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Making a bootable Windows 7 install disk on an SD card?

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#1 Mullicious


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Posted 01 September 2010 - 06:31 AM

Hey there, I've got a Sony Vaio laptop, the DVD/RW drive doesn't work, and I don't have a USB stick, is it possible to take my ISO file, and create a bootable SD card (8GB) to do a clean custom install?

I really want it to just be a clean install, and not just by mounting the image and installing from there, any advice would be appreciated.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 07:41 AM

Even if it's possible to create a bootable SD card (I've never tried but I guess it would work the same as creating a bootable thumb drive), does your computer support the SD card slot as a boot option? I've never seen a computer that does but I guess some could exist.

Maybe you could buy/borrow an external DVD drive or purchase a 4G thumb drive (they can be found pretty cheaply nowadays).

Edited by strolln, 01 September 2010 - 07:44 AM.

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 08:03 AM

I have done it in the microSD card of my cellphone. But it gets connected to the computer through USB so BIOS shows the microSD card as a USB Hard Disk. I have installed Ubuntu Linux on it, used it for installing Windows 7 and used it as Windows Recovery Disk.

I think Sony Vaio laptops can boot from a SD card. Check BIOS settings or press F10 when system boots up and select a device to boot from.

This manual procedure can be used on USB disks (should be applicable to SD cards too) : http://www.trishtech.com/win7/install_wind...om_usb_disk.php
This is a tool from Microsoft to automate the process (but I dont know if it will detect SD card) : http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso-tool

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Posted 01 September 2010 - 08:32 AM

Thank you very much, I'll give it a bash and I'll tell you how I get on. :huh:


Worked a charm, many thanks. :huh:

Edited by Mullicious, 01 September 2010 - 12:44 PM.

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