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Windows 7: Does installing Windows from usb pen drive damage the drive?

26 Jul 2012   #11
mangoh

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rraod View Post
+1 Greg for the UltraISO tip. I didn't know that before.

Tried to rep Greg, but failed. Some message about spreading reps. Didn't understand.

Anyway kudos to Greg.

I followed the link you are referring to, am I missing something special?

It's just a bootable USB with windows 7 on?

confused


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26 Jul 2012   #12
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
For 8 years I've been using the same 16gb Kingston Data Traveler to install all versions Win7 in both 32- and 64-bit, alongside my tools and apps also used for install. It is no slower than it was to begin with and has lost no available disk space when I occasionally reformat using UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive.
How did you get Windows 7 so early? And a 16GB flash drive was a few hundred bucks 8 years ago.
8 years ago? That'd be XP. (Vista went GA in January of 2007, if memory serves.)

I don't recall the price of a 16GB key drive in 2004. (I dimly recall admiring a 128 GB drive in Fry's, roughly at that time. Physically too big to comfortably carry in your pocket.)

And it's spelled Zephyr, isn't it?

(Damn, but smilies are stupid.)
I knew what he meant.
It's spelled Zephyr, but a long time ago when I first signed up for dial up Internet (1994), Zephyr was already used so I chose Zepher and have used it that way since.
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26 Jul 2012   #13
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

The value of Ultra ISO is that it always works in my experience. MS Download tool can be fussy about the ISO source, or just not work. Universal USB Installer uses Linux so it scares some users. Ultra must be installed and used as Trial version but it always, always works.
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26 Jul 2012   #14
mangoh

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The value of Ultra ISO is that it always works in my experience. MS Download tool can be fussy about the ISO source, or just not work. Universal USB Installer uses Linux so it scares some users. Ultra must be installed and used as Trial version but it always, always works.
+rep

thanks for explanation

edit: PRSOM
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26 Jul 2012   #15
RhapsodyOfFire

32 bit Windows 7
 
 

Thanks to all the answers. I will start installing from USB flash drive when I can . CD/DVD indeed needs a lot of time sometimes to locate a given file.
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