- USB Flash Drive (4GB+)
- Microsoft OS Disk (Vista / Windows 7)
- A computer running Vista / Windows 7
- Plug in your USB Flash Drive
- Open a command prompt as administrator (Right click on Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt and select “Run as administrator”
- Find the drive number of your USB Drive by typing the following into the Command Prompt window:
diskpartlist diskThe number of your USB drive will listed. You’ll need this for the next step. I’ll assume that the USB flash drive is disk 1.
- Format the drive by typing the next instructions into the same window. Replace the number “1” with the number of your disk below.
select disk 1cleancreate partition primaryselect partition 1activeformat fs=NTFSassignexitWhen that is done you’ll have a formatted USB flash drive ready to be made bootable.
- Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive.
- Change directory to the DVD’s boot directory where bootsect lives:
- Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I’m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
- bootsect /nt60 g:
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