|You might want to have a look into "safe mode with command prompt" (which is definitely an option on xp - which you bio says your running). It might give you some hints on what minimal really is.|
I think some files need to be patched to run as a "PE" style install from usb as the usb driver might be necessary. The drivers <= winxp reset the connection on initialisation and then fail to boot.
I tried HPUSBDisk.exe
and it fired up with everything greyed out.
There must be a usb flash drive connected for the tool to work(or even un-grey). If I remember correctly this tool with format your stick as 1.44mb if you give it boot files.
I used to use a tool that would just add a boot sector(or something to that effect) so I could run fat32 aware dos off the full flash drive size. Not sure how this would work on the huge sticks of today.
A good site to check out is http://www.nu2.nu/ Especially look at BartPE and the utils page.
Merry Christmas everyone.
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