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can i use my external hard drive to network software

by tedg3 / September 7, 2009 2:16 PM PDT

I would like to use my external hard drive to hold all of my software and network it to my other computers is this a possibility ? would it cause an issue with two computers running the same program at once any suggestions or feedback

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I doubt it will work
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / September 7, 2009 8:29 PM PDT

If you mean install software onto a networked hard drive, then attempt to access/use that software from two or more computers, then I doubt it will work.

There is software that will install wholly onto a USB drive, but these are usually "Mobile" devices, designed specifically to be used on the go, eg MobileFirefox, etc.

Normal software, Office, and such, need to have system files and personal files installed on each system, and they are not interchangeable.


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Not all software titles do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 7, 2009 9:16 PM PDT

Research PORTABLE APPS and you find stuff that is portable. But most software is not so portable.

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For those apps that are not so portable,
by Rex2010 / July 12, 2010 12:27 PM PDT

you may need to download Prayaya V3, which makes it possible you to run any app off an external hard disk or a USB drive.

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Prayaya V3
by jager555 / May 12, 2011 6:21 AM PDT

Prayaya V3 is definitely what you are looking for. I know its not free, but its completely worth it! I tried this program out after learning about MojoPac and I have to say that it is way better. I think that it is faster and you can do a lot more with it, especially because it is not limited to just Windows XP. It can run on XP/Vista/7 flawlessly. Because I travel a lot, I am constantly on the go and because pretty much every place that I've been uses Windows, I am always concerned about security, especially because I usually cant restart public computers and boot my own Linux distro. With Prayaya, this eliminates most of the problems. Not only is it secure, its super easy.Check it out at and let me know what you think.

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I do know, for a fact, that MS Office is Networkable.
by LucJPatenaude / July 12, 2010 4:57 PM PDT

First, you will have to be internet connected, then, via a modem/router, create a wireless network.

Since, MS Office 2007, you could network the apps of Office via the 'Cloud' of interconnectivity of wirelessly connected work-stations.

You should, really, check out the Microsoft Office Web-site for all the FAQs about how to properly network MS Office. Also, the 2010 version is about just around the corner in its availability(retail that is).

Doing the load up of one different program at a time for each workstation might just work. Word on the first, Excel on the second and, Presentation on the third.

Or, having to buy extra licenses in order to be able to install office for each workstation you currently have onto your Home Network, might be required.

Good luck with this project. Wink

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