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booting from a thumb drive

 
 
Reply Wed 21 Dec, 2005 09:23 am
Has anybody here ever dealt with the problem of booting dos or any windows variant from a USB (thumb) drive?
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Wed 21 Dec, 2005 09:30 am
DOS should work, but Windows probably won't; it's too dependent on the hardware.

There are some good Linux universal boot disks for use with CDs; I would imagine they could be readily adapted for a USB drive.
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Wed 21 Dec, 2005 08:36 pm
Pretty much depends on the machine you wanna boot from the thumb drive; not all machines will boot from USB. Without an operating system on the thumb drive, the best you're gonna get will be DOS, provided DOS is on the subject machine in the first place..

I often use a thumb-drive version of BartPE when the client machine supports booting from USB. A version of Linux called Damned Small Linux is fairly well suited to thumb-drive (in fact, they sell a thumb drive pre-loaded with Damned Small Linux on the website - but its easy to build your own). I've found that handy too. Both can be burned to and run from a bootable CD, which pretty much is their original intent, and the way I most frequently use either, but they work from a thumb drive if the machine supports USB boot devices. Either way, you can work on a machine pretty much to your heart's content without invoking the machine's resident operating system at all - the machine's OS simply isn't running, period.

A place to start chasing down what to do and how to do it:

Make Your Thumb Drive Bootable
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Wed 21 Dec, 2005 10:05 pm
Thanxxxx!!!!
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Heliotrope
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2005 07:22 am
I use a 2 Gb thumb drive with a full installation of WinXP Pro.
If one of the machines in work goes down I can boot to USB and have it back up and running in minutes with the thumb drive.
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gungasnake
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2005 08:38 am
Heliotrope wrote:
I use a 2 Gb thumb drive with a full installation of WinXP Pro.
If one of the machines in work goes down I can boot to USB and have it back up and running in minutes with the thumb drive.


That sounds like what you'd want to do. Any place on the net where you might find instructions as to how to set up a thumb drive like that?
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 22 Dec, 2005 09:32 am
Heliotrope wrote:
I use a 2 Gb thumb drive with a full installation of WinXP Pro.
If one of the machines in work goes down I can boot to USB and have it back up and running in minutes with the thumb drive.

All with identical hardware, or does it detect changes?
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