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Need help to install windows 8 to my external HDD

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    Need help to install windows 8 to my external HDD


    hello people, I bought new Seagate USB external harddisk (2 terabyte) and I want to install windows 8 to this external drive.
    I have windows 7 installed on my internal HDD, but when I try to do this , i am getting an error message, please take a look at picture which i sent. I need help please. Thanks
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    By default Windows won't let you install the OS to a removable/external drive. It's that way by design. To do that you would have to create a Windows To Go install. That's really only an option on the Enterprise version. You'd have to do it manually on any other version. I personally wouldn't recommend installing Windows to an external drive, performance is going to suffer and you'll likely run into other issues.
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    ok so i used the guide windows 8 to go which is on the forum How to Setup "Windows 8 To Go" on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk. But when i restarted and tried to boot from my external drive, it didnt happen. my seagate external is USB 3.0 so booting from usb 3.0 isnt possible ?
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    I would think that depends on the BIOS. It's been a while since I played around with a Windows To Go setup, but I do remember having to play around with some BIOS settings to get it to boot. It wasn't as easy as just telling my motherboard to boot from USB.
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    Make sure your BIOS is trying to boot first from the USB device. At the moment only certain devices are certified for WTG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryE View Post
    Make sure your BIOS is trying to boot first from the USB device. At the moment only certain devices are certified for WTG.

    yes i set booting first to my USB external drive but still not happening,i restarted and tried again, no chance . i also checked my bios, there are some settings related with usb 3 ;

    usb controllers : enabled
    usb 3: enabled

    i mean all enabled from bios, am i missing something?
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    Your Windows To Go install may not be bootable? Maybe you made a mistake while creating it?
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    well this is the second time i did, so i dont think so, and when i plug this drive to usb 2.0 behind my conputer case, it boots and runs windows 8 , but it doesnt boot when i plug to usb 3.0
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    Ok, its bootable then. So that would make me think that you can't boot from your USB 3 ports?
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    yes i cant boot from usb 3, anything that i need to do? any solution?
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