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Hello, I'm looking for advice.

I have this HP notebook whose hard drive failed, and installing a new one is a real pain. I have to basically take the whole thing apart to get to the hard drive. (HP Sleekbook 15 - no optical drive).

Is there a way to run the operating system from an external Hard Drive? I have a Windows 7 iso and a license key. I'd need to run the OS from the usb drive. I've read it might be possible by using a Virtual Drive, but I've also read it doesn't really work out.

Can it be done successfully, and is it worth the hassle to install and run from a usb drive or should I simply sell the laptop for parts?

Thank you.

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Not sure you can run windows 7 off a USB stick unless you have the enterprise license? (Happy to be corrected!!)


I also think those slimbooks have a slimline hard drive (ssd) which might make it more expense than it's worth.

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