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Windows 7: How do I convert multiple CD/dvd install to USB?

01 Nov 2010   #11

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

NIghthawk and all others, many thanks for all your advice.

The application in question is actually Adobe Creative Suite 4 which comes on 3 DVD's, fortunately I made ISO's of them when I first bought the software and have then on a hard drive.

It got me thinking because when SP1 rtm comes out, I intend to do a full system re-install with the user accounts taken care of by easy transfer.

I have an external drive which I could partition in to the three DVD size partitions but as has been said above, the prompt is for the next disc, and I wonder if it always look to the optical drive - whether it can be made to point to another partition / hdd volume etc.

I'm sure that in the next few years we'll see the flash drive or online installer options as standard, but till then it's finding workarounds which as you can all appreciate will make the difference between a 20min install and an hour install.

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01 Nov 2010   #12
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

i'm sure that multiple iso's is the way to go.

you have three dvd's - convert them to iso1, iso2 and iso3. mount all three of them at the same time, so they become f: g: and h:

i have a feeling that the installer looks for any available optical disk drives before it asks 'insert disc 2'.

so if you had already mounted discs 1,2 and 3 on virtual drives f: g: and h:, then all you need do is start the installer program on f: and the installer should find g: and h: automatically, and you won't need to mess around changing virtual discs.

this has worked for me in the past - but will only work if the iso's are all saved on (the same) ntfs partition, due to the filesize limit of fat32.

it's a pity that the cs4 trial is not available for download from adobe any more, as that would come as the one package, and needs no disc or iso swapping at all. you could easily activate the trial version with a valid serial key.
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01 Nov 2010   #13
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Installers tend to look for Disk #2, #3 in the exact same drive as used for the first. You wouldn't be able to assign a separate drive letter for each iso of the same installation package but may see the installation work by mounting all of the iso images from the same drive in order to fool the installer in a way.

Since the Adobe suite installs directly to the hard drive unpacking all 3 isos into a single folder may be the way to go since the installer will be able to find the remaining files it needs during setup. The only way to find that out of course would be giving that a try.

It basically comes down to how the installer works. With some programs a unique disk id is present where a verfied optical media disk is a requirement. Software companies see to that for the obvious reasons.
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02 Nov 2010   #14

Windows 7 Professional 64bit

thanks to all, yes, I can only give it a go and see what happens!

ONe thing is for certain, when I finally get the money for an upgrade I will definitely be looking to download the trial version from adobe in order to do exactly what Mickey suggested - and then just pop in my serial number.

Many thanks to all.
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