install new Win 7 from a thumb drive

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by megalomando, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. megalomando

    megalomando MDL Junior Member

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    I need to build a new computer and have most of the parts. It turns out my motherboard does not have any IDE connections and must use SATA devices. My CD/DVD is an IDE so I can't use it. I ordered a SATA burner and SSD but because of back ordering it won't get here for several days yet. I'd like to get Win 7 installed on one of my SATA drives to get the ball rolling before the CD/DVD drive arrives. I have just about everything I'm going to load on the computer in two USB drives so I don't need the DVD drive except to load Windows.

    My thought was to make a USB thumb drive bootable in dos and then have the contents of Win 7 moved to that same drive and I could boot from there. I did so and trying to run setup and the files can not be run under DOS. I then made the thumb drive NTFS and transferred the win 7 files to that but when it goes to boot I get the message NTLDR is missing and I have no access to the files on the thumb drive anyway.

    I was hoping to use imgburn to make an iso of the win 7 install disc and then be able to "burn"/transfer that data including the auto boot to the thumb drive but imgburn only will burn to a disc, not a discrete drive.

    Anyone have an idea I can try to get windows 7 onto a thumb drive so it will allow Win 7 to be installed from it?

    Thanks.
     
  2. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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  3. megalomando

    megalomando MDL Junior Member

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    Thanks hbhb,

    I made an iso image from the installation DVD using imgburn but when I used the above tool with it, it said the image was not a valid iso file. Imgburn makes excellent ISOs, maybe it's the name imgburn gave the iso that the tool is not happy with? either way, it's not flying.

    Any other ideas?
     
  4. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    it should work, lots of us use it. Try power iso or ultra iso to make the iso, or better yet download an iso from here that includes SP1
     
  5. Josh Cell

    Josh Cell MDL Developer

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  6. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    always gr8 to have options,
    obrigado
     
  7. hbhb

    hbhb MDL Expert

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    good job man, :D
     
  8. Alphawaves

    Alphawaves Super Moderator/Developer
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    Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool is crap, use Josh Cells USB tool..
    The Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool is unreliable for UEFI-bootable..
     
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