ddie, on 08 July 2012 - 09:27 PM, said:
I'd like first to say hello as I am new to this Forum. I did make some readings before registering and I'm confident that this is a good place to be. I like most of the articles I have read.
Please let me ask my first question right here. I apologize if this was asked before. In that case please point me to the right direction otherwise I am happy to read your help. Thank you!
I want to prepare a USB Harddrive to carry with me. I want Win7 or Linux (or both --> dualboot) on it and all of the useful working Software. Just installing a new Windows on a new Harddrive, then put that one in a External USB Harddrive Container and boot from USB (as external Drive) does not work. I remember that I have read some times back that there needs to be a small (??) Software to be installed on the USB ext. HD in order to properly boot from. Unfortunately I can't find that article anymore.
Further I have done some Searches on the topic. Those mainly have brought up links to Youtube sessions how to configure a HD using a lot of Hands-On steps. I wonder if there are simpler ways of doing it (e.g. the mentioned SW above).
So here my Question:
How do I create a Bootable External USB Harddrive with Win7 and Linux (Dualboot not a must)? At any moment I like to plug it into my Computer or other Computers and work under the alternate drive.
BTW - my current Computer has already a Win7 installed.
I much appreciate your help - thank you!
The simplest option: CLONE a bootable drive. Program I finally found for that which is easy to use, is Macrium Reflect 5 Pro. I think I paid $60 per license? License is per machine, not per user, so I got four of them. Really easy to use. It's a turnkey program for all you'll need, and gives you total freedom to change options.
Anyway, one of the subprograms is CLONE DISK. To use it, you ideally need an external hard drive with nothing valuable on it already, and that drive needs to be bigger than your root -- at least, larger than the USED portion of your root. So while in Macrium, you point at your root drive, hit CLONE DISK link; then when presented with other connected drives, point at the external drive you want to hold the clone. Takes an hour to clone.
So now: you can plug the CLONED drive into any computer and operate it just as if you were on the computer from which you cloned. That means, connected at boot (assuming you've told the computer you're on to look for boot device on USB prior to hard drive) -- you can just boot and THAT drive will be considered the 'computer'.
Really handy for instantly changing what computer you're on, and especially for when your computer crashes but you need to be up and running within minutes. Effectively, the cloned drive IS your computer. Home away from Home. Golly, it's such a great solution.
I wish I had learned that solution earlier. But when my registry crashed in May, I went on a hunt for disk image with backup software, because the only way to recover from a registry crash, is to CLONE. Cost me two months of 16-hour days just reinstalling my program files, because a registry crash means all files on your machine CANNOT BE READ by Windows. As a result, I had hoped to make my next computer (purchased only last Wednesday) dual-boot with Linux; but after reading the problems with Linux, I'll instead just keep Linux Live CDs for troubleshooting. Got Clonezilla and GParted. Oh, and EASEUS, but that latter suite scares me. (Maybe for no good reason, still testing it.)
In short, rather than wrestle with other options, CLONE. Best of all, if you're on the road using your clone drive, you can always bring it home and then transfer the files you modified, to your main computer. To do this most easily, you need one more step: BEFORE YOU LEAVE, back up your whole cloned drive via Macrium's Full Backup. It's really an image file, so takes about an hour. Then, on your return, do an incremental backup, then restore the increment. You can restore to a different drive (i.e., the real computer you'd cloned FROM).
Macrium's incremental backup is fast. I run it daily, and it takes 5-7 minutes. Maybe longer, if I did a lot on the machine that day.
This post has been edited by brainout: 18 August 2012 - 05:30 AM