Making a bootable USB drive..

September 6, 2006 at 13:35:45
Specs: Windows XP Media Center E, 1.8GHZ/1GB Ram
I need to make my Lexar Jumpdrive bootable. But the only problem is, that my computer has no floppy drive, so most of the tutorials won't work for me since they ask you to "grab the bootsecter" from a floppy disk.

Any way of doing it which doesn't require that I have a floppy drive.

Oh and I have checked my BIOS, and it can boot from USB drives. I did manage to get that HP tool to make it bootable, but I don't want a linux bootsector, I want a DOS bootsector. And once again, the HP tool will only do a DOS bootable by using a floppy disk which I don't have.

Any help would be apprecieted.

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September 6, 2006 at 13:59:03

... all you need is there!

Today's subliminal thought is: 'Calm down ... it's only ones and zeros.'

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September 6, 2006 at 14:53:38
That site only contains selfextracting boot images that will only extract to floppy. But I was able to extract them from the EXE using WinRAR

I found a program called "USB_format.exe" that formatted my USB flash drive and added the bootsector and the DOS system files which I extracted from a floppy disk image that I got from (the program won't make it bootable unless I had DOS system files, which I retreived from the disk image)

Thanks for the help with the disk images!

(it won't add bootsector without them)

Now I have a bootable Jumpdrive that shows up as drive C:\ when it is booted. (my harddrive is NTFS, so it didn't show up)

If the harddrive was Fat32, then it would probably appear as drive D:\

Theoreticly, I could boot a Win98 or something similar directly off the jumpdrive.

However, I will probably not do that since the amount of writes that Windows makes will kill the flash drive rather quickly (flash based memory a 100,000 to 160,000 write limet that once reached, will render my jumpdrive a worthless peice of plastic)

Problem is solved. Thanks for the help!!

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September 6, 2006 at 16:09:38
Seems to me there are two HP tools. One of them can use either a drive or image of a bootable os.

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September 7, 2006 at 05:33:18
Do what I did. I put a complete bootable OS on my flash drive using Bart's PE Builder. You can get it here:

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September 7, 2006 at 08:03:51
lol, Thats what I was thinking about. But I am still trying to figure out how to do that since it was designed to make bootable CDs.

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