How do I make USB drive bootable from within XP? Which program can I use?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Arawak, Sep 3, 2003.

  1. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    My BIOS supports booting from a USB device and I have an external USB
    2.5" drive but my computer is running XP Pro. I do have bootable
    Win98SE floppy with all the necessary files but the USB drive is not
    available without a DOS driver so I am unable to SYS the drive or
    Format /S from the DOS prompt. Is there a way to make the drive
    bootable while using WinXP Pro? Drive Image...Partition
    programs....using WinImage with a bootable Image file......?
    What would be my best option?

    TIA
    Arawak
    Arawak, Sep 3, 2003
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  2. Arawak

    rifleman Guest

    In article <>,
    says...
    > My BIOS supports booting from a USB device and I have an external USB
    > 2.5" drive but my computer is running XP Pro. I do have bootable
    > Win98SE floppy with all the necessary files but the USB drive is not
    > available without a DOS driver so I am unable to SYS the drive or
    > Format /S from the DOS prompt. Is there a way to make the drive
    > bootable while using WinXP Pro? Drive Image...Partition
    > programs....using WinImage with a bootable Image file......?
    > What would be my best option?
    >
    > TIA
    > Arawak
    >

    Can I ask why you need a bootable drive from WITHIN Windows? the usual
    thing is to use a bootable drive from OUTSIDE windows, ie when
    installing or re-installing the OS, which is a BIOS function.
    rifleman, Sep 3, 2003
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  3. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    Let's see if I can explain myself better....I want another option to
    access my system when the inevitable happens, virus attack, blue
    screen, whatever. My Dell notebook does not have a built-in floppy
    drive and when I am on the road I don't always carry the big bulky
    external floppy drive with me. I want to be able to bootup my computer
    using the very small USB 2.0 enclosure containing a 2.5" laptop hard
    drive which currently has no operating system. I simply want to put
    the operating system on the drive. DELL tech support told me if I can
    make the drive bootable my Latitude D400 will boot from it as long I
    make that an option during the boot process from within the BIOS,
    which i have done but that's the extent of the assistance they can
    provide.

    On Wed, 3 Sep 2003 21:59:34 +0100, rifleman <> wrote:

    >In article <>,
    > says...
    >> My BIOS supports booting from a USB device and I have an external USB
    >> 2.5" drive but my computer is running XP Pro. I do have bootable
    >> Win98SE floppy with all the necessary files but the USB drive is not
    >> available without a DOS driver so I am unable to SYS the drive or
    >> Format /S from the DOS prompt. Is there a way to make the drive
    >> bootable while using WinXP Pro? Drive Image...Partition
    >> programs....using WinImage with a bootable Image file......?
    >> What would be my best option?
    >>
    >> TIA
    >> Arawak
    >>

    >Can I ask why you need a bootable drive from WITHIN Windows? the usual
    >thing is to use a bootable drive from OUTSIDE windows, ie when
    >installing or re-installing the OS, which is a BIOS function.
    Arawak, Sep 3, 2003
    #3
  4. Arawak

    Cubzilla Guest

    "Arawak" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > My BIOS supports booting from a USB device and I have an external USB
    > 2.5" drive but my computer is running XP Pro. I do have bootable
    > Win98SE floppy with all the necessary files but the USB drive is not
    > available without a DOS driver so I am unable to SYS the drive or
    > Format /S from the DOS prompt. Is there a way to make the drive
    > bootable while using WinXP Pro? Drive Image...Partition
    > programs....using WinImage with a bootable Image file......?
    > What would be my best option?
    >
    > TIA
    > Arawak


    Can you get an adapter and drop the 2.5" in a PC then prep it ?


    Regards
    Cubzilla, Sep 3, 2003
    #4
  5. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    Well, I found a USB DOS driver after hunting via google and after a
    few bad starts was able to get the drive recognized in DOS. I then
    FDISK'd it to create a partition (FAT). When I re-booted the system
    into Win98, I was then allowed to Format it with the /S switch and now
    all is fine.
    I had hoped to find a program similar to WinImage which allows your to
    write a bootable image to a diskette but so far no luck.

    On Wed, 3 Sep 2003 23:00:42 +0100, "Cubzilla" <>
    wrote:

    >
    >"Arawak" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> My BIOS supports booting from a USB device and I have an external USB
    >> 2.5" drive but my computer is running XP Pro. I do have bootable
    >> Win98SE floppy with all the necessary files but the USB drive is not
    >> available without a DOS driver so I am unable to SYS the drive or
    >> Format /S from the DOS prompt. Is there a way to make the drive
    >> bootable while using WinXP Pro? Drive Image...Partition
    >> programs....using WinImage with a bootable Image file......?
    >> What would be my best option?
    >>
    >> TIA
    >> Arawak

    >
    >Can you get an adapter and drop the 2.5" in a PC then prep it ?
    >
    >
    >Regards
    >
    Arawak, Sep 4, 2003
    #5
  6. Arawak

    doS Guest

    You aint doing so good there ardvark..

    "Arawak" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Let's see if I can explain myself better....I want another option to
    > access my system when the inevitable happens, virus attack, blue
    > screen, whatever. My Dell notebook does not have a built-in floppy
    > drive and when I am on the road I don't always carry the big bulky
    > external floppy drive with me. I want to be able to bootup my computer
    > using the very small USB 2.0 enclosure containing a 2.5" laptop hard
    > drive which currently has no operating system. I simply want to put
    > the operating system on the drive. DELL tech support told me if I can
    > make the drive bootable my Latitude D400 will boot from it as long I
    > make that an option during the boot process from within the BIOS,
    > which i have done but that's the extent of the assistance they can
    > provide.
    >
    > On Wed, 3 Sep 2003 21:59:34 +0100, rifleman <> wrote:
    >
    > >In article <>,
    > > says...
    > >> My BIOS supports booting from a USB device and I have an external USB
    > >> 2.5" drive but my computer is running XP Pro. I do have bootable
    > >> Win98SE floppy with all the necessary files but the USB drive is not
    > >> available without a DOS driver so I am unable to SYS the drive or
    > >> Format /S from the DOS prompt. Is there a way to make the drive
    > >> bootable while using WinXP Pro? Drive Image...Partition
    > >> programs....using WinImage with a bootable Image file......?
    > >> What would be my best option?
    > >>
    > >> TIA
    > >> Arawak
    > >>

    > >Can I ask why you need a bootable drive from WITHIN Windows? the usual
    > >thing is to use a bootable drive from OUTSIDE windows, ie when
    > >installing or re-installing the OS, which is a BIOS function.

    >
    doS, Sep 4, 2003
    #6
  7. Arawak

    JabberSmith Guest

    "Arawak" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Let's see if I can explain myself better....I want another option to
    > access my system when the inevitable happens, virus attack, blue
    > screen, whatever. My Dell notebook does not have a built-in floppy
    > drive and when I am on the road I don't always carry the big bulky
    > external floppy drive with me. I want to be able to bootup my computer
    > using the very small USB 2.0 enclosure containing a 2.5" laptop hard
    > drive which currently has no operating system. I simply want to put
    > the operating system on the drive. DELL tech support told me if I can
    > make the drive bootable my Latitude D400 will boot from it as long I
    > make that an option during the boot process from within the BIOS,
    > which i have done but that's the extent of the assistance they can
    > provide.
    >


    Make a bootable CD instead, like the Windows Disk. Or even get Ghost and
    put an image of your install compressed on a CD.

    Keep you file system FAT32 (partitioning may be necessary).

    Make a small FAT32 partition with windows setup on it, or a second OS, or
    get a Knoppix CD to use (entire operating system on a CD).

    If your laptop HD is toast on the road, you are screwed anyway. Only thing
    you need to worry about is backup of your data files and a working OS. You
    can do that with a little creative manipulation of the stuff you already
    have.
    JabberSmith, Sep 4, 2003
    #7
  8. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    You win!

    On Wed, 3 Sep 2003 21:11:48 -0400, "doS" <>
    wrote:

    >You aint doing so good there ardvark..
    >
    >"Arawak" <> wrote in message
    >news:...
    >> Let's see if I can explain myself better....I want another option to
    >> access my system when the inevitable happens, virus attack, blue
    >> screen, whatever. My Dell notebook does not have a built-in floppy
    >> drive and when I am on the road I don't always carry the big bulky
    >> external floppy drive with me. I want to be able to bootup my computer
    >> using the very small USB 2.0 enclosure containing a 2.5" laptop hard
    >> drive which currently has no operating system. I simply want to put
    >> the operating system on the drive. DELL tech support told me if I can
    >> make the drive bootable my Latitude D400 will boot from it as long I
    >> make that an option during the boot process from within the BIOS,
    >> which i have done but that's the extent of the assistance they can
    >> provide.
    >>
    >> On Wed, 3 Sep 2003 21:59:34 +0100, rifleman <> wrote:
    >>
    >> >In article <>,
    >> > says...
    >> >> My BIOS supports booting from a USB device and I have an external USB
    >> >> 2.5" drive but my computer is running XP Pro. I do have bootable
    >> >> Win98SE floppy with all the necessary files but the USB drive is not
    >> >> available without a DOS driver so I am unable to SYS the drive or
    >> >> Format /S from the DOS prompt. Is there a way to make the drive
    >> >> bootable while using WinXP Pro? Drive Image...Partition
    >> >> programs....using WinImage with a bootable Image file......?
    >> >> What would be my best option?
    >> >>
    >> >> TIA
    >> >> Arawak
    >> >>
    >> >Can I ask why you need a bootable drive from WITHIN Windows? the usual
    >> >thing is to use a bootable drive from OUTSIDE windows, ie when
    >> >installing or re-installing the OS, which is a BIOS function.

    >>

    >
    Arawak, Sep 4, 2003
    #8
  9. Arawak

    rifleman Guest

    In article <>,
    says...
    > Let's see if I can explain myself better....I want another option to
    > access my system when the inevitable happens, virus attack, blue
    > screen, whatever. My Dell notebook does not have a built-in floppy
    > drive and when I am on the road I don't always carry the big bulky
    > external floppy drive with me. I want to be able to bootup my computer


    Why not use the Windows XP CD? That's bootable.
    rifleman, Sep 4, 2003
    #9
  10. Arawak

    Willard Guest

    What DOS driver did you use??

    Would you please post the link, where you found it??

    Willard

    Arawak <> wrote in message news:<>...
    > Well, I found a USB DOS driver after hunting via google and after a
    > few bad starts was able to get the drive recognized in DOS. I then
    > FDISK'd it to create a partition (FAT). When I re-booted the system
    > into Win98, I was then allowed to Format it with the /S switch and now
    > all is fine.
    > I had hoped to find a program similar to WinImage which allows your to
    > write a bootable image to a diskette but so far no luck.
    >
    > On Wed, 3 Sep 2003 23:00:42 +0100, "Cubzilla" <>
    > wrote:
    >
    > >
    > >"Arawak" <> wrote in message
    > >news:...
    > >> My BIOS supports booting from a USB device and I have an external USB
    > >> 2.5" drive but my computer is running XP Pro. I do have bootable
    > >> Win98SE floppy with all the necessary files but the USB drive is not
    > >> available without a DOS driver so I am unable to SYS the drive or
    > >> Format /S from the DOS prompt. Is there a way to make the drive
    > >> bootable while using WinXP Pro? Drive Image...Partition
    > >> programs....using WinImage with a bootable Image file......?
    > >> What would be my best option?
    > >>
    > >> TIA
    > >> Arawak

    > >
    > >Can you get an adapter and drop the 2.5" in a PC then prep it ?
    > >
    > >
    > >Regards
    > >
    Willard, Sep 4, 2003
    #10
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