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8/7/2015 3:38:24 PM
HDDReply: ElaineW
Thanks Nick, I will look into it.
8/7/2015 3:05:43 PM
Internal HDDReply: Nick G
If your internal hard drive is that small, I would just suggest buying a new hard drive and reinstalling Windows on that. New internal hard drives are pretty cheap these days and installing Windows is straightforward. That would be a lot easier than trying to run off an external hard drive, and the performance would be much better.
8/7/2015 9:40:15 AM
Adding Computer SpaceReply: ElaineW
Hi Nick,
Thank you for the reply. I have an older computer that works great, but is just getting limited on space. Since programs tend to take a bit more space now I was thinking it might work if I picked up a 1-2TB external HD and moved everything over to free up the space then use the internal HD for small file storage instead.
8/6/2015 7:42:58 PM
Not recommendedReply: Nick G
You can, but i wouldn't recommend it. If you're going to switch between machines you're going to have driver issues. Even changing the usb port will give you trouble. And you can't just copy the files over, you'll need to clone the drive. Plus it'll be slow unless you're using a drive on usb 3.0. What's the reason for wanting to do that?
8/6/2015 4:57:23 PM
Computer QuestionPost: ElaineW
I know you can use an external Hard Drive to back up and store files for your computer but can you run an existing desk top off of an external hard drive?
Plugging in the USB drive and transferring everything (the computer) over to it and leaving the existing HD inside using it as back up storage.
Just curious.  Thanks.
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