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Windows 7: USB hard drive a bootable Windows 7 install disk

13 Nov 2008   #1
NormCameron

Vista X32. Windows 7 32bit
 
 
USB hard drive a bootable Windows 7 install disk

This article refers to the Hard Drives issued at PDC, but it also applies to using ANY USB hard drive as a bootable disk.


Tip: make your PDC 2008 USB hard drive a bootable Windows 7 install disk

If you’re one of eight thousand people lucky enough to attend PDC 2008 last week and receive the ultra-cool 160GB portable hard drive with “the goods” then I have some extra good news for you, your hard drive can also become a bootable Windows 7 install disk. The best part is that you don’t even have to delete any of the existing files on the drive since there’s about 90GB free of the 160GB drive.

This is especially handy if you’re trying to install Windows 7 on a device without a DVD drive or if you don’t have any blank DVDs to burn the ISO on.

Of course this guide also works if you have an existing portable USB hard drive that has enough free space to partition and a copy of a Windows 7 ISO, which I’m sure you can get *wink*.
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Step 1: Click open the Start Menu, right click on “Computer”, “Manage”. Open the “Disk Management” tool.
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Step 2: Find the USB hard drive, should be 149.05GB. Right click on the volume and click “Shrink volume”. Shrink the volume by 10000MB.
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Step 3: Right click on the new unallocated volume, “New Simple Volume”, format as “FAT32″. Check “Perform quick format” unless you have time to waste.
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Step 4: Right click on the new volume, “Mark Partition as Active”.
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Step 5: Mount the Windows 7 ISO from the USB (\Windows7\ISO\6801.0.080913-2030_Client_en-us_ULTIMATE-ULTIMATE_GB1CFRE_EN_DVD.iso) using your favorite ISO tool (I use Daemon Tools Lite).
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Step 6: Copy the entire DVD directory into your newly created volume.
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Step 7: Now take your USB drive and tell the PC to boot from USB. The Windows 7 setup should appear.

To restore your USB drive to the previous state and reclaim the 10GB of space, simply delete the new volume created and extend the original volume to consume the entire 10000MB now unallocated."

Tip: make your PDC 2008 USB hard drive a bootable Windows 7 install disk - istartedsomething




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22 Sep 2009   #2
Naglefar

Windows 7
 
 

hi, I tried to follow this guide and I stumbled onto a problem, it says "Ntdlr missing" when I try to boot from the external HD
I am using Vista with an HP Setup and want to install Windows 7 on this machine here
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22 Sep 2009   #3
ravichauhan002

windows 7
 
 

If you’re one of eight thousand people lucky enough to attend PDC 2008 last week and receive the ultra-cool 160GB portable hard drive with “the goods” then I have some extra good news for you, your hard drive can also become a bootable Windows 7 install disk. The best part is that you don’t even have to delete any of the existing files on the drive since there’s about 90GB free of the 160GB drive
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23 Sep 2009   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That error is due to the fact the guide above skipped an important step. The USB drive was never made to be bootable. There are many guides online, and I've seen a few linked here as well, that show you how to get the USB drive bootable, to where it runs the installer, just as if you booted from the DVD.

http://kmwoley.com/blog/?p=345
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19 Oct 2009   #5
Aceeze

Windows 7
 
 

Can i do the same thing to install XP ?
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19 Oct 2009   #6
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It requires a completely different process, but I believe XP can be installed from a USB flash drive.
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19 Oct 2009   #7
Aceeze

Windows 7
 
 

It's maybe embarrassing to ask but what's the difference between USB Flash Drive and USB Hard Drive ?
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19 Oct 2009   #8
patio

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

A flash drive is one of those small sticks...it's flash memory .

A USB hard drive is any hard drive that will connect via USB...
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19 Oct 2009   #9
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by thaace View Post
It's maybe embarrassing to ask but what's the difference between USB Flash Drive and USB Hard Drive ?

Here are some pics:


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19 Oct 2009   #10
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

How to Create a Windows 7 Installation USB Key

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