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Have had loads of usb media, as far as I know some USB sticks are bootable others are not, usually it will say either on the manual or on the box of the product whether its bootable. If it is bootable format the usb drive fully then copy the BOOT.INI, NTLDR, and NTDETECT from the
root directory of your PC's boot drive to the flash drive. These files are
hidden by default, so you will either have to configure Windows Explorer to
show hidden files (including protected operating system files) or you will have
to open a Command Prompt window and use the COPY command to copy the files.
If you choose to use the Windows Explorer method, then open
Internet Explorer and enter C: into the address bar so that you are looking at
your local hard drive. Next, select the Folder Options command from the Tools
menu. When the Folder Options properties sheet opens, select the View tab. Now,
just select the Show Hidden Files and Folders and deselect the Hide Extensions
for Known File Types and the Hide Protected Operating System Files check boxes.
Click OK to continue.
Now that you have formatted your USB flash drive and installed the boot files onto it, the next thing that you must do is to configure your PC to allow you to boot from the flash drive. This is all done through the computer's BIOS Setup. I can't give you specific instructions for this part, because every computer is different. I can give you a few pointers though.
You can access your computer's BIOS by pressing a specific key immediately after you turn the PC on. The key varies, but it is usually either [F1], [F2], or [Delete]. Once you are in the BIOS Setup, you should verify that all of your computer's USB options are enabled. This might include things like support for legacy USB devices or support for USB 2.0. If there is a time out setting for USB devices, you should set it to the max to insure that the system doesn't time out while waiting on the USB device to boot.
Next, find the section on boot device priority. Normally, a USB flash drive (which is usually listed as USB-HDD, but may be listed as a removable device) will have a very low boot priority. If the USB flash drive's boot priority is lower than the hard disk (listed as HDD) then the only time the computer would ever boot off of the USB flash drive is if the system were to fail to boot from the hard disk. You must therefore rearrange the boot device priority so that the flash drive has a higher priority than the hard drive.
Posted on Jul 01, 2009
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