2TB 3 partition bootable MBR to 3 partition bootable GPT 4TB drive

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  1. Posts : 128
    Win7 x64
    Thread Starter
       #21

    RT7 Lite


    I don't have it yet.
    The W7 is on a USB I believe it's been many years since I used it last. Also my W7 Pro x64 version has been sized down (thru hours of trial and error and research) using RT7 Lite which was done around 6-8 years ago to get rid of the unnecessary and annoying M$ bloat and tweaking it to the 'classic' look of XP and before which proved successful.
    Last edited by videobruce; 4 Weeks Ago at 22:21. Reason: revised comments
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  2. Posts : 7,380
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #22

    videobruce said:
    I don't have it yet.
    The W7 is on a USB I believe it's been many years since I used it last, I rely on 1st generation images w/o all the add ons.
    It doesn't matter. You're going to discard it anyway.

    To make a Win 7 USB boot able drive:

    Open a CMD window as administrator and type:

    diskpart
    list disk (it will list all drives. Identify the USB drive number)
    select disk n (replace n by the USB drive number obtained with list disk)
    clean
    convert mbr
    create part primary
    select part 1
    format fs=fat32 quick
    assign
    active
    exit (to exit diskpart)

    If you have a Win 7 installation iso file
    On Win 7 use 7Zip to extract all files and folders from the Win 7 iso file to the USB drive.

    If you have a Win 7 installation DVD
    On a computer that has ODD, copy all files and folders from the DVD to the USB drive

    To make it UEFI boot able you must add the \efi\boot folder



    Installation
    Windows can be installed in two ways: Legacy-MBR or UEFI-GPT
    To install as Legacy-MBR you must boot the installation drive as Legacy
    To install as UEFI-GPT you must boot the installation drive as UEFI.

    As you have a UEFI BIOS, you should install as UEFI-GPT
    Detach any other drives (SATA or Power cable) from the MB.

    During POST, press F12 to launch the boot menu. You will see two options for the USB drive. USB UEFI (Name) and USB (Name). Select USB UEFI (Name) if you want to install as UEFI-GPT or select USB (name) if you want to install as Legacy-MBR.
    Go to install and delete ALL partitions on the main drive till you have one and only one unallocated space and then proceed.


    To make it universal (all Win 7 versions), go to \sources on the USB drive and delete \sources\ei.cfg
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  3. Posts : 16,247
    7 X64
       #23

    ms official installation iso files can be found easily, browse internet for:

    English Version Details.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1-U ISO (Refresh)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    x86
    Part- X17-59463
    en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677460.iso
    SHA1: 65FCE0F445D9BF7E78E43F17E441E08C63722657
    ISO/CRC: 35511F11
    X17-59463.iso

    x64
    Part- X17-59465
    en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_677332.iso
    SHA1: 36AE90DEFBAD9D9539E649B193AE573B77A71C83
    ISO/CRC: 992B8FCD
    X17-59465.iso

    Windows 7 Professional SP1-U ISO (Refresh)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    x86
    Part- X17-59183
    en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_677056.iso
    SHA1: D89937DF3A9BC2EC1A1486195FD308CD3DADE928
    ISO/CRC: E8C2AD67
    X17-59183.iso

    x64
    Part- X17-59186
    en_windows_7_professional_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676939.iso
    SHA1: 0BCFC54019EA175B1EE51F6D2B207A3D14DD2B58
    ISO/CRC: AD44DB36
    X17-59186.iso

    Windows 7 Home Premium SP1-U ISO (Refresh)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    x86
    Part- X17-58996
    en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x86_dvd_u_676701.iso
    SHA1: 6071B4553FCF0EA53D589A846B5AE76743DD68FC
    ISO/CRC: 85B5EF4A
    X17-58996.iso

    x64
    Part- X17-58997
    en_windows_7_home_premium_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676549.iso
    SHA1: 6C9058389C1E2E5122B7C933275F963EDF1C07B9
    ISO/CRC: 4A182640
    X17-58997.iso
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  4. Posts : 184
    Windows 7 Home Premium
       #24

    videobruce said:
    Can I get this boot/FAT32 partition (whatever it is called) without doing a full Windows installed, or is that the only way?
    It's just a few lines in command prompt.

    diskpart
    select disk 3
    create partition efi size=100
    format fs=fat32 quick

    Could be done from within your current installation.
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  5. Posts : 128
    Win7 x64
    Thread Starter
       #25

    I updated my previous post regarding RT7Lite if that matters.

    There is text in Gigabytes MB manual regarding installing W7 and GPT partitions.;
    " If you want to install a O/S like W7 x64 that supports GPT, select the optical drive w/ the W7 disk that is prefixed with UEFI string."
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  6. Posts : 184
    Windows 7 Home Premium
       #26

    Why oh why would you do all this for a small stretch of FAT32. You could even create the partition in disk management and then change the partition ID. Basically you could shrink a partition of your GPT disk and start to practice right now.
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  7. Posts : 128
    Win7 x64
    Thread Starter
       #27

    Are you referring to RT7 Lite or that quote I took out of the MB manual?
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  8. Posts : 7,380
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #28

    Volume Z said:
    It's just a few lines in command prompt.

    diskpart
    select disk 3
    create partition efi size=100
    format fs=fat32 quick

    Could be done from within your current installation.
    @Volume Z, OP doesn't have a OS on the 4T drive.


    videobruce said:
    I updated my previous post regarding RT7Lite if that matters.

    There is text in Gigabytes MB manual regarding installing W7 and GPT partitions.;
    " If you want to install a O/S like W7 x64 that supports GPT, select the optical drive w/ the W7 disk that is prefixed with UEFI string."
    That is correct but if you follow the instructions above you will end with a Win 7 USB installation drive.

    I can give you a link to a Win 7 SP1 installation files
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  9. Posts : 128
    Win7 x64
    Thread Starter
       #29

    Thanks, I have had that file since 2016. That new drive won't be here until next week probably.
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  10. Posts : 7,380
    Windows 7 HP 64
       #30

    As I already wrote, you don't need to install Win 7 on the new drive just to create the EFI and the MSR partition.
    You can create both with diskpart commands, copy the Win 7 partition from the 2T drive and load the boot manager on the EFI partition.
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