creating a bootable USB flash drive

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  1. excexe

    excexe Registered Member

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    i made a bootable usb flash drive with acronis following a technique i found in this forum. can i use the same technique with any program?

    also, another technique i found was to copy the bootsector and files of the bootable disc to the flash drive. i'm trying to do this with the seatools for dos program (maxtor.com) and acronis:

    1) install Virtual Floppy Drive 2.1 and use it to mount a blank 1.44MB image created via WinImage. format the resulting virtual disk to "FAT" using windows explorer.
    2) create the seatools bootable media onto the virtual disk.
    3) extract the bootsector from the virtual disk to a .bin file via MKBT 2.0.
    4) format the USB drive to "FAT" using windows explorer.
    5) copy the bootsector to the flash drive using MKBT.
    6) copy the files from the virtual drive to the flash drive.
    7) change BIOS settings to boot off of the flash drive.

    the problem i have is with step 5. MKBT gives me the "different filesystem ID error," where FileSys="FAT16." why am i getting this error when i formatted both the virtual drive and the flash drive to "FAT"? does this have to do with the fact that i'm running windows in an NTFS filesystem?

    thank you all in advance.
     
  2. excexe

    excexe Registered Member

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    anyone?
     
  3. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    excexe,

    I sent you a PM.
     
  4. sparkymachine

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    For information : Is there such a thing as a boot sector on a flash drive?
     
  5. MudCrab

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    Flashdrives have the same layout as a hard drive. They have an MBR and each partition has a boot sector. It's Windows that puts strict limits on them. Linux and DOS/BIOS usually treat them the same as a USB hard drive.
     
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    Ok thanks for that.
     
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