IT Systems Engineering

Make an external hard drive bootable

ok, so I found a lot of information on how to make a USB flash drive bootable. But none of them worked on making an external USB mechanical hard drive bootable. I finally found a procedure which actually worked! It is posted here by Kevin.

Note 1: On step #2 where he talks about running the bootsect command….there is something more which needs to be done. The CMD prompt on my win 7 machine had to be elevated (right click on the cmd and choose “run as admin”). After that this command made my external drive bootable:

bootsect /nt60 G:

Yahoo! (thanks Kevin!)

Note 2:

The tool from Microsoft does not work for external Mechanical HDDs. It only works on USB flash drives.

Note 3:

More useful links:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2432-usb-windows-7-installation-key-drive-create.html?ltr=U

http://www.istartedsomething.com/20081104/tip-make-your-pdc-2008-usb-hard-drive-a-bootable-windows-7-install-disk/

 

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