Diskette to enable ext usb CD booting

June 1, 2010 at 13:12:48
Specs: Windows XP, 2.0 GHz, 512MB
My laptop's CD drive is missing and I can't afford a replacement. The BIOS does not support usb booting.

To install XP, I first load the 6 Microsoft SP2 diskettes which then allow me to install XP from the XP Setup CD in my external usb CD drive.

I would like to be able to restore my C drive partition from an image created using Macrium Reflect. To do this I need to be able to boot BartPE from a CD drive.

How can I make a diskette allowing me to to boot into BartPE, or other utilities, from my external usb CD drive?

Thank you.

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June 1, 2010 at 13:43:01
You need some bootable media. Sounds like all you have left is floppy. You could boot to a gpxe disk and gpxe boot a barts.
Might use barts network floppy to access an shared cd on an lan computer.

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June 1, 2010 at 23:09:40
This was discussed here previously and I think someone posted a download link but I couldn't find the old thread.

Anyway, a google search of "boot from usb" "bios doesn't support" turned up several suggestions, most of which weren't practical for a newbie. And most required an initial boot from a cd instead of a floppy. But I found this:


which was the best of those I checked. You may want to look at the other google results. Or someone familiar with the old thread may post back that solution.

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June 2, 2010 at 02:50:49
Thanks for the quick replies. The information you suggested here

seems like it would work. I downloaded the applications but don't have time to experiment with it yet. I will post my results here. Thanks again for your time and efforts to help me.

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June 2, 2010 at 07:59:48
... hi "zappelectric19" + reg's (...lol)

... I tried this: First the usb device has to be bootable

... there are many ways to do this eg. see Response 7+11 click here

... then I copied these files "DAVEINCAPS" link (inside "plpbtinnoemul.iso") to harddrive C: (guess you can just copy 'em to bootup floppy(?))

boot.catalog . .... (freeware>). . http://www.isodisk.com/

... then after booting up with win98 floppy I navigated to C: and typed:

plpinstc [press enter]

... remove floppy [Press] <Ctrl> <Alt> <Delete> keys to reboot

... insert usb device, your drive should now be usb bootable, select usb from the new boot menu.

... you're done! ... handy tool keeping this!

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