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I have no dvd drive and need a way to install windows 7 onto my system. Is it possible to use my external hdd to install w7 without formatting the external drive?
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i would use a USB thumb drive in you case thumb.gif
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I don't have one.
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aha, well i know you can instal from a USB external HDD by the usual method of changing the boot order to the external drive .. im just not sure if it has to be formatted..
you could try this..
put all files on the external into one folder...
extract the ISO to the external so that the win7 set up folders and files such as setup.exe, bootmgr etc are separate and see if it starts the setup process.. you can try and see if it works, you wont lose the data on the external if it doesnt smile.gif
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i7-3770k Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH MSI GTX460 G.Skill TridentX 2400 2 x 4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Plextor M5p 128GB 2 x WD 500GB Blues LG Prolimatech Megahalems Rev C 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Arctic F12 CO PWM x 2 Push/Pull Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate LG IPS235V Corsair AX850 
Case
Coolermaster HAF 912 advanced (Asia version) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5-3570K Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Inno3D Ichill GTX660 8GB G.Skill RipjawsX 1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Samsung 830 128GB WD black 500GB Liteon Coolermaster Hyper 212+ EVO 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Win 7 ultimate Samsung Syncmaster 932gwe+ OCZ ZT series 550W Coolermaster 410 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
1.67Ghz Atom stock 1GB DDR2 2 x 500GB Western Digital Cavier Blacks [RAID 1] 
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stock DSM3.2 [built on linux] stock stock 
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