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Windows 7: Install Windows 7 TO external drive?


03 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 
Install Windows 7 TO external drive?

I have a 20GB laptop HDD in an enclosure at the moment. I want to copy the Windows 7 setup files from the extracted ISO to that drive for installation. I did this with XP by using the following:

Code:
C:\xp3\I386\winnt32.exe /syspart:E: /tempdrive:E: /makelocalsource /noreboot
For the XP install I hooked up the drive via a usb-to-ide interface to another laptop and then ran that line from a command prompt and stepped through copying the needed setup files to the drive. From there I placed the HDD into the desired laptop (no working cd/dvd rom) and booted up into Windows setup. I do not believe this will work for 7 as there seems to be a directory structure difference to say the least. I wonder if that would still work had I the correct syntax though...

Is it possible to do this with Windows 7?
*The laptop is a DELL Inspiron 1100. The BIOS does not support booting from a USB device.


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03 Nov 2009   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

You cannot install Windows 7 to an external USB drive. Only if it has the IDE or SATA connectors will it work.

Since most external drives are laptop HDD's it is not that hard to connect to IDE or SATA.
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03 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

it's an internal hdd connected to the desktop via an ide to usb interface...

the line in my original post placed the setup files on the drive so that when i placed it into the laptop and booted the laptop up it went straight into setup.

im not talking about installing the OS to the drive so i can just move it around. i don't have a working cd/dvd rom for this laptop...
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03 Nov 2009   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You want to put setup files on that drive and use it to install FROM instead of of using a dvd drive?

I don't believe you will be able install onto it via usb - or boot it that way.

If you just want to get it set up - so installation will proceed when you put it back in the lappy and attach as internal drive - you need to have Vista or 7 installed on a pc you can access to do it this way:

Install Windows 7 FAST without a DVD or USB device
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04 Nov 2009   #5

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by atomsk View Post
wooooooooooooooooooooooooot
LOL. I assume that means you got it working?
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04 Nov 2009   #6

7600.20510 x86
 
 

That's usually a favorable response as noted. lol
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05 Nov 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by atomsk View Post
wooooooooooooooooooooooooot
LOL. I assume that means you got it working?
Meh. :\ T'was a bump of hope. I would have posted the solution! I'm almost certain the line is the same I would just need to know the path and file to execute with the switches.

While we're at it, in 7 clearing IE's history no longer clears Windows Explorer's history. How does one go about clearing that?

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You know... I wonder if I just disabled my SATA drive and set the boot order of my desktop to CD-ROM, USB. If I had the 7 disc in the drive would setup see the HDD hooked up to the IDE/USB interface?

BAH! If I did the install that way then the OS would recognize my desktop's hardware and probably give me crap in the laptop. But what if the install were interrupted after the files were copied over... HMMMM
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05 Nov 2009   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Are you not able to do it as per the tutorial link I posted ?

You could use PLOP - should be able to boot from usb with that.

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html#features
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05 Nov 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Are you not able to do it as per the tutorial link I posted ?

You could use PLOP - should be able to boot from usb with that.

PLoP - Bootmanager - Free Boot Manager, builtin usb driver, native usb, boot different operating systems, cdrom, usb, freeware, option rom bios

PLOP...PlOP is all over the place. It is everywhere except what to do to get it to allow a pc to boot from USB. If there were step-by-step instructions that'd be great but I cannot seem to find anything like that on the site.
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05 Nov 2009   #10

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Install it as described. Select PLOP from the Windows boot menu. Plop Boot manager appears - select the option to boot from whatever device you want there - from memory, usb is the bottom one on PLOP screen.
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