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How to run windows 8 from external hard drive?


SebasSmits

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Hello everyone,
A few months ago my laptop broke and it needed repairs. The HDD was replaced and i got my laptop back with one new HDD inside and one "broke" HDD in a bag. Later the "Repaired" Laptop crashed again so i bought a new one and took the HDD out of the old laptop. I bought a HDD case with USB connection and both of the HDD's where intact. The oldest HDD contained windows 7 and the replaced contained windows 8. Now i want to sell the Windows 8 HDD so i want it to be clean of personal files but i want it to keep windows 8. I thought the solution was to run the windows 8 on the HDD so i can use the program deletation program of that windows 8. The problem is i dont know how to run windows 8 of a hard drive. I have searched the internet but with no succes. I know its possible but i dont know so i ask you guys if you can help me.
Greetings Sebas
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1, Win 8, Win 7, Win Vista, Win XP
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus X301A
    CPU
    Intel I3
    Motherboard
    Default
    Memory
    640 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Default
    Browser
    IE 10
    Antivirus
    Norton

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Why not just wipe the drive so it's blank, delete all the partitions on it. There is no point in trying to keep the Windows 8 install that is on it. You can't sell a preinstalled OS like that, not legally anyway. It's going to fail activation anyway when put in another PC that has different hardware in it than the one it was originally installed on.
Windows To Go will run from a USB drive but you have to have Windows 8 Enterprise to create the drive. Your normal Windows 8 install isn't meant to run like that.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
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    Thermaltake TR 620
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    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
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    Stock heatsink fan
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    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
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    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Windows Defender
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    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

SebasSmits

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Okay Thanks,
Your advice is just to delete everything of the drive including windows 8 because it will not work on an other PC because of hardware, drivers and maybe it wont even open because the new computer has an other IP adress. Thats pretty clever.
I beleve i just have to format the disk right? or something else?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1, Win 8, Win 7, Win Vista, Win XP
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus X301A
    CPU
    Intel I3
    Motherboard
    Default
    Memory
    640 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Default
    Browser
    IE 10
    Antivirus
    Norton

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Yes, Windows isn't meant to be transferred from PC to PC like that. Doing it usually just opens a big can of worms and gives those involved a big headache.
If the disk only has one partition on it formatting it will erase everything. If it has more than one partition on it you'll have to format each one. The quick and easy way is to just go to disk management and delete all the partitions on the disk, and then create one new one. If you have sensitive info on that drive you may want to go one step further and do a clean all.
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command - Windows 7 Help Forums

Partition or Volume - Delete - Windows 7 Help Forums
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

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