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usb harddrive question

Is it possible to use my WD USB harddrive with both my desktop and my laptop? My objective is to have a hard drive that has info that is never available when I use the internet. It seems to me that I have heard that there is a way to make the computer think that each drive is the main drive when you are using it???

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Yes, but explain...

"It seems to me that I have heard that there is a way to make the computer think that each drive is the main drive when you are using it???"

USB drives are not usually bootable and "main drive" as some would write. A longer explanation of your goal is needed.

bob

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I would assume that one of my hard drives has to be the master. What i want to do is to be able to plug the usb drive into either computer and run it as the master drive separate and apart from the master internal drive. Some one had once told me that there is a way that you can set up 2 drives so that which ever one you are using is considered the master drive
and neither drive would be affected by the other. Does this make sense?

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An external USB drive would get a drive letter. You could store files and such on it.

The term "master" doesn't apply here.

Bob

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so could you load the operating system on it anduse it a a regular harddrive or is it limited to being a storage drive?Can I load certain programs such as word or Dragon naturally speaking and NOT have these programs available on the internal drive?

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I've installed major programs on separate hard drives and it works, but the boot drive keeps track of where it is. When it boots up it may give out a 'can't find' message if the USB drive isn't connected.

John

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"so could you load the operating system on it anduse it a a regular harddrive"

Only if the machine supported it as a bootable drive. But Windows doesn't install to such. I'll note a fix for this in a moment.

" or is it limited to being a storage drive?Can I load certain programs such as word or Dragon naturally speaking and NOT have these programs available on the internal drive?"

Yes. And yes, you can install programs to it.

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A fix. Forget the USB drive and look into an SATA PCI card and an external SATA drive/case. This combo can get you a driveless PC that you plug in your drive/OS of choice.

BEWARE that with Windows XP you may incur the wrath of product activation and need another license. I will note this, but can not confirm this will happen to you. Just be ready to shell out a few more dollars for the priviledges.

Bob

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