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Is it possible to install Win7 to SSD w/o using a DVD drive?

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May 1, 2013 4:00:23 PM

Hello. I have a 256 Gb Crucial SSD that I'd like to use as my primary system drive.

I have a functioning PC running Win7 already, and I have purchased an additional license & Win7 64-bit disc for the new install.

When this build is finished, the idea is to have 2 machines so I can do dedicated rendering of HDR images on a 2nd machine.

However, I only have one DVD drive.

I was wondering, can anyone think of a clever way to copy the Win7 files to the new SSD, install from there, then, after the install is done... well, the problem I think, will be that it will attempt to install Win7 anytime I boot to this drive.

Can anyone think of a clever way to do the install from files copied to the SSD, i.e., without installing a DVD drive?

Thanks in advance.

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a b G Storage
May 1, 2013 4:09:43 PM

Download microsoft's usb tool and an iso of win7 64. Format a thumb drive, install the iso on the thumb, install on your computer and use the key from your new disc.

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May 1, 2013 8:17:26 PM

markwp said:
Download microsoft's usb tool and an iso of win7 64. Format a thumb drive, install the iso on the thumb, install on your computer and use the key from your new disc.

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Let me ask a stupid question... just copying the Win7 DVD to the USB flash drive.. I assume this won't work?

I know about ISO images, I'll have to find some ISO ripping software.. but thank you, this makes sense, I think...

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May 2, 2013 5:22:16 AM

Correct - you can't just copy the dvd.

You don't need iso ripping software - the windows iso's are available here

The microsoft tool can be found here

This is really an easy process and works like a champ.

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