No hard drive

By Lookiammikey
Feb 28, 2008
  1. I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 with no hard drive, i was just wondering if it was possible that i could install an operating system on an external drive and have my laptop run off of that.
  2. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    I think thats possible, plug her in and try it out. An external hard drive is basically just an internal hard drive, it just has a case and usually uses SATA / USB 2.0.

    Just format like you would with any other hard drive. Good luck ;D
  3. Lookiammikey

    Lookiammikey TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ill give it a try but do you think its a problem that it goes through USB, will it not detect the operating system right off the bat? Thanks
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    if your bios allows you to boot off a usb port, perhaps.

    Why not just get a hard drive? They're not expensive.
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