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usb harddisk bootable from windows 7

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    Lahore
    Posts : 12
    windows7 ultimate/Professional, Windows 8

    usb harddisk bootable from windows 7


    HI..
    I want to make an usb windows8 harddisk bootable.
    Guide me please. I am running windows7 right now.
    Last edited by maifs; 17 Dec 2011 at 07:21.

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    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Maifs,

    The tutorial below can help show you how to make a bootable Windows 8 USB flash drive to use to install Windows 8 with.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...eview-iso.html

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Lahore
    Posts : 12
    windows7 ultimate/Professional, Windows 8


    thanks brink.
    but this time, i don't have an usb instead an usb hard disk drive. can you help about on how should i create a bootable windowd8 usb hd drive.
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    Sorry, but Windows cannot be installed to an external/portable drive. It needs to be installed on an internal HDD.
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  5. #5


    Lahore
    Posts : 12
    windows7 ultimate/Professional, Windows 8


    hi Brink. so guide me about internal HD bootable drive? how can i make bootable to internal hd drive?
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    Am I int the right place?
    Helsinki
    Posts : 340
    Windows 7 x64 Home Premium / Commodore OS Vision / Windows 8 Release preview


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Sorry, but Windows cannot be installed to an external/portable drive. It needs to be installed on an internal HDD.
    actually, i think that windows systems can be installed to external usb HDD. by installing the hdd in to your computer, installing windows in to it, and then pack it back to it's cover. Usually external hdd's are PnP devices, so no driver is needed. Then just boot your system from the external hard drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maifs View Post
    hi Brink. so guide me about internal HD bootable drive? how can i make bootable to internal hd drive?
    It depends on how you would like to install Windows 8, but here's a few tutorials to help.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    or

    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

    or

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
    Last edited by Brink; 16 Nov 2012 at 17:46. Reason: updated
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    actually, i think that windows systems can be installed to external usb HDD
    Correct. My Win8 was installed on an external disk attached via eSata. Just make sure you disconnect the internal disk during the installation so that you do not get a double boot and have to keep the external attached all the time. You can then set the boot order as 1. Optical drive, 2. External drive, 3. Internal OS drive. That way it boots into Win8 when the external is attached and into Win7 when the external is detached. My enclosure has a switch, so it is easy to switch it off.

    If you do not have an eSata port, get a PCI card (or an Express card for a laptop) and an eSata enclosure. The 2 items together sell for less than $50.
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