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Windows 7: trying to make an external hard drive bootable

28 Nov 2011   #1
Oxydo

Windows XP 32 bit
 
 
trying to make an external hard drive bootable

Hello.

I'm trying to make an external hard drive bootable without losing any data that's already stored on it, if possible and use it to install Windows 7 on my computer, I'm currently running XP. Thanks!


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28 Nov 2011   #2
Oxydo

Windows XP 32 bit
 
 

What, no one knows how?
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28 Nov 2011   #3
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Wow you waited all of an hour in the middle of the night.

Allow me to assist you.
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28 Nov 2011   #4
Oxydo

Windows XP 32 bit
 
 

Yeah, this looks rather helpful and up to date.

Don't want to be an asshole I'm just really tired, I've been searching for a solution for hours. Tried installing Win7 from a CD but an error occured everytime. Then I find out it's most likely the DVD or the DVD Recorder. So I google some more and find out I need a way I can make an external Hard Drive bootable without losing any data on it, then copying (I suppose) the setup files from the CD and maybe, just maybe, then I'll finally install W7 on my computer. *sigh*

P.S. Love that Stephen King quote. =)
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28 Nov 2011   #5
Oxydo

Windows XP 32 bit
 
 

Will doing this make me lose data on my external drive?
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28 Nov 2011   #6
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

So you want to install win7 on your harddisk in your pc? Why don't you install from dvd?

Do you have an installation dvd or iso-file?
Installing Windows 7 From a USB Stick From Windows XP works for sure. But be sure to select the right disk when entering "select disk". And the same for "select partitļon".
You wanna keep all files already on external drive, so first shrink the partition on usb and create a new ntfs partition in the free space. But you can't shrink a partition with standaard winxp. So install free Best Free Partition Manager Freeware for Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
It can shrink the partition (called resize partition) and create a ntfs partition. You can also make it active.

So if you use this tool ... diskpart isn't needed!
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28 Nov 2011   #7
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Oxydo View Post
Yeah, this looks rather helpful and up to date.

Don't want to be an asshole I'm just really tired, I've been searching for a solution for hours. Tried installing Win7 from a CD but an error occured everytime. Then I find out it's most likely the DVD or the DVD Recorder. So I google some more and find out I need a way I can make an external Hard Drive bootable without losing any data on it, then copying (I suppose) the setup files from the CD and maybe, just maybe, then I'll finally install W7 on my computer. *sigh*

P.S. Love that Stephen King quote. =)
If the DVD is unreadable or has errors ... making a copy give you read errors as well. Same goes for a not working dvd drive.

Did you make the dvd from an iso? If so is that still on pc? If so simply use the iso instead of dvd
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28 Nov 2011   #8
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Btw do you want winxp and win7 to dual boot?
Or you want win7 to replace winxp?
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28 Nov 2011   #9
Oxydo

Windows XP 32 bit
 
 

First of all, thank you! Finally somebody willing to help unlike Magus up there.

I couldn't install from the dvd because I kept getting Error code: 0x80070017. I have another question now that I tried the diskpart solution. I couldn't copy a certain file named install.wim (it said something about cyclic redundancy check). Do you know why is that?

Edit: I want Win7 to replace XP. I haven't got the iso, just the cd.
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28 Nov 2011   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Which version of Windows 7 is the DVD? If the DVD is damaged, which it sounds as if it is, then you can legitimately download a legitimate version of the same Windows 7 ISO - hint : do a search in Google using the terms "Digital River".

Once you have that, use this tool to burn the ISO to a bootable USB drive to use to install Windows to your PC:

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

NOTE : the USB drive will be formatted - there is no other way around this. The USB drive needs to be a minimum of 4GB in size.

Regards,
Golden
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