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Windows 7: How can i make USB HDD with multiple windows installations.

14 May 2013   #1
AndreiV

Windwos 8 32bit
 
 
How can i make USB HDD with multiple windows installations.

Hi everybody,

if the title doesn't make much sense, ill try to explain it here, and sorry if my English is bad, its not my native language.


Here is my problem, i have an 160gb USB HDD, which i intend to use to install windows at work. since we have different PC setups (i.e. old desktops, old laptops, new laptops) i have to use different versions of windows, (7, 8, XP).


On my USB HDD, i want to make 4 partitions, one for XP, one for Windows 7, one for Windows 8 and the last one for drivers and utilities. I want to do it this way cause its allot easier to carry a single drive instead of 4-5 flash drivers which can be misplaced or lost.


Thanks in advance.


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14 May 2013   #2
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

You want the installationset of winxp on 1 partition, installationset of win7 on anorher partition and so on?
Drivers can be put on seperate partition easily: Make folders name winxp, vista, and win7 and put the drivers there.
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15 May 2013   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndreiV View Post
... I have an 160gb USB HDD, which i intend to use to install windows at work. since we have different PC setups (i.e. old desktops, old laptops, new laptops) i have to use different versions of windows, (7, 8, XP).


On my USB HDD, i want to make 4 partitions, one for XP, one for Windows 7, one for Windows 8 and the last one for drivers and utilities. I want to do it this way cause its allot easier to carry a single drive instead of 4-5 flash drivers which can be misplaced or lost.


Thanks in advance.
Sounds like you want to use the USB drive as a way of INSTALLING any of four different Windows versions, right?

If that's the case, you do NOT want to install TO the USB drive; instead, you want installation media COPIED to the USB drive.
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15 May 2013   #4
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

you will need to modify the boot.ini of the partition thats active to allow the other setup entries to be selectable
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16 May 2013   #5
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

That may end up being a lot of work. As far as I know each OS uses it's own particular version of the Pre-installation Environment. Google
Also have a look here, http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
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17 May 2013   #6
AndreiV

Windwos 8 32bit
 
 

thx for the replies,

i found YUMI, and it almost works.

i can place the iso`s in a folder on the usb drive with YUMI and the instalations all start from the menu, the only problem, when installing after the 1st screen a window pops up asking for "media driver", anybody have any ideeas what those drivers are ?


http://joeyfoo.files.wordpress.com/2...rror.jpg?w=624

the screen shot says it all.


thx
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17 May 2013   #7
alphanumeric
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

It may be asking for the SATA driver? One way around it is to go into the BIOS and switch to IDE mode for the install then switch back to AHCI.
AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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17 May 2013   #8
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndreiV View Post
thx for the replies,

i found YUMI, and it almost works.

i can place the iso`s in a folder on the usb drive with YUMI and the instalations all start from the menu, the only problem, when installing after the 1st screen a window pops up asking for "media driver", anybody have any ideeas what those drivers are ?


http://joeyfoo.files.wordpress.com/2...rror.jpg?w=624

the screen shot says it all.


thx
That message can be caused by a corrupt image. Download the correct image from digital river and replace it.
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17 May 2013   #9
AndreiV

Windwos 8 32bit
 
 

they are not corrupt, i use the same images on flash drives, and work just as intended.


edit:

downloaded another iso from digitalriver ... same thing.

and also , in the bios on the laptop im am trying it on, i don't have option for ahci/sata
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17 May 2013   #10
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndreiV View Post
they are not corrupt, i use the same images on flash drives, and work just as intended.


edit:

downloaded another iso from digitalriver ... same thing.

and also , in the bios on the laptop im am trying it on, i don't have option for ahci/sata
Does ISO work when extracted to usb and boot from it? I mean you don't see the error you described?
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