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Windows 7: Booting Windows7 on FAT32

24 Feb 2010   #1

Windows7
 
 
Booting Windows7 on FAT32

First question - Is it possible at all?

Second - I am trying to achieve this. All I did was created a booted my system with 1st HDD that had Windows 7. I have additional 2 HDDs. One has stripped down version of Windows 7 created using vLite. 3rd HDD has a FAT 32 partition. I copied all the files from 2nd HDD that has stripped down version of Windows7 to 3rd HDD that has FAT32 partition. I used 'Beyond Compare' for that. Then shut down the system, removed 1st and 2nd HDD and booted the system on 3rd HDD. Of course it did not boot then I loaded my Windows 7 installation DVD and clicked on repair and braught it into command prompt. There I provided following commands:

cd X:\Windows\Boot
bootsect /nt60 C:
A message was shown, that a new bootsector for FAT32 is written.

Then I took the DVD out and tried to boot it on HDD that is FAT32 but I get the error saying No Disk Found. Dows anayone has any idea hwo to resolve this?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,
Win7Junkie

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24 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

Why FAT? No I have not tried installing Windows on FAT since 98.
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24 Feb 2010   #3

Windows7
 
 

There are few softwares in my company that run only on FAT32. We already did the same successfullly for Vista.
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24 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

What software? I am extremely curious.
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24 Feb 2010   #5

Windows7
 
 

Can we please focus on how to achieve this on Windows7. We were able to do that for Vista but facing issues with Windows7. Any help is appreciated.
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25 Feb 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

What are the issues youre encountering?

I am running Windows 7 bootable nstaller and all my tools from a flash stick formatted FAT32, but never tried installing on that format.

What was Vista performance on FAT32?
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25 Feb 2010   #7

Windows7
 
 

When I boot Windows 7 of the 3rd HDD that had copied Windows 7 files while booting I get an error saing NO DISK FOUND.
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25 Feb 2010   #8

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I will leave the finer points to the others, but to start with, does the BIOS see the FAT32 harddrive, and is it set to first boot priority?
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25 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7Junkie View Post
Can we please focus on how to achieve this on Windows7. We were able to do that for Vista but facing issues with Windows7. Any help is appreciated.
I am trying to help you with this issue. Knowing which software is extremely helpful.
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25 Feb 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Win7Junkie View Post
When I boot Windows 7 of the 3rd HDD that had copied Windows 7 files while booting I get an error saing NO DISK FOUND.
You booted Windows 7 and attempt to install to 3rd HDD formatted FAT32, it copies the files but then fails with NO DISK FOUND?
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