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can you install vista from an external hard drive?
Posted 28 May 2009 - 02:33 AM
Long story short = computer owned by virus, needs fresh clean install. I don't have vista disks but have an image of the vista installation saved on an external hard drive. I also burned the image to DVD but my DVD player/reader is highly unreliable and often fails to read disks. My only option is the external HD.
Can you install vista from an external hard drive? If so how? I have backed up all my files on the HD. The virus made my system unstable so its unable to shutdown or install/uninstall most applications. I have a Dell recovery partition but it fails to trigger (Ctrl+F11 doesn't work). So this is my only option I think.. anyone help?
Computer specs :
C2D T7500 Processor 2.2GHz,
Windows Vista® Business
17.0" Widescreen WUXGA TFT Display
2.0 megapixel webcam
2048MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
160GB (5400RPM) SATA Hard Drive
256MB nVidia® GeForce® 8600M GT
8X DVD+/-RW Drive
Primary 9-cell Battery
Posted 28 May 2009 - 03:54 AM
Posted 28 May 2009 - 04:01 AM
How new is that computer? Given the optical drive is knackered and so is the OS it might be time to milk that warranty for what it's worth. It is a Dell afterall.
Posted 28 May 2009 - 04:11 AM
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Posted 28 May 2009 - 04:27 AM
I found the Factory.wim file on the recovery partition and want to upgrade/replace the WIM file with a new (32 bit OS /w applications) image.
I have extracted the image ("imageX.exe /extract d:dell\image\Factory.wim 1 e:\Factory.wim") and I am currently trying to mount the image using "imageX.exe /mount e:\Factory.wim 1 e:\image" but to no avail.
All I get is:
ImageX Tool for Windows
Copyright © Microsoft Corp. 1981-2005. All rights reserved.
Mounting: [E:\image\newfile.wim, 1] ->
Error mounting image:
The system cannot find the file specified.
I am running the cmd as Administrator.
SOLVED mounting problem.:
I forgot to install the "wimfltr.inf" found in the same folder as the imageX.exe file.
Now I can see the image.
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