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    Hi Folks,
    I've loaded windows 7 onto a 4 GB USB stick, using Woody Leonhard 's " Install Windows 7 many times from one USB drive'.
    But, I get "can't install to disk 0 " insufficient space ".
    Disk 0 is 3.8 GB , I'm guessing that there is enough space for the starter version of windows 7.
    I'm guessing some file needs to be modified .
    Anyone have an idea?

    Peter

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    I'm not sure if a 4 GB flash drive would have enough space for anything but the starter edition. You may want to try a larger flash drive. At the prices flash area available, try getting a larger flash drive. I would personally go as large as I can find. Can you add a link to the article by Woody. I remember reading it but can not find it to review.

    I have found many articles about doing this, see this article as an example.

    All the postings state that 4 GB is the minimum size. That's like MS stating these are the minimum requirements on a HDD. Minimum is just that
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    Hi Peter and welcome

    Win 7 ultimate 64 bit from microsoft is about 3.3 gigs, the 32 bit is 2.5 gigs. Do you have a non MS image? if so all yoou need to do is extract the image, and remove something useless like some help files. Then compress back to an ISO using something like image burn



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    Woody's article was in :

    Windows Secrets Newsletter Issue 226 2010-01-07

    If all I need is 2.5 GB for the starter version of Windows 7 , I should be able to load it on to my solid state HD.
    So, there must be a file that makes sure one has room for the biggest version of windows 7.
    Woody must know about this , is there any way of getting him to look at the problem?

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    Hi Ted,

    Yes, I've used that procedure to load the beta version of Windows 7,
    but Woody has outlined a simpler procedure , if you have a copy of the 7 on a CD,
    which I have .
    Both the beta and the released versions fit on a 4 GB stick.

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    Hi Ken,

    The error message I'm getting says that 5.6 GB is required.
    That is the message from the Win 7 install software.
    I don't think that is correct, so I'm thinking there must be a file I can modify.
    Also, why would win 7 report such a large number, if all versions require a lot less?

    Peter

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    Thanks for the info. I just looked further at Woody's article. Perhaps when I get the opportunity I will try this. I did save the article to refer to later. When I try it I will repost if my results warrant this. Thanks.

    This is one of those things that, let's say you are away from home, and disaster strikes, if all else fails you can use the flash for an attempt at recovery as well, even when your Win 7 DVD and image are home. Very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petergmauro View Post
    The error message I'm getting says that 5.6 GB is required.
    That is the message from the Win 7 install software.
    I don't think that is correct, so I'm thinking there must be a file I can modify.
    Also, why would win 7 report such a large number, if all versions require a lot less?
    The install files that fit on the 4GB flash drive are highly compressed. Microsoft says you need 16GB free disk space to install Windows 7. Ted linked yo to Windows 7 System Requirements earlier. This is not SKU specific so it applies to all versions of Windows 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP View Post
    The install files that fit on the 4GB flash drive are highly compressed. Microsoft says you need 16GB free disk space to install Windows 7. Ted linked yo to Windows 7 System Requirements earlier. This is not SKU specific so it applies to all versions of Windows 7.

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    Hi Joe,

    Thanks, what does " SKU " stand for?
    I was under the impression that the " starter " version , would run on a netbook, with with a lot less memory required.


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    Quote Originally Posted by petergmauro View Post
    Thanks, what does " SKU " stand for?
    I was under the impression that the " starter " version , would run on a netbook, with with a lot less memory required.
    SKU = Stock Keeping Unit = version such as Start, Home Premium, Professional, etc.

    "Starter" will run on a lesser machine. That does not mean it will take less disk space. RAM is different than disk space.

    Microsoft (and most vendors) are notorious for giving the barest of minimums when stating system requirements. Usually you should exceed those minimums for an optimal experience. Hard disk space stated is for the operating system only not for an application programs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petergmauro View Post
    Hi Folks,
    I've loaded windows 7 onto a 4 GB USB stick, using Woody Leonhard 's " Install Windows 7 many times from one USB drive'.
    But, I get "can't install to disk 0 " insufficient space ".
    Disk 0 is 3.8 GB , I'm guessing that there is enough space for the starter version of windows 7.
    I'm guessing some file needs to be modified .
    Anyone have an idea?

    Peter

    You could try 'win to flash' that sets up a flash drive as a bootable drive and copies the contents from a windows install CD/DVD.
    I have done it with win7 home premium 32bit and 64bit each fit easily on a 4GB stick.
    Can get it from here


    http://downloads.cnet.co.uk/0,39100207,39544713s,00.htm

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petergmauro View Post
    Hi Folks,
    I've loaded windows 7 onto a 4 GB USB stick, using Woody Leonhard 's " Install Windows 7 many times from one USB drive'.
    But, I get "can't install to disk 0 " insufficient space ".
    Disk 0 is 3.8 GB , I'm guessing that there is enough space for the starter version of windows 7.
    I'm guessing some file needs to be modified .
    Anyone have an idea?
    You must be trying to install to a 4GB SSD? If so, you'll need to study something like the Windows 7 RTM (32 & 64 Bit) *UPDATED*, Feature Removal & Optimization Guide to shrink 7 small enough, you'd probably need to use extreme settings.

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    Clive ,
    Yes, I did that , and I have a bootable 4 GB USB stick.
    It works on a netbook with lots of Solid State Hard Drive, 16 GB, but , not on a smaller SSD 4 GB netbook.

    Andy,

    That's it , just what I was looking for.
    I haven't digested the whole article, but, that's what I'm tring to do .
    So, thanks,

    Peter

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