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I have a 1TB Toshiba HDD that turns off after 5 minutes of being turned on with no activity. That was just the horrible design they came up with.

Anyway, I've recently built a new computer and my Optical Drive is so old that it uses IDE interface (ick!) and I can't install Windows from that, so I was going to use an ISO to do it. Seems like it's easy enough to do from a Flash Drive, and fairly simple from an external hard drive as well. However, given the stupid nature of my HDD I'm not sure if this is a good idea.

Has anyone actually performed this, and if so, can you testify to whether or not the HDD was active during installation? I'd need something to be happening on the Hard Drive at all times, otherwise the installation will fail due to my HDD turning off.

It's not too big of a deal if this is not possible, but I'd prefer not to have to go out and buy a DVD drive if possible, since basically everything is digital nowadays.

Thanks in advance,

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Well, to install Windows you need to mount an ISO image onto a drive and make it boot-able.

Unfortunately, as far as I know, it is not possible.

Though, it is possible on a USB drive, and making a USB drive boot-able is now really easy every since Microsoft released a program that does it in 3 easy steps.

All you have to do is back up your Windows DVD as an ISO and download this:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...usbdvd_dwnTool

You will need a 4G-8GB USB drive at a minimum.

I've done this several times and it's always worked flawlessly, but if it doesn't, there are other options such as:

http://wintoflash.com/
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Flash Drives ARE cheaper than optical drives. Maybe I'll just go pick up a cheap one and do this. Thanks for the advice!
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