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Can I install Windows OS (Windows 7) on a removable USB hard drive?
Is there a way to make Windows 7 install .iso onto USB drive from OSX?

I just bought a new Macbook Pro. I'm going to install a SSD (180gb) + OWC Data Doubler (750gb 5,400 rpm drive that came w/ mbp) + 16gb of ram into it.

I want the SSD to be my main drive for OSX. I want the HDD to store any large files that I don't want on the SSD for OSX.

I want to install Windows 7 (most likely) on the HDD.

Since I'm removing the optical disc, I figure my only strategy for installing Windows 7 is via USB key. This is possible, yes? If so, how?

How would you implement this strategy?

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I'm pretty sure there are a few links on here on how to put Windows onto a usb drive. –  ekaj Aug 15 '12 at 2:18
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WinToFlash is a nice utility for creating a Windows installation USB drive.

Alternatively, you could actually leave the DVD drive in along with the SSD, install Windows 7 to the SSD, and then replace the DVD drive with the hard disk.

Another alternative would be to use a USB DVD drive.

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I'd say this last option is the most likely. If you are taking out the optical drive, you probably just need a SATA->USB converter, which you'll find in any SATA usb enclosure. –  Paul Aug 15 '12 at 3:38
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