I wish to install Windows 8 on a laptop's external USB HDD. Is this the best and safest way to do it? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo27iz1Q3x8
I tried the different guides on the web and most of the were incomplete or rather poor imho. The best guide that walked me through the surprisingly simple process of installing Win 8 on an external HDD is in the following link:
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In order to create the boot and prepare your external windows Installation's MBR, you may need to run the
I am pasting all instructions here for safe keeping in case anyone needs to do this: 1. Launch the Deployment Tools Command Prompt with administrative rights from the Start Menu. It can be found under All Programs and then Microsoft Windows AIK.
It's possible: here's how to install a portable version of Windows 8 on a USB hard drive that you can take anywhere.
The Enterprise version of Windows 8 has a feature called Windows To Go that lets you install a portable version of Windows on a "certified" flash drive. Unfortunately, most of us don't have the Enterprise edition of Windows 8, nor a certified flash drive. However, there is a tool called WinToUSB that can essentially do the same thing, no matter what version of Windows you have. Here's how it works.
This allows you to install and run Windows operating system on a USB hard drive or USB flash drive, using an ISO image or CD/DVD drive as the source of installation. WinToUSB also support creating bootable WinPE USB drive, it can help you to transfer the contents of WinPE to the USB drive and make the drive bootable.