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I'm wondering if its possible to put the OS on a flashdrive instead of a CD because I don't have any CDs.
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Yes its possible but how varies depending on which os you have in mind.
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Yes, it usually works great. I use unetbootin to write the ISO file to my USB drive. Just use the diskimage option, select the ISO, let it run, plug it in to the correct PC, boot from it, and install.

There have been some occasions when it won't work but if it doesn't it's not like you are out any disks since you can just erase your flash drive.
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Yes i installed Windows 7 using a pendrive on a minilaptop without optical drive.
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Yes sir, and it's a lot faster than optical media too!
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I dont even have cd drives in any of my computers anymore... USB FTW.
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I have a 5GB partition on my External HDD that always has my copy of Windows 7 on it. To install windows into something all i do is plug the HDD into the computer and set the BIOS to boot from the External HDD

Same method can be used with a flashdrive.
  • To set up the External HDD or USB Flashdrive you go to disk management (Start menu -> Right click computer and click "Manage" -> Storage -> Disk Management)
  • Right click on your external HDD.
  • Shrink the main volume by about 5GB.
  • Create a new volume (FAT32) from that 5GB of unallocated space
  • Right click on it and click "Mark Partition as Active"
  • Copy and paste the contents of the Windows 7 disk to the partition (no ISO needed, literally just copy and paste the contents of the disk.)
  • Restart the computer and set the BIOS to boot from the External HDD
  • Install Windows 7
  • ........?
  • PROFIT!

Edited by amorph - 3/10/11 at 8:57pm
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post #8 of 9
MS has a tool for this as well: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...usbdvd_dwnTool

I would suggest permanently changing the boot order so that a USB flash drive boots first (the BIOS might refer to it as USB HDD). Then you can easily boot from it whenever it's inserted.
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I just installed Windows 7 on my brothers laptop using my external HDD and for some reason the BIOS wouldn't boot it at all when i set it to boot from USB.

But when i set it to boot from FDD it worked for some reason, so watch out for that with some systems.
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