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Windows 7: Loading w7 on to a USB

5 Days Ago   #1
Lioninstreet

W6.1 64
 
 
Loading w7 on to a USB

I'm trying to load a 6.1 os onto a 256gb thumb drive (a pny usb 3.0). The goal being having a USB as the systems boot drive.

I have a disk with sp1 included, I'm using a external USB DVD drive to load in the OS, and the hardware I'm using is circa 2009 (a e5200 processor and only USB 2.0 ports). It also has SATAII but no hard drives are installed.

Once the system boots past bios, the OS begins to load, and will continue installing up until the Installing Windows screen.

But then it seems that the install is not recognizing the USB drive as the load drivers windows states: The installation cannot proceed because a primary hard drive is not detected. To install the storage drivers for the primary hard drive click load drivers.

I've tried using Rufus to make the USB drive bootable (MS DOS as the partition scheme w/MBR) but the drive is still not detected.

I know that the thumb drive is USB 3.0, but it is seen on another working system thru a USB 2.0 port so it would seem it should be backwards compatible with the OS install as well. Anyone care to chime in with some guidance on how to get the thumb drive recognized?

Maybe load in a generic USB driver? But shouldn't the OS have installed that as part of the initial install routine already, not to mention the hardware is already recognizing the USB DVD drive...
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5 Days Ago   #2
z3r010

Windows 10 Workstation x64
 
 

I've not tried, but there are a few videos on youtube that show you how to do this.

Best Free Windows To Go Creator Wizard Helps Create Portable Windows 10/8/7!

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5 Days Ago   #3
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

Lioninstreet,
Here you go! I"ve used the free version for years. Program seems to hang right on the end but it will complete. Disabling you Anti-Virus etc removes the hang but I don't do that unless I disconnect from Net.
WinToUSB - EasyUEFI
Direct Download WinToUSB
How to create Windows To Go using WinToUSB? - EasyUEFI

Enjoy

Snick


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5 Days Ago   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Aomei partition assistant also does it. usb2 is too slow, use usb3.

Free Partition Manager Software for Windows - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

Click Tools>windows to go creator

Loading w7 on to a USB-wintogo1.jpg


Loading w7 on to a USB-wintogo2.jpg


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5 Days Ago   #5
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Then integrate usb3 drivers.

Simplest way is to use dism++.

Click File>Add PATH and browse to the usb stick.

Loading w7 on to a USB-addpath1.jpg


Then click "open session"

Then click Updates in the left pane, click ADD and browse to windows6.1-kb2864202-x64.msu

Then click Drivers in the left pane, click ADD and browse to XHCI\x64 folder.

Optionally, also click ADD and browse to UASPSTOR\x64 folder.


Dism++10.1.1000.100.zip

kb2864202-x64-x86.zip

XHCI-UASP.zip

That is the 6.2.9200 usb3 stack -works fine on win7


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5 Days Ago   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I haven't used aomei for win7 to go since I explained to them how to do it - that is quite a while ago. , so I am assuming they haven't changed it.

Whichever tool you use to create the to go usb stick, I strongly recommend integrating the usb3 stack or it will be too slow to bother with.
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5 Days Ago   #7
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, & Kali
 
 

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4 Days Ago   #8
Lioninstreet

W6.1 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Whichever tool you use to create the to go usb stick, I strongly recommend integrating the usb3 stack or it will be too slow to bother with.
Thanks to everyone who replied, gotta love this forum!

[EDIT} Sounds like your suggesting I need USB 3.0 drivers even though the hardware only has usb 2.0. That doesn't make sense, but I'll integrate them in none the less.

Purpose of this exercise is to load WHS11 onto USB using the MBR format and use it to drive HP Mediasmart Server hardware. This will leave all 4 of the drive bays free for GPT storage, permit a massive storage array with the functionality of WHS11, and keep everything in a super compact package.

This should be a fun test.
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3 Days Ago   #9
Lioninstreet

W6.1 64
 
 

I had a AOMEI PM on my computer already so I first went with their Windows to Go app.

Question or two for @SIW2:

I ran the install on a w7 computer with usb 3.0 the OS transfer took prolly 4-5 hours. Then I transferred the USB stick over to the destination computer (USB 2.0 only) and booted up. That was yesterday. The system started to install but for about the last 20 hours it's been hanging on "Setup is Installing Devices"


Since I'm starting from a system disk, I'm choosing the install.wim file to install when using the WtG app. That is the correct file, yes? Or are there additional files I should be adding as well?

Also, would I necessarily still need to use DISM++ to add the USB 3.0 drivers in considering the destination computer only has USB 2.0 ports?
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3 Days Ago   #10
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I wouldn't use usb2. If that is all you have, then don't use win to go.

As I stated in an earlier post.

Quote:
usb2 is too slow
I have nothing more to add.
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