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Old December 23, 2011, 02:42 PM
Talnoy Talnoy is offline
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Default Trying to make Bootable Win7 USB

Hey there Canucks,

I've been pulling my hair out for the last few hours trying to make a bootable USB drive from my win 7 install disc. I've tried two different methods on two different USB sticks. One I just made an iso of the install disc, then used the Microsoft USB tool to make the drive bootable but it didn't work, nothing showed up as a boot option when starting up the PC and selecting the boot menu.

The second option didn't work either, and it's listed below: Step 1: Format the Drive
The steps here are to use the command line to format the disk properly using the diskpart utility. [Be warned: this will erase everything on your drive. Be careful.]

Plug in your USB Flash Drive

Format the drive by typing the next instructions into a command prompt window. Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below.
select disk 1
create partition primary
select partition 1
format fs=NTFS
When that is done you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.

Step 2: Make the Drive Bootable
Next we’ll use the bootsect utility that comes on the Vista or Windows 7 disk to make the flash drive bootable. In the same command window that you were using in Step 1:

Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.
Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives:
cd d:\boot
Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
bootsect /nt60 g:
You can now close the command prompt window, we’re done here.

Step 3: Copy the installation DVD to the USB drive
The easiest way is to use Windows explorer to copy all of the files on your DVD on to the formatted flash drive. After you’ve copied all of the files the disk you are ready to go.

Step 4: Set your BIOS to boot from USB
This is where you’re on your own since every computer is different. Most BIOS’s allow you to hit a key at boot and select a boot option.

Neither of these worked at all, they show up in windows as a installer but the USBs I used NEVER became bootable.

Yes I've set my bios to boot from "removable" first, and no it didn't work.

Any ideas?
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