HP Drive Key Boot Utility - HP Business Support Center
Will take a bootable image or Floppy and make your usb key bootable.
Can anyone give me an idiots guide to making a bootable usb memory stick? I have tried a few things I found on Google but they don't seem to work!!
Would prefer something free !
We use the HP tool, but our problem is the USB disk is only 1.44Mb. Is there anyway it can be made bootable yet keeping it at a decent size for extra files?
Anything in particular you want to boot? If you go for a Linux boot USB stick most of the distros that are set up for this (look to the small ones - DSL, Puppy, Slax or specialst ones like Parted Magic) make the stick bootable as part of the setup process.
Well, we're CC3 so its a CC3 build disk that we copy to USB. It works a treat, but would be handy if it was bigger than 1.44Mb so we could put more drivers on it/other software such as ghost.
Unetbootin can build you a FreeDOS boot disk automatically.
The current version has built-in support for automatically downloading and loading the following distributions, though installing other distributions is also supported:
* Ubuntu (and official derivatives)
o 6.06 LTS
o 8.04 LTS
o Daily CD Images
* Linux Mint
* Arch Linux
* Damn Small Linux
* Puppy Linux
* Sabayon Linux
o SimplyMEPIS 8
o AntiX 8
* Frugalware Linux
UNetbootin can also be used to load various system utilities, including:
* Parted Magic, a partition manager that can resize, repair, backup, and restore partitions.
* Super Grub Disk, a boot utility that can restore and repair overwritten and misconfigured GRUB installs or directly boot various operating systems
* Backtrack, a utility used for network analysis and penetration testing.
* Ophcrack, a utility which can recover Windows passwords.
* NTPasswd, a utility which can reset Windows passwords and edit the registry.
* Gujin, a graphical bootloader that can also be used to boot various operating systems and media.
* Smart Boot Manager (SBM), which can boot off CD-ROM and floppy drives on computers with a faulty BIOS.
* FreeDOS, which can run BIOS flash and other legacy DOS utilities.
Last edited by somabc; 30th April 2009 at 09:28 PM.
look for a program called flashboot
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