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Cloning Windows 7 Installation onto a Bootable Flash Drive - 05-30-2010, 06:11 AM
I plan to install OSX on my Mini 9, but I have a 16gb SSD so I will have to wipe Windows 7. However, there are many apps for windows that I often need. I was wondering it is possible copy ALL the files on my C:\\ drive, and copy them to a 16gb flash drive, and somehow make it bootable, so i would make a portable, bootable version of my Windows 7 install. I know that is is possible to make a portable, bootable, clean install of windows 7 that boots off a flash drive, but since my install has a lot of programs and is highly customized, I don't want to have to do a clean install and reinstall all my programs onto the flash drive, and copy back all my data.
I posted a thread that is about a similar topic in the OSX thread, but for the part about the bootable clone, I think the windows 7 forum would be a better place.
UPDATE: This is driving me crazy: I am 100% sure that I saw a guide a while ago on Lifehacker for creating a portable version of Windows 7, yet I can't find it. All the guides for creating portable windows 7 tell you to use VirtualBox Portable, but then I don't think it would be bootable. Then is it possible in ANY way to make a bootable clone of my current windows 7 installation?
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06-13-2010, 04:56 PM
AFAIK, there is no way to boot 7 off a flash drive.
I was running Windows Ultimate last on a 16GB SSD.
The tool I used was vllite. It is for Vista but worked perfectly for 7.
vLite - Windows Vista configuration tool. I used a different PC, mounted the disk as a virtual drive using the free one from Slysoft. SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive and copied the files.
Go here and read my post, #56 for the .ini file I used in vlite.
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Edit: You can make a bootable version of your back-up using ghost. http://ghost.radified.com/bootable_cd_dvd.htm You can also use Acronis True Image. There may be free versions out there as well.
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