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Using a Bootable Corsair, UFD to Install Windows 7 DVD Method

Using a Bootable Corsair, UFD to Install Windows 7 DVD Method

1 Selecting the Drive

We used the excellent guide for installing Windows 7 from a USB drive published at the Maximum PC website. 

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/ how_to_install_windows_7_beta_a_usb_key

Due to the size of the Windows installation files, you will need a UFD drive exceeding 3.25GB of storage space. 

 

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2 What you Need 

One of the advantages to installing Windows 7 from a UFD is that when using a fast drive, you should be able to install much faster than when using an optical drive. A fast drive such as a GT series drive from Corsair will provide great results. Also, your UFD will still be fully usable as a normal flash drive. 

 

In our example, we‟ll be using Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit. This method works with any version of Windows 7. This method uses a Windows 7 DVD as the source for the Windows 7 installation files. You‟ll need a Windows 7 DVD. 

 

3 Open a Command Prompt and Run as  

Administrator

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Open a command prompt and run as an administrator by right-clicking the icon. 

4 Run Diskpart and List Disk

Open the Disk Partition command line tool by typing “diskpart” and pressing enter. Then, type “list disk”  to find the active disks on your system. 

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Next, type  and enter the following commands, one at a time:

Select Disk # (Where # is the number of your USB disk. We typed “Select Disk 6”)

Clean (removes any existing partitions from the USB disk, including any hidden sectors)

Create Partition Primary (Creates a new primary partition with default parameters)

Select Partition 1 (Focus on the newly created partition)

Active (Sets the in-focus partition to active, informing the disk firmware that this is a valid system partition)

Format FS=NTFS (Formats the partition with the NTFS file system. This may take several minutes to complete, depending on the size of your USB key. NOTE: For very large drives, you may want to use the “quick” formatting option: Format FS=NTFS Quick )

Assign (Gives the USB drive a Windows volume and next available drive letter. In our case, drive “L” was assigned.)

Exit (Quits the DiskPart tool)

5 Copy the Windows 7 files to the UFD

Copy the entire Windows 7 disk contents to a folder on your desktop and name the file Windows 7. 

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6 Make the UFD Bootable

 

Go back to your command prompt, running it as an Administrator. Using the “CD” command, find your way to the folder where you have the Windows 7 files. Your command line path should look something like “C:\Users\USERNAMEHERE\Desktop\Windows 7\”.

Type the following commands:

CD Boot (This gets you into the “boot” directory)

Bootsect.exe /nt60 L: (where „L‟ is the drive letter assigned to your USB key from the previous step)

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7 Copy the Windows Files to the UFD

After this step is completed, copy all of the files from the Windows 7 folder to your UFD. Once, these files are copied, your UFD is now bootable and can be used to install Windows 7. When using a fast drive, this method is much faster than installing from a DVD. This is also very useful when installing Windows 7 to systems that do not have a DVD drive such as netbooks or barebones systems. 

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Resources

Additional information on Corsair UFD drives can be found here:  http://www.corsair.com/products/flash.aspx

Additional information on the Maximum PC article for installing Windows 7 from a UFD can be found here:                             

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_to_install_windows_7_beta_a_usb_key?page=0% 2C1