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second OS on an external HD?

By kowoods
Apr 7, 2005
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  1. I want to install a second OS on a Maxtor usb 2 250 G HD partition. Is it possible...and what would the performance be like? I do this to run suspiscious software (spyware/adware/malware suspected files) without affecting my primary OS. Too cheap to buy a new internal HD. Any advice?
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Yes it is possible if your computer supports booting from USB hard disks.
     
  3. kowoods

    kowoods TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Does it run noticibly slower than an internal HD?
     
  4. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

    I would guess it would only be start up that was appreciably slower.
     
  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    I'm guessing you already have this external HDD, because internal HDD's are getting cheaper by the day.

    BTW
    :wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
     
  6. kowoods

    kowoods TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have an external, just feel it would be a waste to buy a new internal when I have enormous space on my external, and would not utilize the second OS often. Thanks for the tips.
     
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