Create Clean Fresh Win7 System and Transfer Data.

I want to build a new fresh Win7 system on a clean fast external NTFS HDD using my existing Win7 as a base from which I would transfer apps and docs.

I'm using a MacPro with Win7 in boot camp. I have three Win7 licenses and using only 1.

Is there a reliable way to create the New Win7 system on my external drive?

Moving over data seems to be relatively easy with applications like PCTrans from EaseUS!

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Scott AndrewsRetiredAsked:
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Is there a reliable way to create the New Win7 system on my external drive?

No "official" way that I know of.  Windows must normally be installed on a hard drive connected to the motherboard, usually the primary port on the primary controller.

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Scott AndrewsRetiredAuthor Commented:
I assume I could move my current C drive to the 2nd position in my MacPro tower and install the new HDD in the C drive slot. Then proceed to install a fresh Win7 and transfer the apps and docs from my old drive. Will boot camp allow a dual boot for 2 Win7 HDDs?
fred hakimRetired ITCommented:
Not sure about doing this on a MAC, but on a PC, I would simply install windows on an internal drive, then clone the drive to the USB drive.  A PC will boot it up, then Windows may add a driver for the USB drive and you should be good to go ... albeit a tad more sluggish over USB.
Scott AndrewsRetiredAuthor Commented:
Thanks... but Boot Camp tends to make things more complicated.
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