How to Setup Windows from External Hard Drive without any software!

Earlier we wrote about how to setup windows from usb drive.  Today i am going to talk about how to setup windows from external hard drive. There are so many ways you can find in the internet, but i am going to tell you the easiest way and in order to do this you don’t even need any software!

Lets get started:

>>First of all you need to to ensure there is only a single partition exists in the hard drive. Put all the personal data in a single folder and you are good to go..

Step 1: Copy all the contents of windows installation disk to your hard drive. If you have a ISO file extract all the files in the hard drive you want to boot from using extracting software like 7zip or winrar.

Step 2: Go to start menu and type cmd. Open it as administrator

cmd admin

Type the following command and hit enter

bootsect /nt60 z:

Here Z: is the letter of your external hard drive.

boot hd

Alternatively, you could also use the the following command

Z:\boot\bootsect /nt60 Z:

And you’re done! YES, as simple as that! Make sure to replace the Z: with the letter of your external hard drive. Once this is done, the hard drive has been set as bootable, and if you try to boot your computer from it, the Windows installation will be launched. This works on windows 7 and windows 8 and i have personally tested it. So give it a try 🙂

Say thanx and Keep exploring nutboltu world:)

Motasim Billah Tasnim

Web Designer, Author & Co-Creator of | Currently doing MBA in North South University specialized in Marketing. He is passionate about experimenting with tech gadgets, hacking, biking, cycling, playing & traveling. Besides all his likings, he enjoys his friend's company and dreams about contributing to make a better world. Connect with him @

You may also like...