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Windows 7: Installing Windows 7 from External HDD

02 Aug 2011   #1
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 
Installing Windows 7 from External HDD

Hi,

I need to do a clean re-install of Windows 7, but sadly, my DVD burner/reader has stopped working, I will investigate this later.

Anyways, since that is bust, I need to install Windows 7 from my external HDD. I have a lot of valuable data on it so I can't delete/format it. It is using NTFS. Is this possible, and if so, how?

Slasher


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02 Aug 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Do you have USB Pendrive over 4gb?
If yes,
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
IMO, It best to use method two.
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02 Aug 2011   #3
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Yes I know that method, but all my '4 GB' memory sticks have 3.7 GB of usable data, so I've got to use my external HDD.

Slasher
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02 Aug 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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As USB Pendrives are cheap, I would buy a new one.
or
A new DVD drive.
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02 Aug 2011   #5
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Yes I understand that and will fix my DVD drive in due time. But can you just answer the question if that is ok?

Slasher
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02 Aug 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Normally you cannot install from a USB attached drive. Some BIOS allow booting from eSata. Else it is a pen drive if your BIOS allows booting from it.

Check your boot sequence in the BIOS and you will see.
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02 Aug 2011   #7
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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You could use this tutorial:
Recovery Partition - Create
If do make sure you backup ext drive.
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02 Aug 2011   #8
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

@whs - So you're saying I can install from a USB Flash Drive but not from a USB HDD?
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02 Aug 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I know it works from a USB flash drive. But from an external disk I have never tried because it was always said that this does not work. I suppose you would have to have an active partition and an MBR that points to it. Matter of trying.
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02 Aug 2011   #10
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Fine forget the external HDD... Can I use my USB card reader and plug my Sony MS Pro Duo (8 GB) into it and use that to install Windows 7?

Installing Windows 7 from External HDD-untitled-5.jpg A pretty crappy pic of it...

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