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Windows 7: please help with getting my USB formatted/bootable

10 Mar 2011   #11
11225e

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

so you are telling me that I need to execute bootsect twice, once from the OS I used to boot with and once from an OS in the optical drive. this makes no sense to me - especially if the OS on the CD is the one I used to install on on the notebook computer I am working with - you know - same exact bootsect.exe. but, ok, I'll try it if that's what you mean...


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10 Mar 2011   #12
11225e

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I re-executed bootsect and got:

Updated NTFS filesystem bootcode. The update may be unreliable since the
volume could not be locked during the update:
Access is denied.
Bootcode was successfully updated on all targeted volumes.
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10 Mar 2011   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It seems you are on the wrong track .

You don't need to use bootsect at all if you formatted the partition with windows 7 disk management.

What is on the drive you wish to boot?

How are you trying to boot ?

Did you see my previous post
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10 Mar 2011   #14
Night Hawk

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

When you are using DiskPart you only need to run the command once and wait to see if the confirmation message appears. The drive should then be found bootable on it's own since that simply writes the boot code.

Simply partitioning and formatting a drive to NTFS and marking the volume active won't see it made bootable on it's own. And even when the boot code is written that would have to be pointed to a boot loader or initialize the setup files for the 7 dvd contents.

Without having any mbr/bootsector entries you would simply end up seeing a flashing dash in one of the upper corners of the screen.
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11 Mar 2011   #15
11225e

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanx for still sticking with me. I am impressed.
SIW2:
On the drive I am trying to boot from is a copy of Win 7 and some other files. This is the drive that I formatted using DISKPART then I also formatted it using disk management to see if that made any difference. In disk management (both times) it shows as Simple, Basic, Primary, NTFS, Active. What wrong track am I on?
Night Hawk:
I don't understand what you wrote. The USB drive is formatted with NTFS and there is only one partition - so it's primary. Doesn't the bootsect command make the disk bootable? Did I miss a step?
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11 Mar 2011   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Post a screenie of the contents of the usb hd.
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11 Mar 2011   #17
Night Hawk

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

The DiskPart method does work for usb flash drives when you go to run the bootsect.exe file and enter the commands correctly. I used that method as well as a few 3rd party tools that write disk images to flash drives to see results there.

Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to test on 3.5" HDs as of yet however to find out where any problems would be seen. If you follow the steps to the letter the results may vary however. Others would simply elect to mount an iso image on the drive for installing 7 that way.

If you still end up not being able to get the 7 installer to run when booting from the drive the other option used for netbooks and laptops when an opticel isn't working or when going to MS for the iso purchase would be the usb install key. USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

For getting a Vista laptops running again as well as running tests with several temp installs it can save a lot of time as well as free up your drive for other things. And now with SP1 avaiilable you could see the service pack along with various updates added in as well. Slipstream Windows 7 SP1 into a Installation DVD or ISO File
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