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Can I install Oracle 11g on a hard drive. Can I use this hard drive in another computer where 11 g is not installed and just play a bit with Oracle?

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closed as not a real question by Ward, EEAA, Chopper3, Iain Feb 1 '12 at 15:36

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Why not just install it on that computer? – ceejayoz Feb 1 '12 at 15:03
Cannot that is a live server, hence my manager wants me to create for him something like a hard drive which would have oracle installed in it. But i have no idea about this, because what I think is that oracle 11 g creates some temporary files in windows which wont allow this to happen. What do you think about this?? – Sahib Singh Feb 1 '12 at 15:11
So you can't install Oracle, but you can put in random hard drives from your desktop machine? Your manager needs to provide you with a test/development server. – ceejayoz Feb 1 '12 at 15:21
Can you please give me deep explanation on this.And one more thing by hard drive I meant an external hard drive – Sahib Singh Feb 1 '12 at 15:33
The deep explanation for this is that you're out of your depth and this is a stupid question. – Chopper3 Feb 1 '12 at 15:36

That's not possible. Oracle install creates several services, modifies the registry to include oracle_home path amogst others. Without these services running & none of the registry keys, the server won't start.

And if you have configured the data & log files to be on separate drives, then that's another whole different ballgame.

If you need to play with something, just use a Virtual Machine. Oracle provides several VM appliances and that you can just download & start playing with. If you need your live data to work with, export the data, import it into the VM & play to your hearts' content.

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By playing i meant write queries and update database. – Sahib Singh Feb 1 '12 at 15:38

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