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For starters this is still a new science and many people have had good luck with

at least one of these
methods and others have not. Note that flash drives are often also called thumb
drives, keychain drives,
pendrives, etc.
1. The PC has to support booting from a USB flash drive. There may be anywhere f
rom 1-3 items to
change in the BIOS to make this possible assuming your BIOS supports it. Some bi
os's may refer to your
flash drive as a USB floppy or USB zip.
2. The USB flash drive must support booting from it in general.
3. The flash drive must contain the boot/system files.
4. The flash drive must have bootsector area. This is done with special utilitie
5. References to "A:" drive lines in the autoexec.bat and/or config.sys files yo
u copy to the drive after you
make it bootable may result in errors.
6. You "may" have to format your floppy disk first in WinXP before you create a
bootdisk as XP may
"not" like working later on with a disk formatted otherwise.
7. Included below is a bootable ISO of DOS 7.1 which may be used with some of th
ese methods if you do
not have a 1.44 drive.

Method 1 - Make your flash drive bootable using Bart's mkbt util: | Alt:

Put a bootable floppy disk in your A: drive or create one using Windows.
Download and unpack to to new temp folder you create.
Go to the temp folder.
Extract the bootsector from the bootable floppy disk. eg Open a DOS Window and g
o to the directory
where you extracted MKBT. Type:

mkbt -c a: bootsect.bin

The boot sectors from the bootable floppy disk have just been saved to a file in
the temp folder you

Format the flash drive in FAT or FAT16.

Copy the bootsector to the flash drive. Open a DOS Window and go to the folder w
here you extracted
MKBT. Type:

mkbt -x bootsect.bin Z:


Now you can [grin] "should" be able to copy the utils you need to the pen drive. They work with many other brands of flash drives as well. then change the "Z" accordingly. So if your flash drive has another drive letter.Thanks Keith .html Recall I did say it's a new science.A Bootdisk. From Win98 DOS-Prompt type "SYS {USBDriveLetter}:" or "FORMAT {USBDriveLetter } /U /S" Method 5 . http://www. HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool Version 2.Another Bootdisk.Com Visitor Suggested Here is my another method for creating dos bootable USB sticks using windows for mat. OR 2.Try these 2 HP/Compaq USB Flash Drive execute format. To enable it use windows enabler program from http://www.htm an whoila it Method 2 .edu/~shaher/Bootable_USB. If from WinXp then from start->run command.Com Fan Suggested . By de fault it is disabled for non-floppy drives."Z" represents the flash drive drive Letter. Simply by enabling copy system files in windows explorer format window.exe copied from win95 or win98.mspx Method 4 .Third Party Links http://ucsu.6 HP Drive Key Boot Utility Version 7.41 Download Method 3 .

net/dd Another trick you can use with that dd utility involves MS VritualPC (which is f ree).Com .at. You can create a virtual machine/virtual hard drive.infoseek. Even cooler you can use a "raw write" utility like dd for windows to write the f loppy image directly to your USB thumb drive.PC Support .co. It's not that user friendly but once you get how it works it does work perfectly. Even without that famous HP utility to do the magic this w ill make your USB thumb drive including bootable (again. set it up the way you want then use dd to "r aw write" the virtual hard drive image to the thumb drive. no HP utilities required).html With that you get an A: drive and can manipulate a floppy image as if you were u sing real floppy.First if you don't have a physical floppy drive (and don't want one) you can use the [free] "virtual floppy driver" from here: http://chitchat.44 Megs). You can then use that image to make a bootable CD. BareBones Boot Floppy And ISO DOS 7. The 'dd' ported to Windows is located here: http://www.10 | Readme Bootdisks . Of course. this will make the thumb drive identical to the image.Essential Utilities Bootdisk.chrysocome. your thumb drive will effectively have the capacity the size if the i mage in question (your 1GB flash drive will effectively be 1.