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?

    Arawak, Sep 3, 2003
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    rifleman Guest

    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
    Arawak, Sep 3, 2003
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    Cubzilla Guest

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

    Cubzilla, Sep 3, 2003
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    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.
    Arawak, Sep 4, 2003
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    doS Guest

    You aint doing so good there ardvark..

    doS, Sep 4, 2003
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    JabberSmith Guest

    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
    JabberSmith, Sep 4, 2003
  8. Arawak

    Arawak Guest

    You win!

    Arawak, Sep 4, 2003
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    rifleman Guest

    Why not use the Windows XP CD? That's bootable.
    rifleman, Sep 4, 2003
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    Willard Guest

    What DOS driver did you use??

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

    Willard, Sep 4, 2003
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