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    Lightbulb External HDD

    About 4 Months and 2 days ago my laptop had passed away...
    We had found the that controller for the hard-drive is broken so i thought to my self...
    Can i install windows onto an external hdd? If i can can you help me? If i can't can you help me be able to use this laptop with something else (like ubuntu)

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    You can replace the mobo if you know how. Places like Ebay may sell them cheap. Whats the brand/model of the laptop?

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    You've helped me in the past Speedy (with that no ip issue) anyway the Compaq Presario CQ62-360TX.

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    Look on the bottom whats the product name / the part # or the serial #. Send it in a PM if you want. I'll see what the HP site brings up for parts for this laptop

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    Default Re: External HDD

    K, but reply in this thread

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    What I said in PM

    Umm how is it connected to the laptop?? USB? Only way you may get Win7 on that is with a USB flash drive. If it supports booting from USB in the BIOS. If you've got the Win7 cd, chuck it in something with a hdd and a cd /dvd burner Then create a folder on the hdd and copy the contents of the cd to the folder. Then you'll need something that can create ISO's. Then you can try something like this rufus. This program can create bootable usb flash drives from ISO's. Obviously the BIOS would have to see the external hdd so you can put something on it. Does it see it?

    I'm just checking out the serial # to see what p/n the mobo is. Or whatever they call it with the hdd connector. Do you have the Win7 cd??

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    Is this the bit that's broken?? The SATA connector??

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    We brought another connector but it still wouldn't pick any of the two good hdd's up

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    The dvd is fine BTW

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    Umm if you tried different sata hdd's were they sata 1 2, or 3?? And what does this laptop support? One reason the BIOS cant see it, is if the computer / laptop supports SATA 1. And the hdd you're trying is SATA 2. It wont detect it unless you switch it to SATA 150 on the hdd. If there's a switch on it

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