hash, one time i saw how windows installer dumped automaticly temp files on my hdd. Thats should be all.

A:No Hurry: Windows creates folder(s) on portable hdd

I'm not sure I know the question. ???
It sounds like you have temporary files assigned to it. What do you normally store on the drive? What is it's use? Do you have any software programs stored on it? Did you download ZIP files to it?

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While its great (build 7100 x64) but till now "most" portable programs work but some don't work in windows 7, they work fine on Vista though.

Any clue how to make them work or whats stopping them from working?

A:portable programs dont work in windows 7

which apps did you use ?
Which compatibility shims were used ?

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I couldn't find anywhere else to post this question.

Why would you want to install W10 on a portable usb hard diskj you may ask?

Simply because I don't want to ruin my current W7 desktop installation+software configuration

and I would liker to try W10.

A:Can Windows 10 be installed on a portable USB hard disk?

This might be what you are looking for,

Portable OS - Carry your OS on an External Drive

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Hi there

ADDED Notes for UEFI systems --- see my last post in this thread for details when using UEFI systems.
If you haven't got Windows 8 Enterprise and you want to make a portable Windows system then it can still be done quite easily (and a good learning process too).

What you need to get acceptable performance is a USB3 stick (large enough for a Windows system) or better an SSD - if you've got or replaced an older 120 GB SD for example that will be perfect.. An SSD connected to even a USB2 port will provide a decent enough response - better if you connect the SSD to a USB3 port even with the standard SATA==>USB2 cable. An esata connection is fastest. You need also a USB installation stick.

1) Download OPENSUSE 13.1 either the full version or the Live CD -- while the live CD is less download the full version seems to work better.
2) Create a bootable USB of the downloaded distro. To do this read this link - it's better on a USB even if you DO have DVD/CD's in your machine. Faster and easier.


3) boot the USB -- Very important press F2 to select your language and keyboard and F3 to select the correct video resolution for your monitor.

4) In the selections after boot choose KDE (it's the easiest and most Windows like interface for people not used to Linux).

5) Now follow the instructions here EXACTLY - especially the BOOT LOADER otherwise you will write the boot record to your Windows HDD and you'll get pro... Read more

A:How to make Portable Windows system (any version)

I've got to get me a 64GB USB3 stick to try this with, sounds like fun.

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I feel like I'm missing something here, because there has to be a way to do this. I don't like data redundancy, so I'm trying to avoid having a copy of every song on my hdd and my zen micro. But, it seems that windows media player wont play songs directly off the device! Is this really the case? Under the "All Music" tree in "My Library" there is no option for portable devices! If this is really supposed to be like this, I'm a little dissapointed that I changed my firmware to PlaysForSure to sync with WMP. Am I just missing something? Thanks!

A:Windows Media Player 10 And Portable Devices

Here's a thought...

Try opening up My Computer and accessing the Zen Micro as a storage drive and double clicking to play the files from there.


Don't use Windows Media Player and instead use some thrid party program like WinAmp.

My $.02


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My work PC running WinXP SP3 32 bit was recently flattened out and loaded with Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. Some of the portable apps crash on launch. I am logged in as local administrator as well. I have performed the following steps but still no luck. All programs are under "Program Files" and "Program Files (x86)" folders

1. Executed TAKEOWN /f on both directories
2. Executed ICACLS /grant administrators:F /t on both the directories
3. Set the application compatibility mode to Windows XP SP3 and even tried launching with "Run as Administrator"
4. Ran procmon when launching the applications. None of the entries stood out except a CreateFile entry prior to process exit related C:\Windows\Prefetch with result status NAME_NOT_FOUND. However I could navigate to the directory and locate the file as well
5. I tried launching in Windows XP Virtual PC and received module MSVCR80.dll cannot be loaded error message

Any help is much appreciated

A:Portable apps not launching on Windows 7 Ultimate


Portable apps not launching sometimes is a DEP problem. Event viewer would show event ID 1000 (app crash) with source 100. usally can be cured by changing dep setting to "for all apps"

Just a guess hope it works


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I'm on Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits

I use Adobe Flash CS5.5 Portable for old compatibilities issues.

To make it work I've uninstalled KB3045999, KB3022345 & KB3068708

It worked perfectly till today but unfortunately after a windows update the annoying window "The application was unable to load a required virtual machine component...." has appeared again.

Any idea of which update could conflict again with portable apps ?


A:Portable apps not working again after Windows update

Uninstall one by one to find it?

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I had Windows 7 in my previous computer and now I am trying to use it in my Lenovo tower with Windows 10.  A message appears:  D:\ is not accesible.  The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.
Can you help me please?

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HelloCan you clone from one laptop to another laptop with USB cabling?

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I have copied some windows media files to my portable hdd player.

Each of the files is contained in a separate file folder whilst on the portable hdd.

When the hdd is connected to the pc via usb, I can view the files without any problem.

When I connect to hdd to the television, some of the files I have copied cannot be viewed.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

A:Problem with windows media files copied to portable hdd

Can you add some extra information for me? What are the model numbers of ALL of the devices in you mentioned in your post?

And also, when you say "windows media files" what are we talking about? WMV? AVI? MP4?

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hey guys, does anyone know where i can find these? i found some earlier, but it turns out they were all infected with virii and i had to re-install XP on the machine. i always believed that it was more difficult to infect a portable app with a virus? guess i was wrong. btw, i have an app running on this machine and when it runs it runs something called 'thinstall' in the lower right hand side of my screen.

thanks guys

A:Where to find legitimate source of portable applications for Windows?

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