If you don’t have a DVD drive in your computer you might have a hard time converting that .ISO into a usable method to install Windows 7. Fortunately, I have a method that works using a USB-connected Hard Drive.
Step 1 – Collect the iso images.
Step 2 – Install Virtual Drive that can read .iso images. I use VirtualCloneDrive from Elaborate Bytes. Freeware that works well. I’ve also used Daemon Tools in the past.
Step 3 – Partition and format your hard drive. Partition an 8GB section of the hard drive you’re planning to use and format it with the FAT32 file system.
Step 4 – Mount the ISO and copy the files to the newly created partition using XCOPY
xcopy [SOURCE]:* [DESTINATION]:* /e
Step 5 – Mark the partition as active. Right click on your Computer and select “Manage”. Go to Disk Management, right click on your new partition, select “Mark Partition as Active”.
Step 6 – Reboot and select your USB Hard Drive as your boot device. All BIOSes are different so the process is not documented here.
You will need to follow up with my next post to complete the whole process and be able to disconnect your hard drive.