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Is there any way that I can use a USB harddrive to install Windows 7 on my Netbook? The Netbook is without a CD-ROM drive.

I've got the Windows 7 installation as an ISO-file, if that helps?

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Theres an app for that

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Pretty cool. But my USB HDD is not showing up when I get to the step where I select where to copy the installation files. My USB HDD is formatted: NTFS, logical drive. I've got no device-specific software installed. –  roosteronacid Apr 28 '10 at 12:08

I found this article. Gonna give that a try. But I appreciate any-and-all advice on the subject.

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by the way ... windows 7 does NOT support USB installation. –  mike Apr 28 '10 at 12:06
it does ... use this guide to get your usb working for a installation...intowindows.com/… –  mike Apr 28 '10 at 20:12
@Mike: it DOES (written from a pc with W7 installed from usb) –  iDevlop May 10 '10 at 20:50

sure man... its real easy.. i install windows 7 on netbooks all the time.. first put the ISO file on the desktop of the nettop.. in xp or what ever OS you have on it.. now... use 7-zip www.7-zip.org (the program is free) use 7-zip to extract the ISO file to a folder. Now just double click the setup file and go though the process. Windows 7 will install all nessasary files at the first setup. after it restarts it will have all the files needed so it will not need the installation cd or files because they were already copyed to the Hard drive. Windows 7 installers are almost fool proof...

Good Luck!

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Check our Bootsage, a nice Windows app for building the flash drive under all operating systems XP-Win7. http://firesage.com/bootsage

Best of luck!

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I used this for my 16GB USB Drive


But Bootsect is found within the ISO so you got to extract it out (Windows doesn't copy that into your computer during installation as its mainly a developer/systems administrator tool)

Might I add that installing form an external HDD or thumbdrive is wayyyy faster than through a DVD.

Oh and Andrew Bolster's link is only for USB thumbdrives. The application detects external hard drives as, well, hard drives.

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This article on MSDN has some steps to use with DISKPART. See the section, "To prepare a UFD by using DISKPART on Windows Vista"

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