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Can I mount an Windows 7 as an iso file and install it from there while running Windows 7 on my HDD?

Hello,

I got a new SSD and I wish to make that my boot drive, currently my boot drive is a 5 year old 500GB WD HDD with Windows 7 on it.

I want to keep using Windows 7 and wish to install it on my SSD.

Can I just mount the Windows 7 iso to a virtual drive and install it from there on my SSD while running Windows 7 on my HDD?

I do not wish to image or clone it for different reasons.

Thanks.
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  1. Just create a bootable USB with that ISO.

    This:
    Rufus
    or this:
    Windows USB/DVD Download Tool
  2. Best answer
    ideally you want to put it on a bootable usb

    and disconnect the hdd when you install to the ssd

    that way they have separate boot records
  3. mcnumpty23 said:
    ideally you want to put it on a bootable usb

    and disconnect the hdd when you install to the ssd

    that way they have separate boot records


    I will not be using my HDD after the install though.
  4. USAFRet said:
    Just create a bootable USB with that ISO.

    This:
    Rufus
    or this:
    Windows USB/DVD Download Tool


    Anything else I should know before starting this?
  5. Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    ideally you want to put it on a bootable usb

    and disconnect the hdd when you install to the ssd

    that way they have separate boot records


    I will not be using my HDD after the install though.


    then you still want to do it this way

    or when you remove the hard drive the ssd boot record will be looking for the hard drive that isnt there
  6. Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    ideally you want to put it on a bootable usb

    and disconnect the hdd when you install to the ssd

    that way they have separate boot records


    I will not be using my HDD after the install though.


    Depending on how you do this, the boot partition may end up on the HDD anyway. Whether you want to use it or not.

    Create a bootable USB, disconnect all other drives, and install on the SSD.


    The way you are trying:
    Run it in a VM, with both drives connected....will almost certainly not give you the results you desire.
  7. mcnumpty23 said:
    Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    ideally you want to put it on a bootable usb

    and disconnect the hdd when you install to the ssd

    that way they have separate boot records


    I will not be using my HDD after the install though.


    then you still want to do it this way

    or when you remove the hard drive the ssd boot record will be looking for the hard drive that isnt there




    Alright, thank you.
  8. USAFRet said:
    Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    ideally you want to put it on a bootable usb

    and disconnect the hdd when you install to the ssd

    that way they have separate boot records


    I will not be using my HDD after the install though.


    Depending on how you do this, the boot partition may end up on the HDD anyway. Whether you want to use it or not.

    Create a bootable USB, disconnect all other drives, and install on the SSD.


    The way you are trying:
    Run it in a VM, with both drives connected....will almost certainly not give you the results you desire.


    Alright, I'll do it via a bootable USB then, how big should it be?
  9. Asulia said:


    Alright, I'll do it via a bootable USB then, how big should it be?


    4GB or larger. And make sure there is nothing on that USB stick you want to keep.
  10. USAFRet said:
    Asulia said:


    Alright, I'll do it via a bootable USB then, how big should it be?


    4GB or larger. And make sure there is nothing on that USB stick you want to keep.


    Yeah, alright. If I recall correctly I have to make it NTFS aswell right?
  11. Can anyone tell me the difference between these two downloads?

    http://puu.sh/hPpHD/c7a24f9204.png
  12. N versions dont have windows media player installed--because of a european union directive i think
  13. mcnumpty23 said:
    N versions dont have windows media player installed--because of a european union directive i think


    Alright, thanks.
  14. Rufus is not detecting any of my drives, ALT+F does not do anything either.

    http://puu.sh/hPtCT/bd2cb87243.png
  15. do they show in my pc?

    i use yumi for bootable drives

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/
  16. PowerISO does not seem to work either.

    http://puu.sh/hPuig/cdb2629aec.png
  17. mcnumpty23 said:
    do they show in my pc?

    i use yumi for bootable drives

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/


    Yeah, they show.

    I'll try Yumi.
  18. Asulia said:
    PowerISO does not seem to work either.

    http://puu.sh/hPuig/cdb2629aec.png


    does your usb flash drive have a write protect switch on it?
  19. mcnumpty23 said:
    Asulia said:
    PowerISO does not seem to work either.

    http://puu.sh/hPuig/cdb2629aec.png


    does your usb flash drive have a write protect switch on it?



    http://puu.sh/hPuso/6f1b54357b.png

    Is this right?
  20. mcnumpty23 said:
    Asulia said:
    PowerISO does not seem to work either.

    http://puu.sh/hPuig/cdb2629aec.png


    does your usb flash drive have a write protect switch on it?



    Not sure honestly.

    http://www.sandisk.nl/products/usb/drives/extreme/
  21. mcnumpty23 said:
    do they show in my pc?

    i use yumi for bootable drives

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/


    I think it worked but it did not format my USB, is that a problem?

    http://puu.sh/hPvf8/0497573013.png
  22. looks ok

    i usually use yumi to format--but if it works then its fine

    if it doesnt do it again but let yumi format it
  23. mcnumpty23 said:
    looks ok

    i usually use yumi to format--but if it works then its fine

    if it doesnt do it again but let yumi format it


    I ticked the box to let Yumi format it but apparently the files are still there.
  24. Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    looks ok

    i usually use yumi to format--but if it works then its fine

    if it doesnt do it again but let yumi format it


    I ticked the box to let Yumi format it but apparently the files are still there.


    it will look the same--as after formatting it its putting the same files back

    try booting from it
  25. mcnumpty23 said:
    Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    looks ok

    i usually use yumi to format--but if it works then its fine

    if it doesnt do it again but let yumi format it


    I ticked the box to let Yumi format it but apparently the files are still there.


    it will look the same--as after formatting it its putting the same files back

    try booting from it



    Alright, gimme a couple minutes. Gotta disconnect my drives first.
  26. Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    looks ok

    i usually use yumi to format--but if it works then its fine

    if it doesnt do it again but let yumi format it


    I ticked the box to let Yumi format it but apparently the files are still there.


    it will look the same--as after formatting it its putting the same files back

    try booting from it



    Alright, gimme a couple minutes. Gotta disconnect my drives first.


    ok--go for it
  27. mcnumpty23 said:
    Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    looks ok

    i usually use yumi to format--but if it works then its fine

    if it doesnt do it again but let yumi format it


    I ticked the box to let Yumi format it but apparently the files are still there.


    it will look the same--as after formatting it its putting the same files back

    try booting from it



    Alright, gimme a couple minutes. Gotta disconnect my drives first.


    ok--go for it



    Alright, it worked.

    Thanks man.

    Another question if you may know this:
    How do I keep my Firefox tabs and stuff from my other drive?
  28. mcnumpty23 said:


    Thing is I Ctrl+X my Firefox folder on my 500GB HDD (Old boot drive) Ctrl+V it to my 3TB Data HDD and then Ctrl X > Ctrl+V to my SSD. Thought I'd be the same. I got a fresh install.

    Any suggestions?
  29. i prefer ctrl+c as it leaves the original till you are sure its ok

    but you could assuming you can still boot the old drive just use mozbackup--works great for me whaen backing up thunderbird even with 4 different accounts in it

    http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com
  30. mcnumpty23 said:
    i prefer ctrl+c as it leaves the original till you are sure its ok

    but you could assuming you can still boot the old drive just use mozbackup--works great for me whaen backing up thunderbird even with 4 different accounts in it

    http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com


    My mozilla folder on my old drive is gone.
  31. Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    i prefer ctrl+c as it leaves the original till you are sure its ok

    but you could assuming you can still boot the old drive just use mozbackup--works great for me whaen backing up thunderbird even with 4 different accounts in it

    http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com


    My mozilla folder on my old drive is gone.


    This is why you do prep work before swapping things around like this.
  32. USAFRet said:
    Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    i prefer ctrl+c as it leaves the original till you are sure its ok

    but you could assuming you can still boot the old drive just use mozbackup--works great for me whaen backing up thunderbird even with 4 different accounts in it

    http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com


    My mozilla folder on my old drive is gone.


    This is why you do prep work before swapping things around like this.


    This was the only thing I wanted to keep from my old drive though.

    Figured if I copy the whole thing I took my data with me, guess not.
  33. Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    i prefer ctrl+c as it leaves the original till you are sure its ok

    but you could assuming you can still boot the old drive just use mozbackup--works great for me whaen backing up thunderbird even with 4 different accounts in it

    http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com


    My mozilla folder on my old drive is gone.


    thats why i use ctrl+c not ctrl+x

    can you use ctrl + z to put it back?
  34. plus if you cut and pasted it somewhere else then just copy it back ?(not cut)

    then run mozbackup
  35. mcnumpty23 said:
    plus if you cut and pasted it somewhere else then just copy it back ?(not cut)

    then run mozbackup


    Alright, will do that.
  36. mcnumpty23 said:
    plus if you cut and pasted it somewhere else then just copy it back ?(not cut)

    then run mozbackup


    It worked, thank you so much man.
  37. Asulia said:
    mcnumpty23 said:
    plus if you cut and pasted it somewhere else then just copy it back ?(not cut)

    then run mozbackup


    It worked, thank you so much man.


    got there in the end :)
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