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Install Vista from USB "Hard Disk"


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i know most of us have seen, "How to Install Windows Vista from a high speed USB 2.0 Flash Drive"

where u use these commands

   1. diskpart
2. select disk 1
3. clean
4. create partition primary
5. select partition 1
6. active
7. format fs=[i][b]fat32[/b][/i]
8. assign
9. exit
10. xcopy d:\*.* /s/e/f e:\ (Copy Windows Vista's DVD ROM content to the Flash Drive E:)

being a sys admin I always carry my USB hard drive (Transcend Storejet 160gb). Its partitioned as single NTFS & not FAT32 as mentioned in the above code. I can't boot from the USB hard drive even though the bios supports it. I tried FixMBR on the USB hdd but it still din't work. All I get is "NTLdr missing".

Is there no way i can use my 2.5" USB hard drive to boot & install Vista from it, just like i'd do from a FlashDrive ??

any pointers pls, im desperate at achieving this.

Thx

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I use a 40GB USB drive with a 10GB FAT32 partiton and a 30GB NTFS partiton.

I just copied the Vista DVD as is directly to the FAT32 partition and it boots and runs the Vista install. If you are looking for something simple like that, it works.

Edited by mmarable
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I use a 40GB USB drive with a 10GB FAT32 partiton and a 30GB NTFS partiton.

I just copied the Vista DVD as is directly to the FAT32 partition and it boots and runs the Vista install. If you are looking for something simple like that, it works.

how did you manage to do that???

wont it needs a boot loader to start the setup?

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I've just tried this out on my 60GB usb hard drive and confirmed that it works. Here are the steps I used.

Run diskpart (v6.0.6000):

select disk 1
clean
create partition primary size=10240
create partition primary
select volume 2 //10GB USB partition
format fs=fat32 label="VISTA_BOOT" quick
active
assign
select volume 3 //46GB USB partition
format fs=ntfs label="USB_DISK" quick
assign
exit

Copy Vista contents to USB drive:

xcopy d:\*.* /s /e /f e:\

Just make sure that you mark the VISTA_BOOT partition as active and you should be good to go.

*EDIT: I just tried it with NTFS format and it works also.

Edited by zorphnog
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  • 1 month later...

I'm getting a

Remove disks or other media.
Press any key to restart.

error when I do this.

My Vista is vLited. My HDD is in a external HDD enclosure and is 2GB and formatted to FAT32.

Wonder if vLite had anything to do with it.

Thinking that vLite may have modified my boot files, I tried replacing my vLited install.wim in the original ISO image of Vista (using UltraISO) and still got the same error.

I have to vLite because my external HDD is 2 Gb. I can't fit the darn whole Vista on it.

Any thoughts appreciated.

Edited by spacesurfer
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  • 5 months later...

Tried this yesterday without success :(

copied my files from my working ISO to the usb stick

Got it to boot once, but after the first pictures vista tells me some driver is missing :(

Tried different settings in bios and after a while I cant get it to boot from the usb at all, invalid partition, insert bootable media and so on..

Made all steps again several times...no success

Is there a problem that I have a 8gb stick ?

Any suggestions ?? I really want this to work...

Edited by kentk
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I'm getting a

Remove disks or other media.
Press any key to restart.

error when I do this.

My Vista is vLited. My HDD is in a external HDD enclosure and is 2GB and formatted to FAT32.

Wonder if vLite had anything to do with it.

Thinking that vLite may have modified my boot files, I tried replacing my vLited install.wim in the original ISO image of Vista (using UltraISO) and still got the same error.

I have to vLite because my external HDD is 2 Gb. I can't fit the darn whole Vista on it.

Any thoughts appreciated.

i have this same problem using a 250gb sata 2.5" in a usb enclosure. did you ever find a solution?!

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I've just tried this out on my 60GB usb hard drive and confirmed that it works. Here are the steps I used.

Run diskpart (v6.0.6000):

select disk 1
clean
create partition primary size=10240
create partition primary
select volume 2 //10GB USB partition
format fs=fat32 label="VISTA_BOOT" quick
active
assign
select volume 3 //46GB USB partition
format fs=ntfs label="USB_DISK" quick
assign
exit

Copy Vista contents to USB drive:

xcopy d:\*.* /s /e /f e:\

Just make sure that you mark the VISTA_BOOT partition as active and you should be good to go.

*EDIT: I just tried it with NTFS format and it works also.

Used this process with my 500GB Porsche Lacie drive and it worked great. I am installing to an Asus eee 1000H

Edited by $h@d0w
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