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Windows 7: Make Usb hard drive Bootable

05 Aug 2011   #1
arpitsaxena007

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Make Usb hard drive Bootable

Hello,
Sir I am having 500gb usb hardisk in which i had create a partition of 10gb and i want to create that partition bootable with windows 7 pls tellme what to do there are many ways given to make harddisk bootable but its for complete harddisk not for selected partition.


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05 Aug 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello arpitsaxena007, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you are trying to make a Windows Operating System boot independently from USB connected Hard Disk Drive, it's not possible at all.
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05 Aug 2011   #3
arpitsaxena007

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then how should i format my pc its without dvd rom
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05 Aug 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Have a look at this first tutorial to make a bootable USB stick with the Windows 7 installation media, then you may care to have a look at the additional information listed below.
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create



To start fresh with a clean installation or clean install with an upgrade version of Windows 7, it may be best to over-write the Master Boot Record of any possible corruption and then use the Windows installer to create and format the partition(s) for installation, have a look at the "#6 clean" option of Method One in this first tutorial linked below.
Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods
DISKPART : At PC Startup

If you want to completely wipe, over-write the entire Hard Disk Drive of any possible malware infection and / or to get the best possible space to do the install to or just for security purposes, have a look at these tutorials.
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information

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07 Apr 2015   #5
dugus46

win7 pro 32 bit
 
 

I have a laptop with Win7 pro installed.... I want to take the HDD out and put it in an external USB HDD adapter and boot it on a different but the same type of laptop. The BIOS is configured to look at USB first, the Boot process starts then crashes with BSOD. Do I need to re-image the drive with an ISO that is USB bootable?
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07 Apr 2015   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

It's not going to happen. The OS is NOT portable. The OS will not start from an external drive. It MUST be installed on the system that will use it. Please read the posts to accomplish an install.
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07 Apr 2015   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dugus46 View Post
I have a laptop with Win7 pro installed.... I want to take the HDD out and put it in an external USB HDD adapter and boot it on a different but the same type of laptop. The BIOS is configured to look at USB first, the Boot process starts then crashes with BSOD. Do I need to re-image the drive with an ISO that is USB bootable?
It is not that easy. You need an iso and a separate product key for starters. Then you need a fast disk (e.g. a SSD or a super fast flash drive plus a fast port (USB3 or eSata). A HDD or USB2 will run like molasses and are no fun.

If you have all those ingredients, I suggest you experiment with Windows 10TP. There you do not need a product key. Here is how:

Windows 10 - Setup and Run on USB Flash Drive - Windows 10 Forums
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07 Apr 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Just buy a hard drive for the other laptop.

SSD 850 EVO 2.5" SATA III 120GB | Samsung Solid State Drives
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07 Apr 2015   #9
dugus46

win7 pro 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for the confirmation.... I'm going to go for the P2V migration route and just make a virtual machine. Way less hassle.
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07 Apr 2015   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

It may be a bit more hassle, but it is a lot more fun, LOL. You chicken out.
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