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12 November 2014 @ 07:49 pm
USB stick boot device  
I'm trying to create USD boot device (from my USD thumb drive) in case if my primary SSD goes dark.
Here's the instruction how to create it:

I did.
Then booted from my thumb drive.
It asked to install Windows.
But installer is unwilling to install Windows 7 on USB stick.
The only installation options are other disks on my computer.

Is it supposed to be that way?
fatofffatoff on November 13th, 2014 02:38 am (UTC)
IMHO, the problem is with partitions that available for the system. Certain OS installers able to handle partitions before you start actual installation. This video shows pretty much the process you want to start and I believe the boot media (USB or Network or DVD) is not principal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsveMWRdNxo

Also it makes sense to have a look onto Acronis products and/or certain Linux-world utilities helping with installation of whatever OS (recently used one but cannot recall).

Ah, yes, UEFI... that caused me a bit more gray hair. I turned it off in my BIOS for installing UEFI-unaware OS. You can do the same, I guess. Google "UEFI CSM" for your PC.

Edited at 2014-11-13 02:41 am (UTC)
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on November 13th, 2014 04:06 am (UTC)
I went through the steps very similar to that youtube video.
But my USB stick (Silicon Power 16GB3_0) simply was not in the list of possible disks where I could install Windows.
Should it be in that list?

How do I know if UEFI - is relevant to me?
fatofffatoff on November 13th, 2014 05:08 am (UTC)
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on November 13th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
It looks like I have that damn UEFI.
My HP Pavilion desktop (circa 2012) lists my USB stick as "UEFI: UFD 3.0 Silicon-Power 16GPMAP" (after default "Windows Boot Manager").

These implications for UEFI are confusing.
Is it possible to make my USB drive bootable without spending whole day learning about these implications?

Should I try acronis trial?
fatofffatoff on November 13th, 2014 05:47 am (UTC)
Acronis is the most intelligent piece of software to fight complications.

I regret not using it on my Toshiba lately. My last experience with this utility was, like, 7 years ago and I hoped some Linux tool Unebootin will be as intelligent as Acronis but that all ended up with destroying things I wanted to keep yet I finally managed to get Ubuntu going.
(Anonymous) on November 13th, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
I used Linux for that.
Dennis Gorelikdennisgorelik on November 13th, 2014 04:17 am (UTC)
Do you mean: used linux to boot from USD stick?
Or used linux to install Windows 7 on USD stick?