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Hi. I posted this on another forum and have not yet received anything definitive. I am installing Essentials on an HP EX 495. I read in various threads that one easy way to do it is to put an unformatted drive into a separate PC, start the install, and then remove the drive after the first restart and continue the installation in the HP EX 495.

So my question--- and forgive me if this is really dumb --- I have an ICYDOCK connected to a 64-bit laptop via USB. Can I mount the unformatted drive in the ICYDOCK, start the install via the CD on my laptop, and direct the installation location to the unformatted target drive in the ICYDOCK?


For obvious reasons, if there is no prompt to specify the install location, I don't want to try this in case it attempts to install over my laptop's OS! Will Essentials install routine ask me where I want to install? I guess the next question would be, if so, will it see an unformatted drive in Icydock connected to the laptop via USB?

If there is no risk to my laptop, i would prefer to try this first before the unattended install method.

Thanks to all in advance for any advice on this!


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JSG1967 wrote:
Hi. I posted this on another forum and have not yet received anything definitive. I am installing Essentials on an HP EX 495. I read in various threads that one easy way to do it is to put an unformatted drive into a separate PC, start the install, and then remove the drive after the first restart and continue the installation in the HP EX 495.
So my question--- and forgive me if this is really dumb --- I have an ICYDOCK connected to a 64-bit laptop via USB. Can I mount the unformatted drive in the ICYDOCK, start the install via the CD on my laptop, and direct the installation location to the unformatted target drive in the ICYDOCK?


For obvious reasons, if there is no prompt to specify the install location, I don't want to try this in case it attempts to install over my laptop's OS! Will Essentials install routine ask me where I want to install? I guess the next question would be, if so, will it see an unformatted drive in Icydock connected to the laptop via USB?

If there is no risk to my laptop, i would prefer to try this first before the unattended install method.

Thanks to all in advance for any advice on this!


-Jeff


removing after 1st restart doesn't work
the way I did was fully install it in another computer, then just take the hard drive and put into in EX 495
(best to use a intel chipset system to do your install)

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