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Windows 7: Can you install Windows 7 to a SD card?

07 Sep 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Ubuntu 10.04
 
 
Can you install Windows 7 to a SD card?

I have looked around the net a bit to see if this was possible, and I have received mixed feelings after my findings.

I recently purchased a new Toshiba Satellite that came with Windows Vista, and a free upgrade to Windows 7 on release.

I am wondering if I am able to put a 32GB SDHC card into the read slot and have it be considered my main hard drive that Windows is on, and use the internal drive (which I swapped out for a Scorpio Black) as storage.

Why, or why not?

Thanks guys.

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07 Sep 2009   #2

 

No. Because the flash card is addressed via USB.

But, you can try. There might be a vhd trick.

Search the forum. PM ChuckR. You're welcome, Chuck.

How to install Windows 7 on a portable hard drive

Win7 installed to SDHC how?
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07 Sep 2009   #3

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Through usb it won't, through pcmcia maybe.

Better question, what's the point?

It will be terribly slow, because flash doesn't take simultaneous read/writes very well.
And SD has limited write cycles, so it will get bad quite soon, with all the reading writing being done by the OS.
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07 Sep 2009   #4

 

Alas, you address the flaw. Even when successfully executed in a prior OS, the performance was substantially sub-standard.

Christopher - the speed limit is the USB, not the flash memory.
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07 Sep 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Ubuntu 10.04
 
 

That makes sense.

My inquiry was more so for the future. Meaning the launch of SDXC ... having a 128GB SD card run as my OS based HD would be nice, and the transfer rates are supposedly going to be over 100mps. Seems promising, hence my questions.
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07 Sep 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit / Ubuntu 10.04
 
 

Just a side note as well ... but this would not be a USB drive, it would be the card inserted into the onboard card reader.
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07 Sep 2009   #7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
Just a side note as well ... but this would not be a USB drive, it would be the card inserted into the onboard card reader.
Which is on the universal serial bus.
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07 Sep 2009   #8

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
No. Because the flash card is addressed via USB.

But, you can try. There might be a vhd trick.

Search the forum. PM ChuckR. You're welcome, Chuck.

How to install Windows 7 on a portable hard drive

Win7 installed to SDHC how?
The Windows 7 to SD answer is: NO (not yet, anyways)...

Thanks, Antman.
That was a quick plus one to the count....
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07 Sep 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
That makes sense.

My inquiry was more so for the future. Meaning the launch of SDXC ... having a 128GB SD card run as my OS based HD would be nice, and the transfer rates are supposedly going to be over 100mps. Seems promising, hence my questions.
The one thing you could try to see 7 on a memory card would be the same program used to see 7 as well as a few Linux go on a usb flash drive. A flash drive would actually be the preferred for this however. Portable VirtualBox 64bit

Portable VirtualBox


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07 Sep 2009   #10

XP_Pro, W7_7201, W7RC.vhd, SciLinux5.3, Fedora12, Fedora9_2x, OpenSolaris_09-06
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
That makes sense.

My inquiry was more so for the future. Meaning the launch of SDXC ... having a 128GB SD card run as my OS based HD would be nice, and the transfer rates are supposedly going to be over 100mps. Seems promising, hence my questions.
For the "Here and Now", you might want to play with this:

Win7 installed to SDHC how?

(I personally haven't tried it.)

The 'future' might be USB-3, requiring different drivers, and Windows 9...

In which case, with Windows 7 you'd be playing with a 'dead horse', so to speak...
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Better question, what's the point?
"Because it's there..."
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