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Windows 7: 7 to usb or partition through gparted/GRUB

01 Feb 2009   #1
tigertim71

 
 
7 to usb or partition through gparted/GRUB

Hi - hope you're all enjoying 7.

I'm currently downloading it & spent the weekend creating a dual boot XP/Ubuntu. I don't want to mess up my system, so can I install 7 into a flash drive (usb)?

Other than that, if I created a new partition through gparted and booted from the 7 iso disk, would my GRUB notice this & respond?


Thanks.


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02 Feb 2009   #2
pooch

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tigertim71 View Post
Hi - hope you're all enjoying 7.

I'm currently downloading it & spent the weekend creating a dual boot XP/Ubuntu. I don't want to mess up my system, so can I install 7 into a flash drive (usb)?

Other than that, if I created a new partition through gparted and booted from the 7 iso disk, would my GRUB notice this & respond?


Thanks.
Hi Tigertim,

Welcome to the forum

Have a look here this should answer your question;
“How to” Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 (Ubuntu installed first) - Ubuntu Forums

I hope this helps

Pooch
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02 Feb 2009   #3
tigertim71

 
 
7 to usb partition through gparted/GRUB

Thanks - judging from the responses this isn't such a simple process. I'll look into the boot manager issue.

Perhaps it's easier just to experiment with an external hard drive, booted from my laptop, or a live usb (does that mean that the whole operating system works from this and avoids my HDD altogether?).
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03 Feb 2009   #4
pooch

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi, sorry that it has taken me so long to get back to you

I have never installed to a USB drive so I can only say 'Try it'

I think that 7 will probably still overwrite grub though. The best answer is to follow the guide.

The only other option I have would be to remove your normal HDD for the install, but this may make you problems everytime you want to boot when it comes to selecting the OS.

Or as an after thought install windows7 to boot with XP and then reinstall Linux.
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03 Feb 2009   #5
tigertim71

 
 
7 to usb partition through gparted/GRUB

Thanks for the response.

I'm going to think very carefully about this. After weeks of getting my system working well with XP & Ubuntu, I'm not going to take any risks...
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04 Feb 2009   #6
pooch

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes I think this is a good decision
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04 Feb 2009   #7
razy60

windows 7 64 bit and dual boot Pinguyos
 
 

if you are going to try and use a usb to run 7 then this may help i know its mainly used for linux but i can be used for other OS's.

UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads
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UNetbootin: Create a dual boot Windows/Linux PC without a CD - Download Squad

Hope it helps

Raz
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04 Feb 2009   #8
tigertim71

 
 
7 to usb partition through gparted/GRUB

Thanks - I will look into this and decide what to do next...
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