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Windows 7: BSOD HDD Failed - Install Windows 7 on external hard drive from boot

21 Jan 2012   #11
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

It still seems to be trying to boot from your HDD.

Can you check your BIOS, to see if it is still set to boot from your CD?


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21 Jan 2012   #12
ROCcomputerguy

 
 

set boot to cd lah, HD will just boot nothing
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21 Jan 2012   #13
oliverdowning

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I can confirm that my BIOS is set to boot from CD first, USB second. HDD has been removed from BIOS.
When cd is used to boot from it says:

No bootable devices - - strike F1...........etc..........
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21 Jan 2012   #14
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Were you able to run Ubuntu from the CD before (i.e. run it, not install it from the CD)?
It seems to be saying that the CD isn't bootable.

Do you have a W7 disk?
What happens if you try to boot using that?
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21 Jan 2012   #15
ROCcomputerguy

 
 

try using gparted live cd (burn from another pc) and reformat that drive

and then reinstall windows
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21 Jan 2012   #16
oliverdowning

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Were you able to run Ubuntu from the CD before (i.e. run it, not install it from the CD)?
It seems to be saying that the CD isn't bootable.

Do you have a W7 disk?
What happens if you try to boot using that?
Just tried from W7 USB. It starts up fine, but says it can not install windows on a usb drive. Says my computer might not be able to boot from from the external hard drive.
When I do it with just the HDD in it stalls in the black background after it says starting windows.
Incidentally, just tried to install w7 to the hard drive using another computer and it says the same thing about it not able to install hard drive connected via usb.
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21 Jan 2012   #17
ROCcomputerguy

 
 

try installing from dvd and did you reformat HD first?
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21 Jan 2012   #18
oliverdowning

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Tried to install from DVD on another computer (within windows) and I got the same error.
Just installed Linux onto the external hard drive (via another computer). It boots fine on that one, but when I went back to the Dell (HDD removed) it gave the bootmgr error again.
Does this sound like a hardware problem? because I'm just about ready to give up on this laptop now.
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21 Jan 2012   #19
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

As far as I know you can't install Windows to an externally connected USB drive. Not without hacking some files and other tricks. Its made that way by design, it will only install to an internally connected IDE or SATA hard drive. You might be able to install to an external drive connected to an eSATA jack, but you would likely still have to trick windows into installing there. You need to replace the defective internal hard drive and try again.

EDIT: Is said optical drive a CD drive or DVD drive?
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21 Jan 2012   #20
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
As far as I know you can't install Windows to an externally connected USB drive. Not without hacking some files and other tricks.
I agree.
I've never been able to do it.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
You need to replace the defective internal hard drive and try again.
oliverdowning should be able to run Ubuntu from an external drive (HDD or Flash) as I have done it in the past.
The fact that his machine keeps "spitting the dummy", seems to indicate something bad has happened.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
EDIT: Is said optical drive a CD drive or DVD drive?
Good point.
A CD drive won't read DVDs.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by oliverdowning View Post
Does this sound like a hardware problem? because I'm just about ready to give up on this laptop now.
Were you able to reset the BIOS?
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