How to install windows 7 on Dell inspiron Mini 1018 using USB disk

After some research I managed to install Windows 7 on my DELL inspiron Mini 1018 netbook instead of the Ubunto OS , none of the available method on the net help to install windows 7 via the USB flash disk , cause windows DISKPART doesn't support the USB flash disk even the Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool get an error for some reasons , so the only available solution for now is using an external hard drive connected to your netbook using an USB - SATA adapter , the montioned methode must work with any netbook , notebook .

What you need :
- Hard drive disk.
- USB to HDD adapter : ( available for 10 to 15$)
- Windows 7
Or use a portable USB HDD, me I've tried this last one but it doesn't work with me, you can give it a try.

Lest's get started:

1. Connect your HDD with the USB-SATA adapter and Plug-in your USB HDD drive to the USB port ( all content on the disk will be erased .)
2. Open Command Prompt with admin rights. Use any of the below methods to open Command Prompt with admin rights , with run - CMD.
3.type DISKPART and hit enter, now you are on diskpart mode.

Next type LIST DISK command and note down the Disk number (ex: Disk 1) of your HDD you want to use it.
4. Next type all the below commands one by one. Here I assume that your disk drive no is “Disk 2”.
Type the commands bellow one by one:

If the two precedent command (format and assign)doesnt work just go to my computer -> right click -> Computer Management and select disk manager then select your disk and format it using NTFS file system see picture below , if not just skip this one.

5. Next insert your Windows7/Vista DVD into the optical drive and check the drive letter of the DVD drive , or if you have an ISO mount it .

6. now Type  the following command :
D: CD BOOT hit enter.Where “D” is your DVD drive letter.
CD BOOT and hit enter .
7. Type another command given below to update the HDD drive with BOOTMGR compatible code.

8. Finally Copy your Windows 7/Vista DVD contents to the HDD drive.

That's it , if you have any problem feel free to comment.
How to install windows 7 on Dell inspiron Mini 1018 using USB disk How to install windows 7 on Dell inspiron Mini 1018 using USB disk Reviewed by Mhr on 22:02 Rating: 5


  1. Okay, so what if you only have a .EXE file instead of a ISO?
    Is there a possibility that you could load the operating system on the Hard Drive using the .EXE file?

  2. Anonymous01:40

    what you mean with .exe ? there is no image file with .exe extension !

  3. Anonymous17:24

    Thanks man ! great blog ,

  4. Anonymous14:48

    why not use a portable HDD and skip the fuss of USB-SATA adapter??


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