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Make my flash drive bootable


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#1 Jayson201

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:17 PM

How can I make my flash drive bootable?
I have a Windows Vista Repair disk if I need to copy boot files. (Made it myself. Technically I used to internet. but whatever)

Simple Instructions, Advanced instructions, Advice, Tips, Any help at all is nice.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:41 PM

First, you'll need to check computer's BIOS, if it allows to boot from USB device.

If so, see here: http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/deploy...dows-vista.aspx

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:46 AM

Yeeeaaaahhhh.... Uhm. Removable Media doesnt count as flashdrives, now does it? ;)
Kayso. How do I make my BIOS allow booting from flash drives. I've been all through the BIOS, I didnt see anything involving booting and USB Drives.


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 02:30 PM

Hold Hold Hoooooold on.

Isnt there a program that allows people to boot from Hard Drives, Cd's, Floppy's, USB Drives, etc..., Even if the BIOS doesnt support it?

Edited by ComputerTalk-Jayson, 19 August 2010 - 02:30 PM.


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 06:25 PM

Removable Media doesnt count as flashdrives, now does it? ;)

That's it.
You need to change "boot order", so Removable Media is listed BEFORE hard drive, if you want to have a possibility to boot from USB stick.

Isnt there a program that allows people to boot from Hard Drives, Cd's, Floppy's, USB Drives, etc..., Even if the BIOS doesnt support it?

The simple answer is NO. For any program to run, Windows has to up and running.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:33 PM

Problem is, I've tried booting from my flash drives before.
I had an Ubuntu ISO written onto both flash drives, just as if it were to be written onto a CD (Forget what the program I used is called...)
I had Removable Media set for first boot, and it went into windows.
The Vista Recovery CD I made works just fine to be booted from., though.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:40 PM

just as if it were to be written onto a CD

With USB it's not as simple as that. Check the link, I provided.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:47 PM

Im using windows 7 >.>
Although I dont think that should be a big deal....Win7 is basically made off of Vista...


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:49 PM

Alright. I can format the flashdrive using diskpart :D
(it picks up my iPod. Thats scary XD)

Edited by ComputerTalk-Jayson, 19 August 2010 - 10:51 PM.


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:56 PM

Start and in "Start search" type in:
cmd
Hold SHIFT and CTRL, press Enter

At command prompt, type in:
diskpart
Press Enter

You should be at:
DISKPART>

Type in:
list disk
Press Enter

List of disks should be displayed.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:04 PM

Step ahead buddy, Yet I was at least 8 keystrokes faster. I went straight into Diskpart, without using CMD. The wonder of Windows 6.0 and above :D

59 Percent formatted, FAT32. Like the guide asks for. Except Id like to make a Win7 repair disk, Instead of a Win Vista...(Already have one. O_O )
Now, I can either rely on you on how to turn the flash drive into a Win7 repair disk, or I can use google.
You're choice, because I could probably handle it from this point on.

Thanks alot though. Helped me out alot, and enhanced my brain.


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:07 PM

Go ahead, keep me posted :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:18 PM

I shall, My friend.


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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:27 PM

Mounting the ISO to the flash drive.
Will test in the morning.

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:28 PM

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