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I have 16 gb SD card and want to use it for boot Windows 7 x64 Pro. RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm going to make system image from HDD and restore it to this SD card, but unfortunately there is not enough place (16 gb) for Windows 7 Pro. Can I reduce size of Windows 7 Pro? I deleted all programs from Control Panel - Programs - Turn Windows futures; I deleted software distribution folders and of course I cleaned tmp; Internet caches etc.  I compressed folders and file on this SD card.

    But I need still more room? What should I do? Maybe downgrade Windows 7 Pro to Windows Starter etc?  I need this system for working with java applet for Internet Bank, using Firewall, antivirus software. Only for these transactions. Such small system, It will run  only for this.


    • Edited by R_Buddy Monday, February 2, 2015 8:35 AM
    Monday, February 2, 2015 8:35 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Like all above suggestion, it's not recommended you install Windows 7 64 bit on SD card. Many computers BIOS cannot support booting from SD card. Also it cannot make the Windows system running smoothly.


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Proposed as answer by Karen Hu Monday, February 16, 2015 9:00 AM
    • Marked as answer by FangZhou Chen Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:10 AM
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7:15 AM
  • A 16 gb disk merely meets minimum requirements for 32 bit Windows 7. 64 bit would require 20GB at least

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/system-requirements

    I think the easiest solution would be to do a clean install of Windows 7 on the sd card. Consider you wont have much space left for anything else but the OS. Also consider that it might even be impossible to run Windows 7 from the sd card, especially if the sd reader is internally addressed through USB.

    I also think using an SD card as OS disk is not a great idea for performance and sd card wear.


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    • Proposed as answer by Karen Hu Monday, February 16, 2015 9:00 AM
    • Marked as answer by FangZhou Chen Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:10 AM
    Monday, February 2, 2015 8:51 AM
  • Running Windows 7 on SD card is not a good idea. Use mSATA (SSD) instead if motherboard allows for it. 32GB is a reasonable minimum of drive/HDD for operating system.

    Better situation is with current operating system, namely Windows 8.1 that is bringing Windows To Go

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/devices/windowstogo.aspx

    There is a list od supported devices.

    Rgds

    Milos

    • Proposed as answer by Karen Hu Monday, February 16, 2015 9:00 AM
    • Marked as answer by FangZhou Chen Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:10 AM
    Monday, February 2, 2015 9:20 AM

All replies

  • A 16 gb disk merely meets minimum requirements for 32 bit Windows 7. 64 bit would require 20GB at least

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/system-requirements

    I think the easiest solution would be to do a clean install of Windows 7 on the sd card. Consider you wont have much space left for anything else but the OS. Also consider that it might even be impossible to run Windows 7 from the sd card, especially if the sd reader is internally addressed through USB.

    I also think using an SD card as OS disk is not a great idea for performance and sd card wear.


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    • Proposed as answer by Karen Hu Monday, February 16, 2015 9:00 AM
    • Marked as answer by FangZhou Chen Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:10 AM
    Monday, February 2, 2015 8:51 AM
  • Running Windows 7 on SD card is not a good idea. Use mSATA (SSD) instead if motherboard allows for it. 32GB is a reasonable minimum of drive/HDD for operating system.

    Better situation is with current operating system, namely Windows 8.1 that is bringing Windows To Go

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/devices/windowstogo.aspx

    There is a list od supported devices.

    Rgds

    Milos

    • Proposed as answer by Karen Hu Monday, February 16, 2015 9:00 AM
    • Marked as answer by FangZhou Chen Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:10 AM
    Monday, February 2, 2015 9:20 AM
  • At first, I don't have new license for Win 8.1 and I don't have SATA empty plug, because I use my laptop.
    Monday, February 2, 2015 9:36 AM
  • I have external USB HDD, but I don't want to use it only for Internet Bank operations. I need mini OS only for this one function.

    I made in in Linux OS. Well, it works very good, but I'd like to make in Windows too, to compare security problems, relating vulnerabilities in both OS.

    • Edited by R_Buddy Monday, February 2, 2015 9:39 AM
    Monday, February 2, 2015 9:37 AM
  • Hi,

    Like all above suggestion, it's not recommended you install Windows 7 64 bit on SD card. Many computers BIOS cannot support booting from SD card. Also it cannot make the Windows system running smoothly.


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Proposed as answer by Karen Hu Monday, February 16, 2015 9:00 AM
    • Marked as answer by FangZhou Chen Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:10 AM
    Tuesday, February 3, 2015 7:15 AM
  • yes, you're completely right, my laptop can't do it too. I'll set OS on external hdd.
    Monday, February 16, 2015 9:36 AM
  • yes, you're completely right, my laptop can't do it too. I'll set OS on external hdd.

    You can't install Windows 7 on an external drive...

    Carey Frisch

    Monday, February 16, 2015 7:18 PM
  • That's very strange opinion, but I have installed; win xp; win 7 and win 8 on external HDD. Or my God, I forgot that HDD connect with eSata :)
    Monday, February 16, 2015 7:23 PM
  • R_Buddy,

    It really makes no sense to install Windows Operating System on External hard drive unless you plan to always have the external drive boot as Windows To Go.


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:08 AM
  • Do I have Windows To Go on Windows 7 Pro or I should take another license for it? I have only Windows 7 Pro license on my laptop?
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:21 AM
  • You will need a Windows 8.1 Enterprise license

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/devices/windowstogo.aspx


    MCP/MCSA/MCTS/MCITP

    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:26 AM
  • That's a problem, I don't have  it. I need it for my personal needs.
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:30 AM
  • R_Buddy,

    No method unless to buy another license.


    Karen Hu
    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, February 19, 2015 12:49 PM