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Windows 7: USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

05 Sep 2010   #140

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Yep, it's best for Vista as well.

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28 Oct 2010   #141

Booting with an external hard drive?

Is it possible to boot Windows 7 Professional 32-bit with an external hard drive?
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28 Oct 2010   #142

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Carlo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Only if the external drive was connected at both ends (ex: back of drive & on motherboard SATA port) with a eSATA cable without any type of adapters (ex: USB to eSATA). This type of connection is seen as being the same thing as a normal internal drive.

Hope this helps,
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30 Oct 2010   #143

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

I was wondering if it's fine to copy the 'F6' Raid install files on to the same USB drive that I did this guide on?
I'm waiting for three SSD's that I plan to raid-0 together and wanted to try installing Win7 from USB this time. I just didn't know if I could put the F6 files on it too (in the root directory) I'm thinking it'll be fine, but wanted to double check...
Thanks for the help or any tips in doing this
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30 Oct 2010   #144

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Icarus,

Sure, that would be fine and wouldn't hurt anything at all.
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30 Oct 2010   #145

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Thank you
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30 Oct 2010   #146

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome.
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26 Nov 2010   #147

Windows 7 Prof x64

Hello Brink,

Excellent tut. I'm just after finishing the USB Win 7 Installation Key Drive. Many thanks for your ongoing support. +1

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26 Nov 2010   #148

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Lucas.
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01 Jan 2011   #149

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

I thought I'd report my experience with this tutorial.

Short story: it succeeded, but at first I thought it had failed.

I have a Windows 7 32-bit installation on an Intel DG965RY motherboard that DOES support USB booting. I am likely to move to a Sandy Bridge processor and new motherboard in the next few months and will at that time move to 64-bit Windows 7, so I wanted to try a USB install.

I used method 1 in this tutorial, slightly modified. I used ImgBurn to make an ISO image of my 64-bit Windows 7 retail disc. No issues, but it did create 2 files: the expected ISO and a little MDS file. It turns out you can ignore the MDS file.

Then I inserted an 8 gig USB drive into a port. This drive was nearly full of files.

I then downloaded, installed, and ran the "Windows 7 USB DVD download tool" and pointed it at the just-created ISO file. It recognized the lack of space on the USB drive, reformatted it, and created a bootable USB drive.

I attempted to boot from the USB drive and failed--it was bypassed repeatedly and I ended up at my normal desktop. In spite of setting the USB drive to first in the boot order and in spite of setting the BIOS to "enable USB boot".

I thought that the USB drive was in fact not bootable or that there was a conflict because I had used 32-bit Windows 7 to make a boot drive for 64-bit Windows 7.

Well, it turns out there is another switch in the BIOS where you can change "USB mass storage" to "emulate fixed discs". That did it. The other choices on that switch were "emulate floppy discs" and another one or two that I don't recall.

So, I got it working and thanks for the tutorial. I plan to use this bootable USB within the next month or two.
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