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Windows 7: Converting dvd installation to external hdd USB

25 Apr 2011   #1
lasha

Windows 7 64 bit professional
 
 
Converting dvd installation to external hdd USB

Hello guys, I have a dvd of genuine windows 64 bit professional and the problem is that instead of a cd/dvd drive I have an ultrabay hard drive which I want windows 7 to be on.

So the whole process would be getting all files from DVD, and "burning" them to external hard drive so I would be able to install win7 on my 500gb hard drive.

Thank you and greatly appreciated in advance, I could not find a solution online for this scenario.


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25 Apr 2011   #2
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

What about cloning the internal drive to the Ultrabay drive? Then use F12 to select which one to boot from?
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26 Apr 2011   #3
lasha

Windows 7 64 bit professional
 
 

Sounds fine with me but how do I do that ? sounds complicated :\
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26 Apr 2011   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

How about using another computer with a DVD drive to make a 4gb USB flash drive installer ?

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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26 Apr 2011   #5
lasha

Windows 7 64 bit professional
 
 

that works, I will try that for sure
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26 Apr 2011   #6
Ztruker

Windows 8 Core X64
 
 

The question is, will the Win 7 installer see and allow the Ultrabay hard drive as an install target or will it consider it an external drive and not install there.
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26 Apr 2011   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I think he wants to install from the external ( instead of using dvd )
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27 Apr 2011   #8
lasha

Windows 7 64 bit professional
 
 

Hmm I am pretty sure it will be recognized as internal rather than external drive so I hope it works. So far win7 usb creator gives an error, giving a second try with imgBurn iso creator
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27 Apr 2011   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

That's how I do it and I think it's the easiest and fastest way :
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
Step 1. Format the USB Flash Disk


Run CMD (elevated) and type:
diskpart
list disk (*now find your USB disk number, you'll find it by its size)
select disk 1 (*if your USB is disk 1)
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1 (*this is 1, no matter what number is your USB disk)
active
format fs=fat32 (or ntfs, works with both)
assign
exit
Note: Don't type the things in parentheses above!!
Step 2. Copy Windows 7 or Vista's DVD content to the Flash Disk



Still on CMD, assuming your dvd is drive d: and your usb is drive e:
xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\
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