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.
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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.