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    Question RM Build Disks on a USB stick

    We currently have a RM CC3 network. I find it really annoying that to build machine on the network we have to use ancient floppy disks.
    I've made several attempts to make a usb version of the RM Build Disks but failed everytime at different stages.
    I've tried using GRUB and .img files of the RM disk but that didn't work as it puts the image in memory.
    RM requires to write to the disk and is a 2 stage process with a reboot in the middle. (therefore dumping the disk to memory is no good)
    The other way i've tried is copying contents of RM build disk to the memory stick (formatted as FAT16) and then writing the MBR from the floppy to the MBR of the memory stick. That didn't work either

    Wondered if anyone has had any luck in making a usb RM build disk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeglover View Post
    Wondered if anyone has had any luck in making a usb RM build disk?
    Sure, loads of people use them.
    Personally I use a stick that can emulate a floppy as I find this the easiest way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeglover View Post
    We currently have a RM CC3 network. I find it really annoying that to build machine on the network we have to use ancient floppy disks.
    I've made several attempts to make a usb version of the RM Build Disks but failed everytime at different stages.
    I've tried using GRUB and .img files of the RM disk but that didn't work as it puts the image in memory.
    RM requires to write to the disk and is a 2 stage process with a reboot in the middle. (therefore dumping the disk to memory is no good)
    The other way i've tried is copying contents of RM build disk to the memory stick (formatted as FAT16) and then writing the MBR from the floppy to the MBR of the memory stick. That didn't work either

    Wondered if anyone has had any luck in making a usb RM build disk?
    you can buy memory sticks that appear as floppy drives - these work, we used them before moving to cc4... i'll look for a link...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjs_mjs View Post
    you can buy memory sticks that appear as floppy drives - these work, we used them before moving to cc4... i'll look for a link...
    see the previous thread

    CC3 boot disk on USB drive?

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    Cool. Thanks for the link. I'll try using a standard pendrive first.
    Contacted RM while back and they said they don't do those switch memory sticks anymore. :S

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    They do sell them, I recently sent some back to them. I think they were around 15 each.

    Netac 1GB Bootable Flash Drive
    Part No. 1GG-232
    • 1GG-232
      Netac 1GB Bootable Flash Drive

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    They are on the website: Clicky

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    Ah ok. Cheers folks

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    I now have a question regarding these
    Netac 1GB Bootable Flash Drive
    Is the FDD section of the disk limited to 1.44 MB?

    What I'm getting at, is can I make a 'one RM disk to rule them all' with every driver on it that will be over 1.44 MB and put it on these type of sticks?
    The RM website talks about a 512MB MiniSafe. Is this the floppy disk area where you can put all the drivers?

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    You need a 2.88mb image to do the job.

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    I've used the HP Drive Key Boot Utility with great success in the past

    http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?swItem=MTX-UNITY-I23839

    And to answer the obvious first question, yes it will work with other brands (although I have only tested with Kingston). You simply select a USB drive letter, feed it a floppy and away you go.

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    On the RM Support site, look at DWN1424530:
    Bootable USB flash drive (UFD) preparation utility for CC3/CC4 (RMPrepUSB)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon_Walsh View Post
    On the RM Support site, look at DWN1424530:
    Bootable USB flash drive (UFD) preparation utility for CC3/CC4 (RMPrepUSB)
    Make sure when you download this you use the latest version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon_Walsh View Post
    On the RM Support site, look at DWN1424530:
    Bootable USB flash drive (UFD) preparation utility for CC3/CC4 (RMPrepUSB)
    I've had a go using this and got stuck. I have a img file of a RM CC3 Standard disk.
    Prepared the USB stick as Boot as FDD and also tried ZIP.
    Selected MS-DOS bootable.
    Selected Image to USB and choose the img file.
    Did 0 defaults for the 3 options that come up.
    Doesn't come up with any error but when I try to boot it. Says I/O Error.

    Anyone got a guide on how to use this RMPrepUSB?

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    I've answered my question now.

    Found this handy RM article

    TEC1434450

    Used a Kingston 512MB stick and it worked But on an RM One for the moment, tried a HP dc7800p and won't boot. Oh well, one step closer.

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