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Title says it all, I have searched Google a lot before anyone asks, but it's mainly people mistaking the question for Hard Disks. I don't have one to test but I was thinking I would use one instead of using an internal drive to free up space for modding. smile.gif

Something like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005N2UE2O
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Title says it all, I have searched Google a lot before anyone asks, but it's mainly people mistaking the question for Hard Disks. I don't have one to test but I was thinking I would use one instead of using an internal drive to free up space for modding. smile.gif
Something like this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005N2UE2O

As long as your machine supports booting from an external dvd drive then yes its quite possible
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I have before, But who even uses a disk drive now anyway?

My rig hasn't had one for years, Just install off flash memory and benefit from faster install.
   
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I have before, But who even uses a disk drive now anyway?
My rig hasn't had one for years, Just install off flash memory and benefit from faster install.

I have stacks of unused blank DVD's that have been sitting around for years, I gotta use them for something lol. Blu-ray drives are what I would call useless.

To the OP, just enable USB booting in your bios and install it like you would an internal drive.
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I have stacks of unused blank DVD's that have been sitting around for years, I gotta use them for something lol. Blu-ray drives are what I would call useless.
To the OP, just enable USB booting in your bios and install it like you would an internal drive.

How are blu-ray drives useless? never watch a movie?
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As long as your machine supports booting from an external dvd drive then yes its quite possible

Are you referring to enabling USB boot devices like james says? I'm not sure a mobo would be as specific to say it supports external dvd drive booting.

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Originally Posted by Rian View Post

I have before, But who even uses a disk drive now anyway?
My rig hasn't had one for years, Just install off flash memory and benefit from faster install.

Most of my apps will install from discs so I would need a dvd drive of some kind any way. tongue.gif

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Originally Posted by james_ant View Post

To the OP, just enable USB booting in your bios and install it like you would an internal drive.

This is what I thought I would need to do, I was reading a support forum for branded netbooks though and the employees said it wouldn't work "it won't be recognised by BIOS because it is an external device, only Windows can see it." which is what is putting the doubt in my head. confused.gif

Could it be they have some dumbass BIOS? I would be buying either an ASRock Extreme4 or 6 Z77 board not some crappy netbook board, obviously.

Thanks for the replies guys. smile.gif
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post #7 of 28
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How are blu-ray drives useless? never watch a movie?

I don't buy blu-rays, for the few that I do own I have a PS3 for that.

Everything I watch is downloaded or streamed.

To the OP, whoever told you that the bios would not recognise it does not know what their talking about. Every modern motherboard should have USB boot as an option, a Z77 motherboard with a UEFI bios will most certainly have that option. I even have a 5 year old P5N-E SLI motherboard that has USB boot functionality.
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I don't buy blu-rays, for the few that I do own I have a PS3 for that.
Everything I watch is downloaded or streamed.
To the OP, whoever told you that the bios would not recognise it does not know what their talking about. Every modern motherboard should have USB boot as an option, a Z77 motherboard with a UEFI bios will most certainly have that option. I even have a 5 year old P5N-E SLI motherboard that has USB boot functionality.

To each their own, but streaming is crap compared to blu-ray when it comes to quality.
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To each their own, but streaming is crap compared to blu-ray when it comes to quality.

Well netflix isn't all that bad. I get plenty of quality stuff from my other sources though.
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Well netflix isn't all that bad. I get plenty of quality stuff from my other sources though.

compared to a blu-ray it is. a blu-ray is on either a 25 or 50GB disc and somehow a 4 or 5 gig rip is gonna be the same quality?
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