Create Windows Home Server Flash Drive: Turn Your USB Flash Drive into a Windows Install Disk

If you want to create a Windows Home Server Flash Drive, you will need a 2GB stick because the DVD takes 1.2GB of space.  The Windows Home Server Restore Disk takes about 130MB so a 256MB stick or larger is preferred because of additional drivers and such.  Windows Vista takes about 2.4GB for the 32-bit […]

If you want to create a Windows Home Server Flash Drive, you will need a 2GB stick because the DVD takes 1.2GB of space.  The Windows Home Server Restore Disk takes about 130MB so a 256MB stick or larger is preferred because of additional drivers and such.  Windows Vista takes about 2.4GB for the 32-bit version and about 3.2GB for the 64-bit verions, so you are going to want to use a 4GB stick.

As a word of warning, older USB flash drives may not be bootable, and some older systems will not boot off of USB drives.  Both of these can be check in either your motherboard’s documentation, or by checking BIOS.

Insert your USB Flash Drive into any computer with Windows Vista. Make sure that it installs it correctly and everything comes up fine. Now, make sure anything important is off of the drive because we are going to be formatting it in just a bit.

  1. Load an elevated command prompt (Start menu-> all programs -> accessories -> right click on “Command Prompt” and click on “Run as Administrator”).
  2. Type in “diskpart” and hit Enter.
  3. Next type each the follow commands in respective order at the “DISKPART>” command prompts. Note - this assumes that disk 2 is the USB flash drive (as it was on my system). You will need to replace the “2” in “select disk 2” with the disk number of your USB flash drive.

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