Can I make a copy of my laptop drive and run it from a USB drive?
I have been banging my head against the wall for quite a while trying to get this to work.
I recently purchased a new laptop with Win 8.1 "with bing". I believe this is classified as an OEM copy.
The computer did not come with any disks.
I would like to make a copy of the built-in hard drive on a USB hard drive, and be able to boot and run from the USB drive. (I want a disposable, trashable "playground" for trying things out without messing up my main built in HDD)
I have made numerous attempts using the partition manager software and the backup software, and nothing seems to work. Every time I try to boot from the USB drive, I get "no bootable device - insert boot disk and press any key".
(I have also tried the "repair MBR" function)
Is this possible to do, or am I making a stupid mistake?
Thanks in advance for any advice.