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X1/20A7 - How to create software complete external USB boot device with W7P ?

2015-03-20, 21:47 PM

Hey,

 

I've got this X1 on which I would like to install Linux, which

was the whole purpose of selecting the Lenovo brand

because apparently it is Linux friendly, but I would like to

have access to W7P so that the all the BIOS and firmware

can be updated, which probably means installing all the

Recovery Discs which probably only installs onto the

internal SSD.

 

I was planning to either transfer the existing install (clone)

or a fresh and full install from the install disks (requiring a

DVD drive) to an external SSD drive so that I could boot

from it once a month but I'm running into problems either

from the Windows side (doesn't like external drives but

not impossible with tweaks) or the Lenovo side.

 

I was considereing using an M2 to USB adaptor as a hard

ware spoof to get it to recognise the external SSD as an

internal drive and reinstall all the software from the system

disks but it seems like this is all becomiing a bit of an over

kill.

 

Is any of this possible or should I have purchased a HP or Dell?

 

TIA.

 

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Re: X1/20A7 - How to create software complete external USB boot device with W7P ?

2015-03-22, 16:57 PM

Update...

 

I think I'm able to create bootable flash drives using the DISKPART

command for each set of disks eliminating the need for a CD/DVD

drive, seems to work for W7P. Only the first flash drive needs to be

boot and then hopefully the installer will ask to remove and insert

flash drives as you would with DVDs.

 

Did look into putting all files onto one drive but their were too many

vague and conflicting files that referred to partition sizes. So keeping

the disk sets together on each drive seemed like the logical thing to do.

 

However, the destination of the install seems to be hard coded into

the installer files. A lot of references to the C: drive. If I don't have

any luck on this forum or with the hardware spoof idea I may try

replacing all references of C: with E:

 

 

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01-24-2015

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Re: X1/20A7 - How to create software complete external USB boot device with W7P ?

2015-03-23, 17:13 PM

you might get more responses asking your question in a Windows forum, because that seems to be what you're asking -- how to get Windows to boot from different media. 

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19 Posts

08-16-2014

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Re: X1/20A7 - How to create software complete external USB boot device with W7P ?

2015-03-24, 1:30 AM

It was originally in the X1 post but someone transferred in here!

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