Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Trouble formatting a USB as a boot device. (Many many errors)

04 Apr 2012   #1
Raindeux

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Trouble formatting a USB as a boot device. (Many many errors)

My laptop is a Dell Inspiron N5010. I have a copy of a Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ISO file on my desktop. Not just the ISO file. It, supposedly, has everything needed to burn Windows 7 Ultimate x64 on a DVD. Unfortunately, I have no blank DVD's and no money to buy some. I do have a 32 gig flash drive however. So I did some research to see how I can change it to become a bootable device. Hmm where to begin... It didn't work at first, so after a lot of googling I ended up reformatting the USB to NTFS. Then copying the Windows files on the drive. In my laptop's BIOS I changed USB to primary boot device. Plugged it in and, didn't work. I changed my SATA Mode to ATA instead of AHCI, which someone said would fix it. It didn't. Just for an fyi, when I plug in the USB, and just let it load, it says "BOOTMGR is missing". Someone said I didn't format the USB right and gave me a website on how to walk through it. At some point I was in the command prompt, and after selecting the disk my USB is labeled as, and cleaning it out, I tried to make a partition, or something like that, but it said I had insufficient space. Even though I JUST emptied the entire thing. Another person offered a windows-to-USB program that would walk me through the whole process. But when I selected the ISO file from my desktop I got an error message saying "Invalid ISO file, please select a valid ISO file and try again." A computer tech guy said that on my laptop I could pres F11 and it would bring up a system restore menu and it would act like a recovery disk. Nothing pops up. I'm very frustrated at this point, I've wasted a good 12+ hours on this thing, and I've got nothing to show for it. If there's something I'm leaving out, or a question you want to ask for more info feel free to ask. Any help is welcome. :\

Edit: To be clear, my laptop is out of commission, I'm researching and typing this from a desktop. I have the files on this desktop.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

04 Apr 2012   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

You can`t just copy the files, you have to burn them to it. I use PowerISO. There is a tutorial on here on how to do it. I would download the iso from here and use it.

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2012   #3
Raindeux

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have to buy PowerISO in order to burn the files to my USB? Are there any free programs I could use to do that?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


04 Apr 2012   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

You don't need to pay anything - use this, its free:

Microsoft Store Online

Regards,
Golden
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2012   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2012   #6
joodoo

Windows 7 Pro x86; Pro x64; Home Prem x64; and others....
 
 

Is the partition marked "Active"?
Open a command prompt as administrator >
Type:
diskpart > enter
list disk > enter
select disk * > enter (*= USB drive}
clean > enter
create partition primary > enter
select partition 1 > enter
active > enter
format > enter
assign > enter
exit > enter
Extract the files from the .ISO to the USB device.
Should be bootable (works for me).

Breezy
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2012   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Everything you need is here: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2012   #8
Raindeux

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Hi,

You don't need to pay anything - use this, its free:

Microsoft Store Online

Regards,
Golden
Thank you. I'll use that!
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joodoo View Post
Is the partition marked "Active"?
Open a command prompt as administrator >
Type:
diskpart > enter
list disk > enter
select disk * > enter (*= USB drive}
clean > enter
format > enter
create partition primary > enter
select partition 1 > enter
active > enter
assign > enter
exit > enter
Extract the files from the .ISO to the USB device.
Should be bootable (works for me).

Breezy
Everything there worked except the format stage, which is odd. First time I tried it I got an error on the create partition primary step, now it does that after it fails to format... When I entered format I got a message saying "There is no volume selected. Please select a volume and try again." Then after that I went ahead and entered create partition primary anyways, and it said "Diskpart succeeded in created the specified partition. And do I extract the files from the file location to the USB, or do I burn them? Im confused on that part.
Yes, that 2nd link is what someone recommended to me, and on step one it said invalid ISO file, please select a valid ISO file. :\
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Everything you need is here: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Wait that wont swipe THIS machine will it? It just downloads the files or what?


Edit: Now I've got a new problem. After trying this, My USB isn't formatted. And when I right clikc the USb drive in Computer and select format, I select NTFS, and after 20 minutes it says its unable to complete the formatting....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2012   #9
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

What do you mean by
Quote:
Wait that wont swipe THIS machine will it?
You use the steps given to do a booted Clean Reinstall on the machine you want.

The tutorial shows you how to reinstall Win7 perfectly on factory preinstalled OEM - but the steps can be used for retail as well.

If the Win7 download tool doesn't format the stick correctly, then use Universal USB Installer with Win7 in dropdown menu - it never fails.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Apr 2012   #10
Raindeux

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
What do you mean by
Quote:
Wait that wont swipe THIS machine will it?
You use the steps given to do a booted Clean Reinstall on the machine you want.

The tutorial shows you how to reinstall Win7 perfectly on factory preinstalled OEM - but the steps can be used for retail as well.

If the Win7 download tool doesn't format the stick correctly, then use Universal USB Installer with Win7 in dropdown menu - it never fails.
But now my USB isn't even formatted, and it fails to format every time I try :\

Doing that command prompt screwed something up.

And I mean Im typing this from my desktop, with the ISO files on it. I want to put it on a USB so I can use it on my Laptop which is broken. Downloading those files isnt gooing to mess with my desktop will it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Trouble formatting a USB as a boot device. (Many many errors)




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Having trouble formatting harddrive and reinstalling windows 7
i'm going to keep this as simple as possible -bought ssd (crucial mx100 256gb) -put ssd into my computer -made bootable win7 usb and plugged it in -everything is going smooth and ok -after install of wins 7 everything is fine, i decided to re-install a program i was using before -i...
Backup and Restore
Multiple errors when formatting, partitioning, installing Windows
NEED HELP!!! I have a Dell Inspiron that came with Vista. I somehow managed to get it to boot up, even connect to my network, but it was so stinkin slow that it wouldn't even completely load Control Panel so I could start uninstalling programs. I tried to boot in safe mode, but then got the...
Installation & Setup
Permission errors on D: - Will formatting C: solve it?
Hi, I have a 500 GB HDD that is partitioned as C: (main System Volume as it has Windows 7 x64 on it) and D: (storage area for software and personal files). My main problem is sometimes, when I wanna delete a folder on the D: partition, it annoys me with a "folder access denied" message saying that...
General Discussion
Trouble formatting
I recently got given a hdd by a friend. It has xp on it. I run w7 ultimate. So I figured I'd format the newly acquired hdd and keep it for some extra storage space. Only problem is I get an error saying "windows can not complete the format". Any ideas on how I can fix this and format the drive?
Installation & Setup
Trouble formatting hd, system partition
I've got three HD's: c: is windows, g: is a storage drive, and e: is an external storage drive. In the last month or so at startup, windows has tried to run a checkdisk on G: but it fails every time. I'm trying to figure out how to format G: because its giving me endless trouble. I backed it...
Hardware & Devices
Trouble formatting secondary drive.
I just placed an old hard drive into my computer to use as a slave. After I booted up on my current hard drive I went into disk manager and tried to format all the partitions. I formated one easily but the other won't seem to format. The option to format or delete volume are both greyed out. I...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 22:06.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App