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 PostPost subject: Installing Vista from External DVD drive        Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:26 pm 
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So I want to try Vista on this laptop, but it doesn't have a DVD drive internally. An internal DVD burner is $60 plus shipping, so I don't want to get that unless I have to.

Is it possible to boot from an external drive and install Vista?

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It should be if you laptop supports booting from the USB ports. Alternatively you should be able to copy the contents of the Vista DVD to the hard drive via the network and start the installation from a running copy of Windows if you already have eg XP installed on there, or you can get the CD edition of Vista if you're willing to pay the shipping costs.

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I remember seeing something that says it can boot from USB devices, I think it means flash drives or something, but would it boot from a DVD drive?

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Boot from USB =

CD/DVD Drive
Flash Disk
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Harddisk

Anything that can use boot files can boot.
And an CD/DVD drive registers when booting as internal Drive during install.

If its a new type of computer (not to old)
It recogizes as:

USB Device #1: Freecom DVD Drive
And boots from it if its before the harddisk

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:30 pm 
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I've got another idea.

Can I install Vista by copying the DVD to my flashdrive?

If so, how would I make it bootable?

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Now I'm curious. Supposedly installing from a USB drive is much faster than installing from DVD. 16x (the standard maximum) is 21.something MB/s while the fastest flash drives are around 30MB/s. Plus, with a flash drive the seek times are practically zero.

I found this: http://www.everythingusb.com/vista_flas ... 12025.html


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I have installed Vista x64 from a USB HD without a problem.

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Bender wrote:
I've got another idea.

Can I install Vista by copying the DVD to my flashdrive?

If so, how would I make it bootable?


some systems automatically boot from USB. the HP's at school today tried to boot from my USB drive after I rebooted it


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maybe this will help: http://www.otgnet.com/Content/Default.a ... Title=3764

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Bender wrote:
I've got another idea.

Can I install Vista by copying the DVD to my flashdrive?

If so, how would I make it bootable?


some systems automatically boot from USB. the HP's at school today tried to boot from my USB drive after I rebooted it

But that would only happen if USB boot was enabled in the BIOS. And it will only boot if your USB drive had a boot sector.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:19 am 
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Bender, you can, I have installed OSes on my old Laptop that has a damaged DVD drive. it boots without a hitch.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:23 am 
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Everyone keeps saying that. It does depend on whether the computer supports booting from USB, all new ones do but some older ones don't. The older they are the higher the chance of it not working. Also, like was mentioned, it has to be enabled in the BIOS or you need to use a boot menu, if your computer has one.


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I have a 6 year old laptop that will boot from USB. If its younger than that, it almost certainly will. Check if your BIOS have Legacy USB Support. If it does it most likely will work from the BIOS thus allowing you to boot from a USB drive, flash or HD otherwise.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:30 pm 
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my friedn too had same probss


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