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Windows 7: Making a portable Win7 usb

21 May 2016   #1
tsundere

win 7 32bit
 
 
Making a portable Win7 usb

Hello all ,




I have some simple questions to which i cannot find answers anywhere else.

My goal is to install any version of windows 7 'on' a usb drive or external hdd (not 'from' but 'on').
From what I understand win7 x64 ultimate w/ SP1 seems to be the safest way since it has more drivers. Please let me know if I'm wrong. My motherboard(x64) seems to be uefi-based with legacy-boot support available, but SATA/AHCI options are unavailable in the BIOS menu. The internal hdd is eMMc.

I am following this tutorial:How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash/Hard Drive [Easy Way]

How exactly should I format/partion/scheme the external hdd?

Some tutorials say that system and boot partitions can be on the same partition with both being NTFS (4028kb cluster?). But this link says otherwise: http://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/faq/en_US/How-to-use-WinToUSB-ISO-To-USB.html
GPT or MBR? VHD or Legacy?

Any suggestions for which tool I should use for partitioning?

Thankyou


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21 May 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I usually just use option 2 here and call it a day
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

I usually just use MBR seeing I would only really need 3 max partitions and I'm wouldn't ever install windows on a disk that was over 500gb's

I also never install with a efi or ntfs 100mb... system reserved partition either.
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21 May 2016   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Mike, he doesn`t want to create an installer, he wants to install Windows 7 on the usb stick.
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21 May 2016   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you create small system partition FAT32 and main windows partition NTFS, should be fine.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tsundere View Post
Hello all ,




I have some simple questions to which i cannot find answers anywhere else.

My goal is to install any version of windows 7 'on' a usb drive or external hdd (not 'from' but 'on').
From what I understand win7 x64 ultimate w/ SP1 seems to be the safest way since it has more drivers. Please let me know if I'm wrong. My motherboard(x64) seems to be uefi-based with legacy-boot support available, but SATA/AHCI options are unavailable in the BIOS menu. The internal hdd is eMMc.

I am following this tutorial:How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive

How exactly should I format/partion/scheme the external hdd?

Some tutorials say that system and boot partitions can be on the same partition with both being NTFS (4028kb cluster?). But this link says otherwise: http://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/faq/en_US/How-to-use-WinToUSB-ISO-To-USB.html
GPT or MBR? VHD or Legacy?

Any suggestions for which tool I should use for partitioning?

Thankyou
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 May 2016   #5
tsundere

win 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
If you create small system partition FAT32 and main windows partition NTFS, should be fine.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tsundere View Post
Hello all ,




I have some simple questions to which i cannot find answers anywhere else.

My goal is to install any version of windows 7 'on' a usb drive or external hdd (not 'from' but 'on').
From what I understand win7 x64 ultimate w/ SP1 seems to be the safest way since it has more drivers. Please let me know if I'm wrong. My motherboard(x64) seems to be uefi-based with legacy-boot support available, but SATA/AHCI options are unavailable in the BIOS menu. The internal hdd is eMMc.

I am following this tutorial:How To Install Windows 7 On USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive

How exactly should I format/partion/scheme the external hdd?

Some tutorials say that system and boot partitions can be on the same partition with both being NTFS (4028kb cluster?). But this link says otherwise: http://www.easyuefi.com/wintousb/faq/en_US/How-to-use-WinToUSB-ISO-To-USB.html
GPT or MBR? VHD or Legacy?

Any suggestions for which tool I should use for partitioning?

Thankyou
I am a bit newb to this, would you care to tell me exactly how to do that?
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22 May 2016   #6
tsundere

win 7 32bit
 
 

Sorry my tutorial link in the OP was wrong. I have updated it with the correct one. Essentially I'm trying to use a program called wintousb
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22 May 2016   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No idea if wintousb does partitioning.

If you are using usb, windows might only recognise 1 partition. So you can use Bootice to do it.

Bootice.zip


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22 May 2016   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The problem you`re going to have is, every machine you try to run that usb stick on is going to be different, trying to install drivers and what not. I just don`t see the point, when you could just run a version of Linux.

What`s your purpose for doing this ???
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22 May 2016   #9
tsundere

win 7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
The problem you`re going to have is, every machine you try to run that usb stick on is going to be different, trying to install drivers and what not. I just don`t see the point, when you could just run a version of Linux.

What`s your purpose for doing this ???
Yea, I plan to marry the usb and laptop together. I just want to use Windows 7 on this laptop really badly. It didn't want to install on the internal emmc hdd, so now I'm trying this.
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