How can I create a bootable Windows 7 external USB device? (USB Flash drive or HD?)

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by donalgodon, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    I want to run Intel's SSD Toolbox to secure erase it, since I obviously cannot do so while it's booted, but I've not been able to create an externally bootable device via USB. I only have access to laptops, so I can't remove the drive and install it in a desktop SATA to do it. Is it possible to make a bootable Windows 7 device and run SSD Toolbox externally from it?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Kouryu

    Kouryu MDL Senior Member

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  3. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Thanks, but I did , in fact, search for what I was asking, which it seems that perhaps you are not at all clear about, maybe from simply misreading my original question. I'm asking about installation TO a USB, not FROM one, which is, from my perspective, a different question than the link you posted actually addressed.

    I want to know if it is possible in some way to make a bootable external disk for Windows 7 in which can include SSD Toolbox.

    Does anyone know if this is possible? It seems like such a simple thing. I can't understand why Windows doesn't allow installation to USB drives by default.
     
  4. Kouryu

    Kouryu MDL Senior Member

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    my bad... but since your intention is to actually wipe a drive, why not just make a BartPE XP disc to run the tool? You don't really need 7 do you?

    as for laptop SATA drives, the connectors are EXACTLY the same as the 3.5" desktop drives.... you can pull a laptop SATA drive out and it will plug right in to a desktop without any adapters
    they ended that madness that was with PATA
     
  5. donalgodon

    donalgodon MDL Member

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    Would Bart allow me to install the SSD Toolbox to it before I burned it to boot?

    I don't have any way to get my hands on a desktop that I can run the tool from, otherwise, it'd be no problem.
     
  6. 01e6e10

    01e6e10 MDL Novice

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    Check this link: reboot[dot]pro/10126/