Create bootable USB drives of Windows installation CD’s in Linux

Nearly all netbooks and many laptops don’t come with an optical storage drive (DVD/CD). To re-install an OS, one would need to boot it from a USB drive. In this post, I outline how I could create a bootable usb drive for a Windows 7 disc. The information was taken from a reply on this post. I assume the usb drive is /dev/sdb on the Linux machine. ms-sys is required.

 <pre class="src src-sh"><span style="color: #ff4500;">## </span><span style="color: #ff4500;">Run under root</span>

cfdisk /dev/sdb mkfs.ntfs -f /dev/sdb1 mount -o loop win7.iso /mnt/iso mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/usb cp -r /mnt/iso/* /mnt/usb/ ms-sys -7 /dev/sdb

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