How can I copy my Windows 7 installation DVD
to a USB thumb drive?
Netbooks and some notebooks do not include DVD drives. For that reason, the owner may wish to copy the Windows 7 installation DVD to a thumb drive. The drive must be at least 8 GB. Dennis Chung at Microsoft provides the following directions:
- First, you’ll need the DiskPart utility on the system you will use to prep the thumb drive.
- This is a free disk partitioning utility that is likely already installed on your Windows system.
- If not, you can download DiskPart here.
- Launch the DiskPart utility by typing diskpart at the Start Menu.
- Then run the list disk command to check the status of your drive.
- Now run select disk 1 where the "1" is actually the corresponding number of your USB drive
- Run clean.
- Once the thumb drive is clean, you can run create partition primary.
- Now make the partition active by entering active
- Then you need to set up the file system as Fat32 by running format fs=fat32 quick (quick, of course, specifies that you want to perform a quick format to speed up the process).
- Entering the assign command gives the USB drive a drive letter, making it easy to access from Windows Explorer
Then you can copy everything from the Windows 7 installation DVD onto the USB key (a simple drag and drop will do).
Now you can insert the thumb drive into the system you want to install Windows 7 onto and boot the system. The installation will now proceed as usual—but faster.