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Default Use a SD card to install windows 7? - 01-13-2009, 02:57 AM

I'm using two mini 9s, both running xp now, and I'd like to try one with win7. Somebody told me the simplest way to install win7 from xp is to use winrar to unzip the win7 iso, copy all the files to a SD card(4G+), insert the SD card to the built-in card reader, run the setup.exe from SD card, format the whole SSD, install, done.
is it true? that easy? or I still need to make a bootable usb drive?
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Default Re: Use a SD card to install windows 7? - 01-14-2009, 12:26 AM

I am curious to find out the same thing. I may try it here tonight and let you know.
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Default Re: Use a SD card to install windows 7? - 01-14-2009, 02:12 AM

You cannot boot from the SD slot on the laptop. Not likely that this is possible. Another issue I have ran into is trying to boot from a MicroSD/SDHC card in a MicroSD>USB adapter. Best bet it to buy a Cruzer 4GB memory stick. They are less than $20 from BestBuy. Probably cheaper online. I just bought a 2GB for $10. I wish I had know you could boot from a 4GB before I bought the item though.
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Default Re: Use a SD card to install windows 7? - 01-14-2009, 01:16 PM

I tried it, not possible, but not a problem, just did it with a flash drive. Will not boot from it.
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Default Re: Use a SD card to install windows 7? - 01-14-2009, 02:08 PM

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I tried it, not possible, but not a problem, just did it with a flash drive. Will not boot from it.
thanks for ur try. i don't have my mini right now so can't try it. seems we have to make a usb bootable thumb drive to install it. my friend tried it with no problem.
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Default Re: Use a SD card to install windows 7? - 01-15-2009, 05:19 PM

I tried to format my sdhc last night with win 7. I selected ntfs format and the comp froze, effectively bricking my sdhc. be forewarned.


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Default Re: Use a SD card to install windows 7? - 01-18-2009, 03:53 PM

you can use the SD card through a digital camera connected via usb :lol:

i used a memory stick once with my PSP


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Default Re: Use a SD card to install windows 7? - 01-19-2009, 03:04 AM

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you can use the SD card through a digital camera connected via usb :lol:

i used a memory stick once with my PSP
Lol. I did try at first with the built in reader, then I did try a external card reader, otherwise windows cmd will not show it as a disk drive. It alowed me to make it bootable from the external reader, but It still had some issues while trying to actually boot from it. It did more than it had the first time, I just gave up though, didn't want to deal with it anymore, so I just used my flash drive, but it looks like it may work in an external reader.
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