How To Boot From A USB Flash Drive 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 o ften also called thumb drives, keychain drives, pendrives, etc. The NEWEST metho ds are listed last on this page, starting with Method 6 for Vista/Win7 A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER IN ADVANCE. 1. The PC has to support booting from a USB flash/pen/key drive. There may be an ywhere from 1-3 items to change in the BIOS to make this possible assuming your BIOS supports it. Some bios's may refer to your flash drive as a USB floppy or U SB zip. Of course there are exceptions, perhaps some are covered here. 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 s. 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.

METHODS 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 created. 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: "Z" represents the flash drive drive Letter. So if your flash drive has another drive letter, then change the "Z" accordingly. Now you can [grin] "should" be able to copy the utils you need to the pen drive.

Method 2 - Try these 2 USB Flash Drive Utilities by HP/Compaq. They work with Mo

7.exe copi ed from win95 or win98.41 Download "I would put a little extra in there.Com Visitor Suggested Here is my another method for creating dos bootable USB sticks using windows for mat. 4. By de fault it is disabled for non-floppy drives.html 1. Click Next.nliteos.Another though in this mode it cannot save changes made to the setup. Close the above program and install and run the HP Drive Key Boot Utility.Thanks Keith .htm an whoila it wor ks. To enable it use windows enabler pro gram from http://www. Se lecting the appropriate drive letter. Install the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool and run the program. other brands of flash drives as Method 4 . Click Next.A Bootdisk.Com Fan Suggested ." said Josh.angelfire. Select the Device and the File system from the drop down menus and click star execute format. 3. Click Next. 6." Says a fan who emailed me with no name:) For the downloads section I use nLite to make and create the image file as you c an import the service packs and do some tweaking to the install files. Click Finish Method 3 . If from WinXp then from start->run command. 1. From Win98 DOS-Prompt type "SYS {USBDriveLetter}:" or "FORMAT {USBDriveLetter } /U /S". Simply by enabling copy system files in windows explorer format HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool. Formerly called Party Links Boot off USB by floppy. Method 5 . hpflash2. or NT boot menu when your computer doesn't support i t "I use it to boot off of USB by floppy when the computer doesn't support it . 2. Select the circle labeled Hard HP Drive Key Boot Utility Version 7. Click Next.Select the circle on the top that says create New or Replace Existing Configur ation. http://www. CD. Select the circle labeled HP Firmware Flash Package. Click Next. Select Create New Filesystem. OR 2.

here we assume that you are using either Vista or Windows 7 to create a bootable USB. As these commands are self explanatory. You can then use that image to make a bootable CD. Insert your USB (4GB+ preferable) stick to the system and backup all the data from the USB as we are going to format the USB to make it as bootable. SELECT DISK 1 (Replace DISK 1 with your disk number) CLEAN CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY .com/blog/?p=345 bootable USB guide.chrysocome. you can easily guess what these comma nds do. You can create a virtual machine/virtual hard Another trick you can use with that dd utility involves MS VritualPC (which is f ree). it will show the disk number of your USB d rive. Once you enter the LIST DISK command. LIST DISK and hit enter. including bootable (aga in. Open elevated Command Prompt. 1. Alternatively.infoseek.Don Wrote below. 2. no HP utilities required). Method 6 . your thumb drive will effectively have the capacity the size if the i mage in question (your 1GB flash drive will effectively be 1. set it up the way you want then use dd to "raw write" the virtual hard drive image to the thumb drive . Even without that famous HP utilit y to do the magic this will make your USB thumb drive bootable. The 'dd' ported to Windows is located here: http://www. To do 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. In this step you need to enter all the below commands one by one and hit ente r. type in CMD in Start menu search fi eld and hit Ctrl + Shift + Enter.html With that you get an A: drive and can manipulate a floppy image as if you were u sing real floppy. or see this link from Justin: Even cooler you can use a "raw write" utility like dd for windows to write the f loppy image directly to your USB thumb 3. 4. navigate to Start > All program s >Accessories > right click on Command Prompt and select run as administrator.44 Megs). When the Command Prompt opens. It's not th at user friendly but once you get how it works it does work perfectly. this will make the thumb drive identical to the image. In the below image my USB drive disk no is Disk 1. Of course. enter the following command: DISKPART and hit enter.

Just minimize it. I m assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the co mputer: bootsect /nt60 g: (Where G is your USB drive letter) 7. Copy Windows DVD contents to USB... Insert your Windows DVD in the optical drive and note down the drive letter o f the optical drive and USB media.1. Change directory to the DVD s boot directory where bootsect lives: d: cd d:\boot 6.. Here I use D as my optical (DVD) drive letter a nd G as my USB drive letter. 6. 5....Suggested by marc: Boot-USB-Stick While trying to flash my bios I looked at your page.. Most methods are complicate d.2.SELECT PARTITION 1 ACTIVE FORMAT FS=NTFS (Format process may take few seconds) ASSIGN EXIT Don t close the command prompt as we need to execute one more command at the next step.Suggested by Kevin Ying: UNetbootin Method 9 .. after a while of browsing the net I found above: Method 8 . You are done with your bootable USB..: WinToFlash .. You can now use this bootable USB as bootab le DVD on any computer that comes with USB boot feature (most of the current mot herboards support this feature).... Note that this bootable USB guide will not work if you are trying to make a boot able USB on XP computer. Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image...Suggested by Shep. Method 7 . Go back to command prompt and execute the following commands: 6.

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