Making Your USB Key Drive Bootable.
Making Bootable USB drives
Not all systems support booting from USB devices, usually it will only be very new ones. The BIOS support determines if you can boot from USB, and often the name of feature is not very clear. You may find it labeled something like "alternate floppy" or some such unrelated name. Make sure that device is at the top of the boot order. All of this depends on your BIOS so it's not possible to give specific instructions. You may find more information in a "Google for bootable USB".If your BIOS does support USB boot, you can format a bootable USB key with the "USB Key Format Utility" (http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/hpcpqdt/us/download/20306.html)
Remember that formatting the USB key will destroy all the data on it!
Yes; it really does work with non-HP PC computers. (Alas... almost nothing seems to work with a Mac...)
Software Information Enhancements
- New Windows-based interface. (For the DOS-based interface, download Softpaq SP26059.)
- Requires an HP Drive Key or DiskOnKey device plugged into a USB 2.0 port.
- OPERATING SYSTEM(S):
- Microsoft Windows 2000 (including Service Pack 4)
- Microsoft Windows XP 32-bit Home
- Microsoft Windows XP 32-bit Professional
Installation HOW TO USE:
- Plug the HP Drive Key device into an available USB 2.0 port.
- Download the SoftPaq .EXE file to a directory on your hard drive.
- Execute the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions. If prompted to overwrite any files, answer Yes to all to continue installation.
The basic principles are expained in "Run an OS from a USB memory key"
Here is another link that will introduce a slightly more advanced program to make the USB Key bootable.
It has the advantage of allowing you to put your Windows system on the USB Key.
The page is "Windows In Your Pocket" (http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/09/09/windows_in_your_pocket/index.html).
You can get the required boot image files from "www.bootdisk.com" (http://www.bootdisk.com/)
Most of you will find that "DOS 6.22" (http://files.frashii.com/~bootdisk/lorrainegabay/622-514.exe)
will work for what you might want to do. Others are found on the "Boot Disks Page".
By the way... also take a look at the section called "Delete Undeletable Files And Folders #1 #2 #3 #4 #5" on "www.bootdisk.com" . Someone at the Computer SIG asked about solving this problem. There are also many other solutions to common problems that are presented on this site. All-in-all this site is marvellous!
Let me know of any questions. This may be somewhat confusing at first.