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kOrny Feb 09, 2010, 05:21pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I got a netbook that has linux on it, but I want to put Windows 7 instead. I know that it is possible to boot Windows 7 setup files from a USB flash drive, but is it also possible to do the same with an SD memory card or external hard drive?

Reason I ask is because the Windows 7 setup files are about 2.3GB and the largest USB flash drive I have is 2GB. I also have an 8GB SD memory card and a 40GB USB external hard drive. I don't want to have to go buy a larger flash drive if I can use a memory card or external hard drive.

I would be using the same method to copy & boot files as I would with the flash drive (formatting->copying iso contents->booting from usb). I dont see why it wouldn't work.

Anyone know?

THANKS


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TamTheBam Feb 09, 2010, 05:23pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Feb 09, 2010, 05:25pm EST

 
>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?

Aye of course you can! Would you like a link?!

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_to_install_windows..._a_usb_key

It's p**s easy, and best to keep it on the stick for future use as it's much faster AND
more reliable!



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Feb 09, 2010, 05:30pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?
As long as you can boot from USB, booting from a USB hard drive is no problem.

I have a tiny little reader like this:
http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/kingstonmobility3.jpg

I have a 4GB microSDHC card in it, and it boots just fine.

Suspended User Feb 09, 2010, 05:31pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?
Tam, he means a USB HDD, not key.


I have never been able to, I think your BIOS determines it. If it has Boot FROM USB HDD, then you can, but if it doesn't then you can't, even if it says boot form USB key etc

kOrny Feb 09, 2010, 05:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?
wow thanks for the quick reply's.

i'm mainly concerned to see if i can boot from the SD card (from the SD card slot, not a usb adapter like you've got McFly). If that doesn't work I'll try the external hard drive.

IF ALL THAT FAILS THEN i'll spend $10 on a 4GB flash drive.

Feb 09, 2010, 05:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?
I've booted from a USB hard drive on multiple machines, I don't think any of them had a specific "Boot from USB HDD" option ... usually just "Boot from USB."

As a quick test for either, try making DOS boot drives out of them and seeing if they boot.

kOrny Feb 09, 2010, 05:47pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?
Yea well its in the mail right now, gonna test out the linux before I switch (excited/scared [linux virgin]).

i'll let you know what i'm able to do.

thanks for the help peeps

Feb 09, 2010, 05:53pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?
Linux is your friend. :_)

TamTheBam Feb 09, 2010, 06:39pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?
Kieran B said:
Tam, he means a USB HDD, not key.


I have never been able to, I think your BIOS determines it. If it has Boot FROM USB HDD, then you can, but if it doesn't then you can't, even if it says boot form USB key etc


I know this. This's the same procedure to do this. His HDD will be USB. External.
Even if the HDD is connected externally via Sata, he'll need to create a boot partiton
to install Windows. Anything outside of the MoBo will require a boot partiton.



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kOrny Feb 18, 2010, 06:57pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?
You know, linux isnt half bad... i might keep it on here.

TamTheBam Feb 18, 2010, 07:10pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Can you boot from a SD memory card and/or external hard drive?
k0rny said:
You know, linux isnt half bad... i might keep it on here.


Lay off the drink eh. Go and sleep it off. You'll be back to normality in the morning lol



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