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    Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    This isn't a new topic. Already there are many guides out there for creating Bootable KNOPPIX on USB Flash card or memory stick. Here, I am looking at a different but also important problem: getting DOS (Dr. DOS / OpenDOS / FreeDOS, etc.) to boot on USB Flash memory.

    This will be useful for flashing motherboard BIOS (or display card BIOS). Also many recent notebook models just don't bundle floppy drive anymore; Nor do I have any reason for owning floppy disks if I can have DOS bootable on USB memory card, and flash BIOS with it.

    Here are the guides for creating bootable DOS on USB memory stick or Flash card:

    1. Bootable USB Keys (solution for Linux and Windows)
    http://www.marlow.dk/usbkeys

    2. Bootable USB memory stick (solution for Windows)

    -> HP USB disk storage tool
    http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.c...id=1676&page=2

    Link Updated again:
    http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/fi...oad/21284.html

    Note: Your motherboard BIOS needs to support Boot from USB HD/RMD-FD in order for this to work.
    Last edited by zero0w; 07-24-2005 at 07:34 AM.
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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    Great Links - especially the HP utility. I tried for ages to do this without success. Now I have a USB chip I can update BIOS from etc, etc.

    I Googled for ages trying to find a good piece of software that would do this without success.

    Thanks

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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    No problem, don't mention it .
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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    The second link doesn't work. Is there an updated one?
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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    Quote Originally Posted by cantankerous
    The second link doesn't work. Is there an updated one?
    Thanks, link updated.

    Note: Search "HP USB DOS" on Google and you should be able to locate the HP USB disk storage tool within the first few results.
    Last edited by zero0w; 01-13-2005 at 02:07 PM.
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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    So you should be able to boot Ghost w/ this device, then?

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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    Does that HP device work for ANY flash drive?
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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    Quote Originally Posted by cantankerous
    Does that HP device work for ANY flash drive?
    Yes, check out the article at PCStat in the updated link.
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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    mortarman, I think the info posted above should be a sticky or put into a sticky as it is very useful.

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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    Quote Originally Posted by Regent
    So you should be able to boot Ghost w/ this device, then?
    ghost has usb dos drivers, so yea
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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    Keep in mind that your mobo has to be capable of booting from a USB flash device.

    I created a utility flash card using the HP USB disk storage format tool about 6 months ago.
    It included NTFS reader, Killdisk, DFRGNTFS, Chkdsk, Unerasor, Ghost and a couple of others.
    My DFI nF4 Ultra-D will boot from a USB drive and sees it as another HD rather than a Removable Device.
    I did it as an experiment and used one of the 256MB Compact Flash camera disks from my camera.
    After getting it to boot into DOS and successfully completing a DOS Defrag I reformatted the Disk and put it back with my camera equipment.
    Now every time I leave a flash card in my reader I get a message on the first BIOS screen that my boot order has changed and I have to remove the card to continue the boot sequence.
    It didn't do that before I made the DOS flash drive.

    After the Flash drive experiment I made a DOS boot CD using Bart's bootable CD system and included the same utilities and that's what I use now.
    Same idea but I don't have to give up one of my flash cards.

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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    ^^
    I have found many boards do that.

    If you boot from a device, the bios "remembers" it and tries to find it next time. It happens when I boot from another hard drive (like to test it) and I have to strip my system down to a single drive to get it to boot. after it boots there's no problem.
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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    i would also agree that the motherboard setup program might be the stinker,,booting a usb flash memeory.....it might work,,just never tryed it.....

    also,,,,YOU CAN BUY A EXTERNAL FLOPPY DRIVE,,USB PORT
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    Re: Bootable DOS in USB Flash memory

    Yeah I use a USB drive, so much faster than a floppy and much more can be stored on it.
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