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Old 01-14-2019, 07:03 PM   #1
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Removing Windows HDD


So, I was thinking this -

1.) Remove my Windows-HDD (Which is an SSD by the way,)
2.) Put Windows HDD in an enclosure with USB support,
3.) Put a fresh SSD into the computer,
4.) Install my favorite Linux Distro,
5.) reboot computer,
6.) Go to BIOS,
7.) Enable Booting from USB,
8.) Boot Windows from USB whenever I feel like it,
9.) All the other times I boot off the SSD that has my Linux Distro.

Is this even possible?
I'm just wondering.
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Old 01-14-2019, 08:43 PM   #2
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Yes, it is possible.

Once you install your fav Linux distro to the fresh ssd that you plan to install Grub (the bootloader) will automatically boot to that distro.

-:::-However consistently going into the BIOS to set the pc to boot to usb will indubitably become a 'recursive practice'.-:::-

If I'm not mistaken your external HDD with Windows installed on it will need a bootloader.
Otherwise even if you set your pc to boot to the usb option it won't boot.

In the meantime do some searching:-
https://www.google.com/search?q=how+...nt=firefox-b-1
 
Old 01-14-2019, 11:55 PM   #3
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Stop wondering - try it and see. Then you'll know.
I have a feeling you couldn't boot Win that way in the past - don't know about Win10, and don't care. If it doesn't work, just put things back.
Shouldn't be too hard.
 
  


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