Solved Trying to install win 10 on external drive

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Minyguy

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The internal hard disk on my desktop broke, and i don't know how to replace it, or how to buy one that fits, so i asked in the store if it was possible to run the operating system on an external drive, and the guy said yes, so i bought a 1tb external hdd usb hard disk.

I've been trying with the help from this guide for the boot bios configuration, and this one for setting up the hard drive

I tried using the boot.wim from a win 10 iso file from the microsoft website, but it resulted in a crash. I also tried converting the install.esd to wim and using that, but it didn't recognize it as an operating system



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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-6100U CPU @ 2.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 78 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3960 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 520, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 117 GB (3 GB Free);
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You cannot install & run W10 from an external HD. The link you are trying to follow is allowing a boot from an external HD o USB drive that will let you install Windows on your internal drive from the USB & not from a DVD
If your internal HD is broken, and you don't know how to change it yourself, then take the computer to a shop & get them to do it for you. Any other way is so difficult that you will tear your hair out with terrible results.

The only way W10 works from a USB /External HS is using windows to go which is a feature designed & only in Enterprise & education editions of W10. That is designed to have an image of a standard working computer on a USB dive & used by on the road sales people etc who plug the USB drive in & that replaces the Internal HD on the host computer and as soon as the USB is taken out, the original windows boots up again
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/planning/windows-to-go-overview
 

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The internal hard disk on my desktop broke, and i don't know how to replace it, or how to buy one that fits
Motherboard: LENOVO, 20FVS0GP00
You said the hard drive in your "desktop" broke.
According to your log and the hardware specs at its marketing site, you have a Lenovo Thinkpad L460 "laptop".
Is that correct?

What's the exact serial number on yours, and which country was it purchased in?
If it came with Windows 10 Home 64-bit installed in it, is it still under warranty?

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You can also boot to the USB through Legacy mode in BIOS settings, but I advise only doing this if you know what you're doing.
 
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