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Original post by: Alex Niculescu ,



Almost all laptops can boot without the internal hard drive, but only to the BIOS - there is nothing else you will be able to do.

You cannot boot from an external drive per se, you can have a Windows Installation Medium installed on that drive  (but this will only work if there is an internal hard drive - the point of the installation media is to get Windows insalled on that PC) or you can create a Linux Live USB key from which you will be able to boot.