USB boot drive
Booting a computer is most of the time a seamless task. However, bypassing the default OS is sometimes required in order to perform maintainance operations. To do so, resourcing to a boot disk is the common way to go. However, most modern laptops don't come with floppy drives at all! Thus, booting from a CD or from a USB pen drive seems like the obvious approach. Nevertheless, since ME that the MS OSes don't recognize the
> format X: /S
command, thus it becomes hard to create a DOS bootable CD or pen drive. Hopefully, this wiki will help you to create quickly a DOS bootable usb pen drive.
This is a How-To to create a bootable DOS USB drive.
- A windows 98 bootable floppy disk image (here),
- Windows-based Format Utility for HP Drive Key or DiskOnKey USB Device,
- Plug in an empty USB pen drive (move previously its content to a safe place);
- Extract the win98 boot disk's files to a folder;
- Run the HP format utility;
- From the menu
- select the USB pen drive,
- select the FAT(32) filesystem,
- check the Create a DOS startup disk option,
- and assign the folder the containing the win98 boot disk's files;
- Format the USB pen drive;
- And Voilá!