Solved How to get Windows 7 iso on media

January 22, 2013 at 13:44:44
Specs: Windows 7, 2.6 Dual Core / 3 GB ram
Hey everyone.

My hard drive failed so I'm trying to get the Windows 7 iso from laptop to media or my other internal drive which is empty. My HD which holds windows wont stay running long enough to download it from there. The largest media I have is a 1.4gb DVD-rw. The iso is larger than that. I have a 2nd internal hard drive with nothing on it too.

Im just trying to figure out how to get windows installed on my other hard drive, from my laptop or other media. I can access the iso online, since I bought W7 online.

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January 22, 2013 at 14:00:05
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So, you never bothered to burn it to DVD?

Single layer DVD media are rated at 4.7GB with an actual capacity of 4.4GB+-.

You could use a live version of Linux which you would burn to optical disk or install to a flash drive. You then boot to Linux device. This will give you access to the hard drive. You could then copy the ISO to the second hard drive.

Do you have the installation key? Without it you aren't going to get far.

If you do succeed in sorting this issue out, I suggest you burn the ISO to DVDR and write the key on the disk.

Linux puppy can be downloaded as a file to install directly to a flash drive. See the link below.

You will need to set your boot order to boot from a USB flash drive, assuming that is an option in the BIOS (setup).

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January 22, 2013 at 15:50:42
I can access the other hard drive for roughly 20 minutes. I can probably get one large file copied to the 2nd hard drive before Windows crashes. Under those circumstances, what would you suggest?

I also just found a 16gb flash drive :)

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January 22, 2013 at 18:20:21
You should be able to copy the ISO in far less time than that.

Have you run a hard drive fitness test on your primary hard drive. If you are sure you have a defective hard drive then you could try copying any personal files over to the second hard drive and then replacing the primary drive.

One thing that is bothering me is why do you think you have only a 1.4GB optical drive?

You should probably verify the computer is not overheating. Boot into the BIOS (setup) and check the temperatures there. Just stay in there for at least as long as you can keep the laptop running.

Usually a bad hard drive will prevent you from booting and running your installed OS.

Intermittent issues like you described could be attributed to overheating or bad RAM. You can also test the RAM using memtest86+ from the boot. Get it from the link below. Install to a flash drive and boot to it. No errors are acceptable. Dirty RAM contacts can cause errors. Snapping the RAM in and out 4 or 5 times each may burnish the contacts.

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January 22, 2013 at 19:26:23
I'm running the tests as I type this. No, the only DVD disc I have is a 1.4 gb disc, but I should have specified it was a mini-DVD for my camcorder.

Running temps now, will do ram in a few minutes.

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January 22, 2013 at 19:54:21
Is the ISO you're asking about a pirated copy of Windows? You're not going to squeeze it onto a mini-DVD no matter how hard you try.

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January 22, 2013 at 19:58:55
Nope. It's legit from MS Store. And yeah, the ISO is roughly 4 gigs. I'm only saying that is the only media I had up until I got a hold of this flash drive. I'm going to put the ISO on there if none of the above turn up anything. Running Memtest. My system temp stayed at Roughly 32 degrees celsius for quite some time.

Ram test came back perfect.

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January 22, 2013 at 22:01:43
The software to extract the Windows 7 ISO failed when I tried to put it on the flash drive... so, I got a Linux Puppy ISO, and that is installed. So I'm going to see what I can do with that. I've never used Linux, lol.

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January 23, 2013 at 04:10:08
You didn't need to install Puppy to the computer. You can run it entirely off the disk/flash drive. That is why it is call a live version.

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January 23, 2013 at 15:58:48
Ok, so major update here. I have an XP key also that I tried, but the ISO does not work on a DVD apparently, as that is all I have.

So, I decided to boot Windows 7 in Safe Mode with Networking, since the length Windows stays running without crashing, seems to be based on load.

Got the the .exe setup downloaded and installed entirely to my other drive without a crash.

Not sure what's causing the problem, but when I posted the boot error in a different post someone said it was likely my hard drive. Running W7 on my other drive with no problems.

Booting into Safe Mode with Networking kept me running long enough to install to the other drive.

Thank you everyone for your help. I'm back and running at least!

@Othehill - I ran Linux Puppy from that Mini DVD I mentioned earlier.

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January 23, 2013 at 16:19:24
You need to use the proper method of placing the ISO on the DVD or Flash drive.

I am confused. You say you don't have a key for Windows 7? You can extract it from a working version of Windows 7.

Try running Magical jellybean. Get it from the link below.

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January 23, 2013 at 16:59:59
I had keys for both Windows 7 and XP, because the machine I bought came with XP (sticker on my tower), and I bought W7 at a later time from (which stores your key in your account).. I used the program Microsoft developed to use the W7 ISO on a Flash drive, but the program kept failing, so I tried burning the XP iso to the dvd rom, which did nothing upon reboot and changing boot to CD-ROM (CD-ROM is probably why it doesn't recognize the DVD, even though it's a DVD-RW drive, and says so in the boot description)

I decided to boot in Safe Mode w/ Networking to keep as much load off the failing hard drive as possible, which allowed me to download the entire .exe version (3 files) from the MS Store without crashing (I used to crash within 20 minutes), and also install from that drive to my other hard drive - all without failing.

It does appear to be the hard drive, but it was still workable enough to get all that done under minimal load.

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January 25, 2013 at 09:48:48
Run a fitness test on the drive. Most hard drives are warranted for at least 3 years. If you don't know the brand you could try running the Hitachi test. You run from a boot device. You will need to run a test in order to RMA the drive.

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January 25, 2013 at 12:28:42
Thanks. I'll see if I still have the the receipt and stuff. I didn't know that.

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January 25, 2013 at 13:35:30
You may not need a receipt if the date on the drive is newer than the warranty period.

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