Creating bootable WinPE USB using PQIDeploy

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
January 25, 2010 at 14:23:25
Specs: Windows XP, 2g
Our company uses an external usb hard drive to image our standerd PCs with. To create the bootable usb external hardrive, we use a pqi file created by parition magic( I beleive). using pqidelopy.exe.

The command we use is.
pqideploy /cmd=BuildUSB.txt /img=Source.pqi /NRB /mbr=2

Now, I've bought a 16g flash drive to test out and compare the speed diffrence.I tryed to use the exact command on the flash drive to make the drive bootable but diskpart dosent list usb flash drives. I tryed to do this in vista because I heard that vista diskpart could see usbflash drives but when I attempt to run the command under vista pqideploy errors and says there are no disks.

Is there anyway that any of you guys know how I can run this pqideploy command on my usb flash drive?

Thanks in Advance,


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January 25, 2010 at 15:59:54
... I can point you in this direction as Symantec (<click) now own PowerQuest's partition magic

... register and login and perhaps post back the answer for our database(?)


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January 25, 2010 at 17:47:05
Actually there are a few ways to work with flash drives in Windows. One is to cheat how it views the drive. It is a flip bit application. Doesn't always work.

Second is to use live linux cd. It almost always works.

Third is HP tools. They have never failed me yet to make a bootable flash drive.

Saying all that, I don't know about your .exe file. It may or may not work. Might have to copy track one from CD or use other tools to view and move to flash drive. See pendrivelinux for ideas. See also barts PE to usb.

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January 29, 2010 at 08:26:01
Ok guys, I found the solution. I beleive I might have asked the wrong question earlier and wasn't very specific on what I was trying to accomplish.

We currently use external Westerndigital hard drive to image our PCs at our company. My goal was to elimate having to haul around a hard drive in my pocket and replace it with a usb flash drive I could clip on my badge.

My problem I was running into was that XP dosent see the usb flash drive as a local disk(so diskpart would not see it) so the way we created our bootable external HDs wouldnt work.

The solution I found to work is. I setup a windows Vista PC.
(From what I had read vista diskpart would see usb flash media) I plugged in my usb drive, opened up the command prompt and typed in the following commands:
(press enter after each line)
(This is assuming your USB drive is disk 1)
select disk 1
create part primary
select part 1
format fs=ntfs

I then plugged the usb drive into my xp PC and plugged in my external HD and XCOPYed everything from it to my usb flash drive.

Now the usb will image everything we have EXCEPT HP desktops(Really strange)

From what I can tell, on the desktops, diskpart sets the local drive to "disk 1" instead of "disk 0" so when it tries to image it comes back with an error message that disk 0 isnt there. my question now is,

Is there a way to change the disk number in diskpart xp version?

ALSO: Can a mod please change the title to this as I have found out it is not so much related to PQI but more twords creating bootable usb imaging drive and I think this info might help alot of people out.


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January 29, 2010 at 10:44:41
... going off on a slight tangent here check out #Response 7+11 <click

... @ webpage click details by "Select a version" box "Backup Tools" ...Drive SnapShot is very good (many others there!)

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