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    Win7 Install from flash drive?

    I have a new (to me) Panasonic Toughbook. The Bios have the option to boot from USB. I copied my Win7 Ultimate DVD to a flash drive. Replaced the Toughbook HD with new 256GB SSD.
    QUESTION: Is it possible to get my bios to find the Setup file for Windows on the flash drive? I've made a few efforts but results have been ZILCH!
    The Toughbook has no DVD drive.
    I might have to go buy an external drive.
    Any advice?
    Thanks in advance.
    Emmitt

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    Somebody told me that simply copying Windows install DVD will only get some but not all folders and files. If that's true, somehow you might have to "clone" the DVD onto the USB, if that is possible.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/
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    Clone or Image often! Backup, backup, backup, backup... -- RockE (Windows Secrets Lounge)

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    You will need to make the USB bootable first - http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/usb-ins...xtra-software/

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    Unfortunately you can't just copy the contents of your DVD to a flash drive. You also need to make it bootable. Have a look at this excellent tutorial about How to Create a Bootable Windows 7 Installation USB Flash Drive which shows several ways to achieve what you need.

    Hope this helps...

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    Thank you all for the suggestions and links. Either option will work, I believe, but I will test one or both solutions a bit later. While I was in Las Vegas earlier today I stopped in at Fry's Electronics and purchased an external DVD drive for $28. That will be the fastest way to get Windows installed.
    And Rick & Sudo ... Yes, it helps.

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    That's another way

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