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How can I install Windows Vista from Computer A onto a HDD that is connected to Computer A through a SATA-to-USB connector?

My intention is not have this HDD to function as an alternative OS to boot into, but rather to later install this HDD onto Computer B and have it run on Computer B so that it can get into Windows. I just want to use Computer A to install Windows Vista onto the HDD which Computer B will later use.

Is this possible?

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I know of no way to do what you asked, however: You can put the HDD as only disk in computer A, install vista, run sysprep generalise, and then move the HDD to computer B. – Hennes Dec 18 '12 at 19:31
Yeah, sysprep will be required as the hardware will likely be different in B. Why can't you install in B directly BTW? – Karan Dec 18 '12 at 19:31
@Karan For some reason which I'm not sure of, I keep getting a 0xc00000e9 "I/O Error" when booting from the Vista installation disc on Computer B. I don't think my HDD has problem because my Computer A can read and write files onto the HDD when connected through a SATA-to-USB cable. So, I thought perhaps I could try installing Windows from Computer A. – xenon Dec 18 '12 at 19:35
I/O Error? I would still advise you to download the HDD manufacturer's utility and test the drive thoroughly for defects. You can also try installing Vista from a USB stick instead - maybe that will work if there's some problem with your DVD drive/cabling. – Karan Dec 18 '12 at 23:57

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