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Windows 7: Putting the System Repair Disc on a USB stick

12 Sep 2010   #1
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 
Putting the System Repair Disc on a USB stick

Now I know that we have a tutorial for this. However, the tutorial uses a 3rd party product.

this write-up shows how to roll-your-own using only your Windows 7.

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WIN 7 SYSTEM REPAIR DISC ON A BOOTABLE USB
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Putting a Win 7 System Repair Disc on a bootable USB consists of three steps:
1. Create a System Repair Disc
2. Prepare a USB stick
3. Copy the System Repair Disc to the USB

Step 1. Create a System Repair Disc
START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button

Step 2. Prepare a USB stick
The stick is prepared by running CMD.EXE as an administrator (also known as an elevated command prompt) and then using DiskPart to prepare the USB stick.

Elevated command prompt = Run CMD.EXE as administrator
• WIN key
• Type CMD.EXE (do not hit Enter key)
• In the Programs list, Right-Click on CMD.EXE
• Click on Run as administrator
• YES button

Use DiskPart to prepare the USB Stick
• type DiskPart, Enter key
• type List disk, Enter key
note the numeral of the disk you want to clean
for example purposes, I’ll be using the numeral 2
• type Select disk 2, Enter key
• type Detail disk, Enter key
this info will let you know if you selected correctly
• type Clean ALL, Enter key
your entire disk is being overwritten with zeros.
This can take a considerable amount of time
• type Create Partition Primary, Enter key
This will create a primary partition
• type Format fs=ntfs, Enter key
This formats the partition using the ntfs format.
• type Assign, Enter key
This assigns the next available volume letter to the volume.
• type Active, Enter key
This marks the current partition as active. Verifies that partition is capable of being a bootable partition.
• type EXIT, Enter key
This exits the DiskPart program.
• type EXIT, Enter key
This exits the command shell.

Step 3. Copy the System Repair Disc to the USB stick
Insert the System Repair Disc in the CD/DVD drive.
Using Windows Explorer, copy the entire contents to the USB stick.


You now have a bootable System Repair Disc on a USB stick.


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12 Sep 2010   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Excellent Karl,

I want to make one shortly, what size USB stick would be best ?
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12 Sep 2010   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

As the repair disk will fit on a CD a 1GB stick should be more than enough.
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12 Sep 2010   #4
Keiichi25

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Home Premium x64
 
 

Actually, the tutorial also covers this part.
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12 Sep 2010   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Excellent Karl,

I want to make one shortly, what size USB stick would be best ?

256 MB is sufficient.
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