I see all kinds of websites that tell you how to install Windows 7 from a USB stick, or how to make an install DVD with the latest security updates slipstreamed in. But it seems to me that what would REALLY make installing faster is to install from a second hard drive, instead of a DVD or USB stick.
I've tried looking for instructions on how to set up a hard drive so that I can install Windows FROM it, rather than TO it, but I haven't been able to find anything useful. It seem like it should be easy --- hard drives are bootable (duh), and I have a bunch of old drives that are too small to be useful now -- 40 GB or so, while my main drive is now 2TB. But a 40GB drive would easily hold the Windows install files and any extra utilities I might need, and it would be a lot faster than a DVD or USB stick.
I tried just copying my install DVD to an empty drive and booting from it, but as I expected, it didn't work. I would bet that all I need is a 4K bootstrapping program of some kind, but danged if I know where to find it.
Can anyone tell me how to do it, or direct me to a website that tells how? Thanks for any help.