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    Question External hard rive question!

    Hi this is my first post so be gentle!!

    I've recently just purchased a 250GB external hard drive which is connected via USB 2.0 my question is can i safely run my operating system off this of would i best to keep in on my internal 40GB wonder?

    Sorry if it's a stupid question but my knowledge on this is limited so any ifo would be greatly appreciated.


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    Not all motherboards support booting from a USB device, though most modern boards will. In all honesty it'll be much slower than running your system off an internal drive - perhaps use this as a data/backup drive?

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    • Funkstar's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte EG45M-DS2H
      • CPU:
      • Intel Core2Quad Q9550 (2.83GHz)
      • Memory:
      • 8GB OCZ PC2-6400C5 800MHz Quad Channel
      • Storage:
      • 650GB Western Digital Caviar Blue
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 512MB ATI Radeon HD4550
      • PSU:
      • Antec 350W 80+ Efficient PSU
      • Case:
      • Antec NSK1480 Slim Mini Desktop Case
      • Operating System:
      • Vista Ultimate 64bit
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407 + 2408 monitors
      • Internet:
      • Zen 8mb
    ^^ what he said

    if you wanted to speed up booting at all you would need to have the new drive internal.

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    As i thought! Ok guys thanks for the input need to invest a new internal now.

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