For questions about bootable devices such as Flash Drives, CD/DVD or Hard Disks.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

7
votes
2answers
386 views

What makes bootable media bootable?

Out of curiosity, what makes media bootable? Links to explanations would be appreciated.
0
votes
2answers
294 views

Can't boot into Ubuntu from CD, or from Acronis True Image recovery disk

I can boot my computer off a home-burned-from-ISO-image Windows 7 (x64 or x86) installation CD, without problems. It's a Quad 6600, 4GB RAM, 8800GT and most of the time runs Win7 with no problems. ...
1
vote
1answer
379 views

What driver should I say to Debian that my Mac Mini needs?

I can't get the Debian netinst boot disk (AMD 64, v5.7.0-7) to recognise either of the SATA disks in my Mac Mini Server. I had thought that the ATA-PIIX driver was the correct choice, but after ...
3
votes
2answers
941 views

Is it possible to boot DOS from USB?

I've got a pc running CentOS, it has no CD or floppy drive. It has an Intel board and I need to upgrade the BIOS because the current version doesn't support CPU vt (however CPU got it) for KVM. I ...
0
votes
3answers
166 views

Having trouble booting my laptop from a Windows 7 USB key

I used unetbootin to install a Windows 7 ISO onto my USB key. I've then plugged it into my EEE PC 1000H and tried to boot up. I boot up, hit the Esc key to get the boot menu, select USB drive and it ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

How install Ubuntu to notebook without [bootable cd-rom,usb,( Smart Boot Manager), or pxe] using floppy?

Welcome, I would like use my old notebook as ssh client. I was trying to install Ubuntu but BIOS don't have boot option from CD, because drive is build in docking station. I have network card ...
1
vote
3answers
366 views

Can't boot from Linux CD

Recently, I got a new hard drive and decided to install Ubuntu on it. Unfortunately, I can't seem to properly boot from the Ubuntu 64-bit CD. What happens is the CD gets loaded, I get the initial ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

Eee PC won't boot from USB

I have an Asus Eee PC 901. I want to install Win7 on it and at the same time, re-partition it into one large drive (it's currently complaining about HDD space issues). I've downloaded a Win7 ISO and ...
0
votes
1answer
908 views

Linux livecd antivirus that doesn't need internet connection

I'm looking for a bootable (livecd) cd that will perform an antivirus scan on a computer without needing an internet connection. It should have its latest virus signatures included so I can simply ...
3
votes
4answers
3k views

How do I create a bootable USB Flash PcRepair Kit?

I do PC repair on the side and am looking to use a bootable flash drive as a PcRepair Kit. I'm also looking for anit-virus, anti-malware, Data-Recovery, Hardware testing. It would be great if it was ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

How do I get my Windows CD from Lenovo extra hard drive partition?

Back in 2007 when I purchased my Lenovo T61 Thinkpad I was told by the support representative that my cd was actually a partition on my hard drive and that if I wanted the cd, I'd have to burn a cd ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Bootable XP CD from iso.img file

I've got a downloaded version of windows XP as an iso.img file. How do i turn this into a disk i can boot from? Edit - I've downloaded this from MSDN site. It's a .img file and I'm trying to ...
1
vote
1answer
92 views

Can you boot from any external HDD?

I am going on vacation and I am taking my corporate Win7 laptop along. To keep personal and private data separate, I'd like to have two OS installs, but I don't want to dual-boot from the laptop HDD. ...
4
votes
2answers
13k views

How to save settings on bootable USB drive?

I have a bootable USB drive w/Ubuntu 10.04. I use it to learn Ubuntu and to diagnose, repair, or recover other people's computers and files. The problem comes when I constantly have to keep ...
0
votes
3answers
1k views

transfer bootable windows 7 to smaller hard disk

I want to transfer my Windows Vista install from a 70GB partition to a new smaller but faster 40GB hard-drive. If it were the other way around (small->big) I'd just plug them both into my Ubuntu ...
4
votes
4answers
7k views

Reusing a USB Boot Drive - Format back to factory state?

I am trying to reuse a USB boot drive (Mac) for regular file storage on Windows ... when Windows detects it, it won't let me reformat to anything greater than a 40 MB or so - and this is an 8 GB ...
1
vote
1answer
218 views

Creating a bootable DVD

I made a Windows XP ghost image of about 4.2 GB size. I now want to write this image onto a DVD and make it bootable, so that I can apply the image any time OS is corrupted. How do I do this?
0
votes
3answers
160 views

Installing Win 7 without a DVD drive

I've got the same end goal as this like named question but a different starting point. I have a Win7 Ultimate DVD (not an ISO), one XP box with a DVD drive and less than 4GB of free disk, an XP ...
0
votes
1answer
150 views

Which USB flash drives work well with Live USB? [closed]

Please do not answer unless you habitually use Live USB.(booting an operating sytem from USB) I have been booting Ubuntu 10 Notebook edition with a 2GigaByte Kingston flash drive. I used the USB ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

How to write/make bootable Dvd? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Create Bootable CD from ISO How to make bootable Dvd?? I have copied files of my Windows DVD in my Pc and DVD is not working now I just write its DVD but its not ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

How to make a Windows 7 USB disk using only Unix commands?

I think I can use newfs_msdos to format it. and dd to copy the contents of the iso to the usb. I can't get it to boot. I've tried to do it before but it didn't work. Has anyone successfully done this? ...
1
vote
0answers
119 views

PC only boots from Linux-based media and won't boot from DOS-based media

I have this problem where the PC only seems to boot from a floppy disk or CD if it was created as a Linux-based bootable media. If it was created as a DOS-based bootable media the system just freezes ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

What's a good setup CD [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Multi-purpose bootable CD Can you recommend good (and not just any) free downloadable recovery CD What's a good bootable setup CD with a bunch of tools like ...
4
votes
1answer
5k views

How do I make a bootable USB flash drive that can run memtest?

It seems that the canonical instructions for making a bootable USB flash drive that runs memtest are at: http://forum.canardpc.com/showthread.php?t=28875 However, after following them to a T, I boot ...
1
vote
1answer
464 views

Want to install OS from USB instead of CD : How to deal with *.img image files?

I'm on windows. I'm trying DragonflyBSD operating system. as you can see here: http://www.dragonflybsd.org/download/ there are two kinds of images CD (.iso) and USB (.img) files available for ...
2
votes
1answer
491 views

Create a CDROM Bootdisk to update BIOS

So, I have a Tyan Opteron board with a very old BIOS version. I realize Opteron's aren't exactly common like Athlons, Phenoms, Intel CPUs, etc. but my question revolves around updating the BIOS, ...
2
votes
1answer
277 views

Working bootable CD now suddenly freezes at starting point

I have a strange problem with a bootable CD I created that uses floppy disk 1.44MB emulation. The PC originally worked with it just fine and booted from the CD several times from the prior occasions I ...
9
votes
5answers
61k views

Create Bootable CD from ISO [closed]

I need to create a Bootable CD from a ISO. is there a free software available? I am using Windows 7
3
votes
2answers
2k views

howto move existing linux installation to usb-flash and make it bootable?

Is there any possibility to move my already installed ubuntu linux to the usb flash and make it bootable. So that it would boot on the other machine? P.S. I have an installed ubuntu karmic linux ...
3
votes
1answer
508 views

How do I get the Windows 7 installer onto a USB drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: How to install Windows 7 RC from a USB disk? Create pendrive installer for Windows 7 I'm having trouble installing Windows 7 onto my old laptop. The problem appears ...
10
votes
5answers
8k views

What Linux fits on a floppy disk?

Which Linux distributions fit on a 1.44 MB bootable floppy disk? Where can the .img image files be downloaded?
0
votes
1answer
800 views

Create a bootable Ghost CD from a HDD

I have a little issue and it may be quite simple to fix. I need to Ghost some computers (locally) and now, it seems to be really hard to have several computers to boot from floppy. Sometimes the ...
1
vote
2answers
7k views

How can I determine if a CD is marked as bootable?

I am trying to install Windows XP on a old laptop (Compaq Presario 700) with a stored verion of XP that I burned to an ISO. The copy of XP is legitimate but it won't boot to it. I am able to boot to ...
2
votes
3answers
4k views

How to create a Linux USB stick that boots on Mac?

If I try to create a bootable USB stick by using dd to copy an ISO file to it, it usually works on PC but it won't appear in the boot menu of my Macbook. Is there an easy way to generate a bootable ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

Boot disc Dual-Core CPU stress tool?

Looking for a tool that can test a dual-core cpu via a boot disc, thus bypassing Windows (and ensuring that only the hardware is being tested). UBCD4Win's included Prime95 is an older version and it ...
3
votes
2answers
408 views

Are flash drives always bootable?

I have this 8 gb toshiba flash drive and my motherboard also allows booting from removable devices. But I don't know, I've already tried to make the flash drive bootable and set in the bios to boot ...
0
votes
1answer
903 views

HP Usb storage Format tool : Error

I have a 2 GB Kingston Usb drive. This is working fine- I am able to format and access from 'My computer' I am trying to format this drive using HP USB Storage format tool to load a bootable image ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

Multiboot DVD with live-cds?

How can I create a multi bootable (with menu) cd/dvd that contains a number of live cds? Is there any "easy" way of doing this? Isolinux is the way to go I guess, but is there any tool available for ...
1
vote
2answers
658 views

Why would BitDefender Bootable Rescue CD be able to identify but unable to fix or delete malware?

Why would BitDefender Bootable Rescue CD (and loads of other Rescue CDs too) be able to identify but unable to fix or delete malware? It can however put it into quarintine. And what happens when the ...
1
vote
1answer
207 views

booting files in a usb

I need to boot my USB which contains a utility program I have written. How can I make my USB bootable?
1
vote
5answers
6k views

Can I create a bootable recovery partition on my hard disk having XP/Windows 7using freeware?

I have windows XP and windows 7. I want to create a recovery partition with a custom back up image on my hard disk. I know that Acronis can be used to create one but I want to do it using freeware. ...
2
votes
2answers
7k views

How to boot Toshiba Portege M200 from image with no CD drive

My Toshiba Portege M200 has no CD drive, and I would like to boot to Acronis to reload from an image that I created. I don't know how else to get the OS and all the drivers loaded. It doesn't seem ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

create iso from windows xp 64 setup files

hi i have the following windows xp 64 bit files(starting with uppercase letter are folders): Amd64, Docs,I386,Support,autorun,readme,setup,... how can i create the iso from these files? it keeps ...
3
votes
6answers
5k views

Installing Windows XP x86 from a non-bootable disc

I have a genuine Windows XP x86 SP3 downloaded from MS Website (Partners) but this CD is not bootable when trying to fresh-install it. The autorun works fine when I put it in my DVD reader but can't ...
1
vote
1answer
23k views

Prepare bootable Mac OS install usb on Windows

Is there any software out there that can simulate Disk Utility (Mac app) for Windows? I need to reinstall leopard on my Mac because I screwed something up on the current OS. The thing is, the DVD ...
12
votes
7answers
26k views

How I do to modify the contents of a ISO file?

I want to open a ISO file, add files and then burn it to a disc. By example, I get the Windows98 SE boot disk. That ISO have 2.6mb, and if I burn the iso, I will lost the remainder 697mb of the disk! ...
2
votes
2answers
10k views

No FORMAT command in DISKPART

I'm trying to get a bootable external USB drive, from which to install Server 2008 R2, but all the online help I find includes a FORMAT comment in the DISKPART session. My diskpart displays a list of ...
2
votes
2answers
799 views

Creating DOS bootable cd

I need to burn a cd which I will boot from to reset a password on Windows Server. I am using Active Password Changer, but I get an error like so: How can I create a "DOS bootable disk"? I have an ...
3
votes
0answers
567 views

Making a bootable pendrive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I place a bootable ISO on a USB drive? How can put image (iso) and flat binary on pendrive to make it bootable ? For example I am writing short system in ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

Store and boot a cd on a HD?

Originally i tried using a linux distro to use DD but it was not compatible with my hardware. I have a Norton Ghost disc and i would like to store it on my HD so i can boot into it easier, not need ...