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Windows 7: DVD died. How do I reinstall OS with external USB DVD drive

06 Feb 2012   #1
billberry12

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
DVD died. How do I reinstall OS with external USB DVD drive

I wiped my hard drive clean with a Wipedrive CD, then went to reinstall my W7 OS and the DVD drive is dead. NO DVD will open. I have an external USB DVD drive, but can't get it to boot. Any ideas on how I can reinstall W7 in this laptop without having to get the built in DVD drive repaired?


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06 Feb 2012   #2
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Start by checking the BIOS settings - set the boot devices and order then let us know what happens.

Regards,
GEWB
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06 Feb 2012   #3
billberry12

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I tried that. It doesn't do anything.
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06 Feb 2012   #4
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I don't know how to make a bootable external HD.

However, using an external flash drive works well. Here's one way to prepare it:

Installing Win7 using a USB Stick | TechNet Edge

(If you scroll down to the bottom, there's a brief description of the technique. It's too bad that the author replaced the original text article with a 7 minute video.)
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06 Feb 2012   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Can you get into the boot-menu? What are the boot devices listed there?

You may create an install pendrive with Universal USB installer. Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux . Select Windows 7 Installer in the drop-down menu, show it the location of the Windows 7 ISO, select your pendrive, tick format and then Create.

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07 Feb 2012   #6
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Can you get into the boot-menu? What are the boot devices listed there?

You may create an install pendrive with Universal USB installer. Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux . Select Windows 7 Installer in the drop-down menu, show it the location of the Windows 7 ISO, select your pendrive, tick format and then Create.

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07 Feb 2012   #7
R4dul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

you can simply select it in the boot menu. You don't even need to set it in the BIOS as boot device, just make sure there is an option such as "USB legacy detect" or "USB for DOS" enabled in that BIOS. To get into your boot menu, when post screen appears press the needed key like crazy until there's the boot menu. Key is F11 for AsRock motherboard, F8 for Asus and Packard Bell, F12 for Gigabyte, etc
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07 Feb 2012   #8
GeneralEclectic

W7 Pro, W7 Ult, W7 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
I don't know how to make a bootable external HD.
At the risk of a brief hijack of this thread, I wanted to comment on this. It *is* possible to install from a bootable HD, but it's a pretty bad idea because you will have major startup issues (due to the installed boot configuration being spread between the source and target disks) with the resulting setup. It also creates a single Windows partition (omitting the hidden 100MB partition) on the target disk that looks more like a Vista installation. OTOH, it's REALLY FAST to setup from a HDD, and even faster from a SSD. Yeah, setting up from a SSD to a SSD takes about 4-5 minutes. It takes less time to perform the installation than it does to fix the resulting Boot problem.
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