Just upgraded all my hardware and windows needs reinstalling to reconfigure.
Trouble is my existing dvd drives are IDE and my new motherboard has no IDE port.
I have a copy of windows 7 on an external hard drive in the form of an iso and various files.
Is it possible to plug it into a USB port and use the external to install 7 onto the internal? I'd rather not have to buy a Sata DVD drive.
Would I need to wipe everything but windows 7 on the external?
Do you have or can borrow a 4 GB thumb drive? If so, download this handy free MS app (Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool):http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool#ms_help_topics_at3
Install it and run it per the instructions. It will allow you to make a bootable USB thumb drive Windows 7 installation from your existing Win 7 ISO.
Boot from the Thumb drive and install.