Tonight I will show you how to load a Window 7 Installation Disk onto a USB Drive. A short video shows you the process and walks you through the preparation steps.
I am about ready to start a Windows 7 installation on another PC I am building and a netbook I just got for my wife next week. Since her netbook does not have a drive, and I am not buying a DVD drive just for the new OS install, I needed an alternative installation method.
In addition, sometimes we just need to install a fresh OS. Windows 7 installation DVDs are great but they are susceptible to damage and are slow. In addition, sometimes your PC may not have a DVD drive. Most netbooks do not even have DVD drives anyway!
With about $10 for a 4GB USB stick and your Windows 7 DVD you can make your own Windows 7 installation USB drive.
- 4GB USB Drive (larger size USB drive is ok)
- Windows 7 Installation DVD
- One Beer (optional as always)
Preparing the USB Drive – Video
Steps for preparing the USB drive
- Insert your USB drive and wait for any USB drivers to load
- Start diskpart from Start Menu
- list disk command to find USB drive number
- select disk 5 command (5 being whatever number YOUR USB drive number is)
- clean command
- create partition primary command
- format fs=fat32 quick command
- assign command
The newly conditioned and formatted drive should pop up on the screen. Open it with explorer if it does not open automatically.
Insert your Windows 7 DVD, cancel any auto-run windows that may pop up, and use Windows explorer to view the DVD contents.
Now, just drag and drop the entire contents of the Windows 7 DVD to the USB drive. The disk will be about 80% hence the 4GB size. You can always use a larger USB drive if you had one laying around.
See you next Friday night,