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Windows 7: move recovery media files to bootable USB drive

17 Jun 2011   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here use the list disk command, using your disk # for the USB stick instead.

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17 Jun 2011   #12
Reboot321

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you have a single DVD which contains the Recovery media for the OS reinstall (not the drivers disk - get the latest drivers from the Acer SUpport Downloads webpage for your model) you can use UltraISO trial version to have a graphical picture of what you're doing writing the DVD to flash stick.

On File tab, open DVD. On Bootable tab, write Disk Image. Format flash stick using button. Then Write.
I gave that a try but when I am about to write, I get

"Disk/Image capacity overflow" Error. Does that mean that I am running out of space?
I have a 4GB USB flash Drive (FAT 32) and my recovery CD is 3.38GB I dont understand whats going on.

I tried formatting the USB again, but I get the same message. Unfortunately, I dont have another USB to try.
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17 Jun 2011   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I think the ACER disks will be 2 factory recovery disks.
Generally you insert one then the script asks to insert the second.

As I understand it with with the Windows install disk there is only one and you prepare the USB as per the tutorial and copy one DVD set of files including boot files over to the USB.

Why not just use the disks in the first place? Also, you should be able to use Imgburn to easily make copies of your recovery disks if you want spares.
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19 Jun 2011   #14
kspencerjr

Laptop: XP MCE 2005/Windows 7 Ultimate X32 dual boot (Tower: Windows 7 Ultimate X64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I think the ACER disks will be 2 factory recovery disks.
Generally you insert one then the script asks to insert the second.

As I understand it with with the Windows install disk there is only one and you prepare the USB as per the tutorial and copy one DVD set of files including boot files over to the USB.

Why not just use the disks in the first place? Also, you should be able to use Imgburn to easily make copies of your recovery disks if you want spares.
I think he has a netbook, so it's boggling as to why manufacturers even bundle CD's with them (My mother has CD's with hers, but no drive). If you feel like getting an external USB DVD drive, that could be an option (If the stick doesn't work, that is).

I remember using Win2Flash before, I found it pretty effective as well - WinToFlash - Install Windows from usb - Home page

Hope this helps
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19 Jun 2011   #15
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kspencerjr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I think the ACER disks will be 2 factory recovery disks.
Generally you insert one then the script asks to insert the second.

As I understand it with with the Windows install disk there is only one and you prepare the USB as per the tutorial and copy one DVD set of files including boot files over to the USB.

Why not just use the disks in the first place? Also, you should be able to use Imgburn to easily make copies of your recovery disks if you want spares.
I think he has a netbook, so it's boggling as to why manufacturers even bundle CD's with them (My mother has CD's with hers, but no drive). If you feel like getting an external USB DVD drive, that could be an option (If the stick doesn't work, that is).

I remember using Win2Flash before, I found it pretty effective as well - WinToFlash - Install Windows from usb - Home page

Hope this helps
OK - Clear now. "(My mother has CD's with hers, but no drive)" how ridiculous.

I'm wondering how you might make the USB flash drive if you have multiple CD/DVDs? I wouldn't think just copying the contents of each would work?

The other option is to consider a USB DVD rewriter. They are quite cheap and could be generally useful to have.
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01 Jul 2011   #16
Reboot321

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I think the ACER disks will be 2 factory recovery disks.
Generally you insert one then the script asks to insert the second.

As I understand it with with the Windows install disk there is only one and you prepare the USB as per the tutorial and copy one DVD set of files including boot files over to the USB.

Why not just use the disks in the first place? Also, you should be able to use Imgburn to easily make copies of your recovery disks if you want spares.
I have a netbook

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kspencerjr View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I think the ACER disks will be 2 factory recovery disks.
Generally you insert one then the script asks to insert the second.

As I understand it with with the Windows install disk there is only one and you prepare the USB as per the tutorial and copy one DVD set of files including boot files over to the USB.

Why not just use the disks in the first place? Also, you should be able to use Imgburn to easily make copies of your recovery disks if you want spares.
I think he has a netbook, so it's boggling as to why manufacturers even bundle CD's with them (My mother has CD's with hers, but no drive). If you feel like getting an external USB DVD drive, that could be an option (If the stick doesn't work, that is).

I remember using Win2Flash before, I found it pretty effective as well - WinToFlash - Install Windows from usb - Home page

Hope this helps
I tried Wintoflash but it does not accept (or recognize) OEM disks
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01 Jul 2011   #17
gregrocker

 

You can try UltraISO trial version which uses the iSO from the CD/DVD.

Install Ultra, on File tab Open CD, on Bootable Tab choose Write DIsk Image, Format stick, Write.

If you have two DVD's trying to merge them is not reported successful, so I'd just run the first CD from stick, take it out and write the second CD to stick then plug it back in to see if it takes up as it would with CD.

What does Acer tell you should be done with CD's when there is no CD drive. By now they should have put up a flash stick utility like HP's since providing CD's with no CD drive is intolerable incompetence no maker can defend.
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01 Jul 2011   #18
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Call me lazy - I'd just buy a USB DVD rewriter, especially if I had a Netbook. They are dirt cheap.

PS: Being little portable units they are generally useful to have.
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01 Jul 2011   #19
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Call me lazy - I'd just buy a USB DVD rewriter, especially if I had a Netbook. They are dirt cheap.

PS: Being little portable units they are generally useful to have.
NO, not lazy, easy way go, & the best.
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