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Windows 7: Install Win 7 on USB drive

22 May 2009   #1
huffman

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Install Win 7 on USB drive

I have seen questions about installing from a USB reader.

What I would like to do is install Win 7 on a USB HDD. I have seen nothing on this that was helpful.

I have a basic case and 2gb of memory, usb reader and 600gb. It sees the usb HDD and Win7 boots from the usb reader. It looks good until it gets ready to install then I get this statement "Windows 7 can not be installed on this drive".

I then click on more info and get "Windows 7 can not be installed on drive 2. Then gives several possible causes."

None of the causes are valid.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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23 May 2009   #2
bhuulo

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huffman View Post
I have seen questions about installing from a USB reader.

What I would like to do is install Win 7 on a USB HDD. I have seen nothing on this that was helpful.

I have a basic case and 2gb of memory, usb reader and 600gb. It sees the usb HDD and Win7 boots from the usb reader. It looks good until it gets ready to install then I get this statement "Windows 7 can not be installed on this drive".

I then click on more info and get "Windows 7 can not be installed on drive 2. Then gives several possible causes."

None of the causes are valid.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
What r the causes given and What I know is u cannot install an OS on external Drive...
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23 May 2009   #3
slithernet

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Retail RTM, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

I usually plug the hard drive in my PC, load windows, then throw it in an usb hard drive enclosure.
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23 May 2009   #4
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

This should help you.
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23 May 2009   #5
bhuulo

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Captain Zero View Post
This should help you.
He wants to install it on USB HDD not From USB HDD
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23 May 2009   #6
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bhuulo View Post
What r the causes given and What I know is u cannot install an OS on external Drive...

Hi there

Where on Earth did you get that piece of info from.
If you can BOOT a device you can install Windows on it.

An easy way to do this is to create a Windows Image on any old disk and then re-image it on your Bootable USB drive and then mess around with the bootloader.

For examples look and see how people make Bartpe and Vistape Windows bootable disks (on USB sticks etc). Just google Bartpe.

Cheers
jimbo
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23 May 2009   #7
Captain Zero

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

My bad, I read the OP right (I knew what he was asking) but I read that tutorial wrong. You can do this the same way as any other drive.
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23 May 2009   #8
bhuulo

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there

Where on Earth did you get that piece of info from.

For examples look and see how people make Bartpe and Vistape Windows bootable disks (on USB sticks etc). Just google Bartpe.

Cheers
jimbo
I got this information from Himalayas
yes I know well about BartPe and all other alternative methods but they r not for regular working???
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23 May 2009   #9
huffman

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

It seems to me everyone reading the question wrong:

Have regular install disk reading from an external dvd reader. I have brand new external usb drive.

I want to install on the usb drive.

Thanks
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24 May 2009   #10
bhuulo

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by huffman View Post
It seems to me everyone reading the question wrong:

Have regular install disk reading from an external dvd reader. I have brand new external usb drive.

I want to install on the usb drive.

Thanks
u r not clear, what I understand is u have External DVD Reader and a External HDD and u wann to install ur OS on external HDD through Eternal DVD reader, is it?
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