Is it possible to put OS on USB hard drive?

By learninmypc
May 14, 2012
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  1. This thought has been floating in my mind for months so I'd like to know this.
    I have a 465gb Verbatim USB flashdrive & an XP Pro OS CD.
    Is there anyway to put the OS on the USB flashdrive so I can use it on an HP laptop that has a fried hdd?
    Of course I'd have to try to change the boot up order from hdd to usb but if this aint possible,no biggie.TIA:)
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,073   +1,181

    Yes you can but unless you have a USB 3.0 connection and a fast flash drive you will suffer from slow IO rates.
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    Thanks.:)
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,267   +215

  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,073   +1,181

    Yeah sorry, I didn't mean to imply it would be easy.
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Guru Topic Starter Posts: 4,566   +184

    Thats ok, some easy tasks are hard for others. Its just nice to not have that ? mark floating in my head,lol. :)
  8. alexe3831

    alexe3831 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 117

    While it isnt easy, and yes there will be slow I/O rates without USB 3.0, I have found having a external hard drive with an OS on it is handy for recovering data from computers, also, if you cant remember your password for example, you can use the alternate example.


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