|I'd say 2 or 3 times a year probably. But always from a bootable DVD|
The site's instructions look exactly like what I'm looking for but I got stuck at Step 2. It says:
"Download and open the USB flash drive formatting software and follow the steps to reformat the USB drive to hold larger files. You can find several free formatting programs on the web, such as MKBT, UNetbootin and HP Drive Key Boot Utility (see Resources)."
So obviously I can't just right click on the USB and format with Windows in prep of the install. It later instructs using PE Builder to create the ISO image. So for format they suggest:
MKBT - but it says it only supports Windows 95/98/ME (FAT) \ Windows NT4/2000/XP (FAT and NTFS) - not Win 7 apparently
HP Drive Key Boot Utility - but it says "this component provides firmware flash and boot support to HP USB drive keys." - mine's an Acer
UNetbootin - which I installed because it says it supports Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 - However when you open it, it asks you to select the Distribution which lists Ubuntu, Linux, Debian, etc - for Windows it says "run the file, select an ISO file or a distribution to download, select a target drive (USB Drive or Hard Disk), then reboot once done." So it's asking me to create the ISO, not just format.
The eHow Tech instructions say " ...You must copy a smaller version of the CD's file to a properly formatted USB flash drive."
So if I'm reading that correctly the USB needs to formatted differently than just a normal Win format in NTFS or FAT 32
So is there another program you would recommend to do that format?