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Windows 7: Bios wont recognise my partitioned drive with the windows set up on it

21 Aug 2012   #11
gregrocker

 

You need a bootable installer for both installation and repairs. It is not correct to run the installer from an OS, as it won't even put WIN7 on C as it does when booting an installer.

You should also have all of your files backed up at all times, to external, DVD, another HD or the cloud - you get 7gb of free storage on Skydrive with each Windows Live ID.


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21 Aug 2012   #12
DavidE

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Hi Greg, how are you?

I think there is still some confusion.
I don't think pedroc1999 is trying to install Win 7 while running Win 7.

I think pedroc1999 wants to use an external USB HD as the bootable media to install Win 7.

There is no DVD drive available, so that is not an installation option.

Can someone use an external USB HD as the bootable media to install Windows 7?
If so, can the external USB HD be "configured" as a bootable device without any loss of current data on the HD?

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21 Aug 2012   #13
gregrocker

 

Hi David. I wasn't sure but figured he'd say straight out he wanted to install from External if that was the case.

There are plenty of resources online when you google "Install Windows 7 from External HD" however I cannot vouch for any of them.

The problem is that the entire external HD needs to be formatted and made bootable for this purpose unless you use a boot manager to make only one partition of the drive bootable which is way more trouble than it's worth.

If I had an empty external HD and no other choice I'd probably try UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB since it is the one method that never fails with a flash stick.

Otherwise there's the manual method: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create - Windows 7 Forums
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21 Aug 2012   #14
DavidE

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
There are plenty of resources online when you google "Install Windows 7 from External HD" however I cannot vouch for any of them.

The problem is that the entire external HD needs to be formatted and made bootable for this purpose unless you use a boot manager to make only one partition of the drive bootable which is way more trouble than it's worth.

If I had an empty external HD and no other choice I'd probably try UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB since it is the one method that never fails with a flash stick.

Otherwise there's the manual method: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create - Windows 7 Forums
I never tried this approach (Ext USD HD) and you can't vouch for it, so... maybe someday i might try it but with the understanding of what you said...i trust your experience more than mine.

Sounds like you are saying the ext HD or partition will be formatted possibly losing important data if the OP wants to use it as the install media.
Hopefully the OP understands this risk.

i would get a USB flash drive to avoid the risks
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21 Aug 2012   #15
gregrocker

 

Yes, formatting removes all data so it should be backed up first.

4gb flash sticks are $5 with free shipping on buy.com.
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