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Windows 7: installing windows 7 from usb 2 or sata dvd: what's faster?

29 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
installing windows 7 from usb 2.0 or sata 2.0 dvd: what's faster?

I have a bootable usb2 thumb drive with win7 and a dvd with the same win7 iso burned to it.
What would be the faster install method?
The dvd appears to hang at times whereas the usb took a long time to load the initial files from the bios.

Is there a clear winner in the installation speed of these two methods?
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29 Dec 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


Depends on the USB stick. Either one is fast enough if you burned/wrote it correctly.

Failsafe fallbacks: ImgBurn at 4x speed, and UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive
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29 Dec 2012   #3

Win7 Ultimate X64

Dont think there would be a major difference, i would think that sata speeds would prevail but i generally do it from usb and doesnt seem to take any longer as its only the initial load times that are really affected
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29 Dec 2012   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

I have done several USB installs with 8GB & 16GB Computer Memory & fairly fast AMD CPU's usualy 10 to 15 minutes start to finish.
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29 Dec 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

In my limited experience, installing from a USB stick is much faster than from a DVD. It appears to be true even for a slowish USB 2 stick as compared to a SATA DVD drive.
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29 Dec 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1

I have done quite a few clean installs and at least on my PC, a USB2 flashdrive is faster than my SATA DVD drive.
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