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    Re: Is there a way to install Windows 7 to a USB?

    I have several USB sticks, ranging from 16GB to 256GB. I don't know where I could buy a smaller USB stick these days. I would like to buy a 1 Terabyte stick, but they're currently too unreliable, and 256GB is plenty for installing every Linux distro and experimenting with it. I'm not sure I've ever seen a USB measured in MB.

    I'll check with my local computer store. If I can afford a 1TB SSD I'll get one, otherwise I think I'd rather use an external hard drive.
    Last edited by Acharn; February 20th, 2024 at 10:48 AM.

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    Re: Is there a way to install Windows 7 to a USB?

    Some that have purchased "very large" USB drives found them to be scams, or a small drive modified to say it is larger.
    External HDD will be faster than flash drive, but will need external power supply as USB port will not have enough power for a HDD, in most cases.

    Amazon shows $90 for both 500 GB or 1 TB ??
    SAMSUNG 980 PRO SSD 500GB PCIe 4.0 NVMe Gen 4 Gaming M.2
    Amazon shows $18
    ORICO Aluminum M.2 NVMe SSD Enclosure , Tool-Free 10Gbps USB C Adapter, USB 3.2 M.2 NVMe Reader, External SSD Case Thunderbolt 3

    Want for better support of a drive on a USB port
    UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol)

    My systems only have USB3, one with a USB-C only has USB3 speeds.
    So SSD is fine for USB3, but I still purchased a NVMe as in future expect to have system use faster USB-C that may take advantage of faster NVMe speed.
    System port, adapter & drive all need to be faster. If NVMe way faster than adapter or port, it then it not necessary to spend extra for that speed.
    But now difficult to find adapter & SSD that is "only" SSD. I guess NVMe has fallen so much in price that few M.2 SSDs are sold anymore. Most M.2 would be internal and then system can use faster speed of NVMe, so little demand for M.2 SSD.
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    Re: Is there a way to install Windows 7 to a USB?

    I already have a 1TB external drive (Western Digital) on my PC for backup. It runs fine from the USB port. Does an SSD use more power than a HDD?

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    Re: Is there a way to install Windows 7 to a USB?

    Most external HDD need external power as USB ports have limited power output.

    SSD use less power than HDD.
    I had an SATA to USB adapter. SSD worked just fine, but HDD would not spin up.
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    Re: Is there a way to install Windows 7 to a USB?

    BTW, to answer the original question:
    You can indeed create a portable version of Windows. Here is one writeup https://www.howtogeek.com/406118/how...ns-of-windows/

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    Re: Is there a way to install Windows 7 to a USB?

    This looks good, but will the Win 7 installation disk boot on a modern computer? It's MBR, not UEFI. I notice the author keeps talking about Win 10. I guess I may have to try that.
    Last edited by Acharn; February 23rd, 2024 at 11:18 AM.

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