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Make a bootable USB disk to flash MB BIOS

Sometimes I need to flash the mother-board BIOS from DOS. Actually now I have not tools can boot the PC to DOS. There is no floppy disk driver on it. I can only make a DOS bootable USB disk to do the job.

So I have the USB disk on hand. It is 2GB, the smallest capacity one I have.

The method to make a bootable USB disk is a little bit different from the one I blogged 6 years ago.


1) Download flash tools – HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool (Please google it and find the download link by yourself)

2) Download DOS package , named Win98 boot. (Also try to google it)

3) Decompress these two file.

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Ubuntu 7.10 on USB flash disk

I have some USB flash disks. I’d like to make it a bootable with Ubuntu 7.10.
Let me show you how to do it.
1. Grab the Ubuntu 7.10 ISO and burn it to a CD
2. Insert the CD and your USB flash drive
3. Reboot your computer into Ubuntu from the Live CD
4. Open a terminal window and type sudo su
5. Type fdisk -l to list available drives/partitions. Note which device is your flash drive (example: /dev/sda) Throughout this tutorial, replace x with your flash drive letter. For example, if your flash drive is sdb, replace x with b.
6. Type umount /dev/sdx1
7. Type fdisk /dev/sdx
* type p to show the existing partition and d to delete it
* type p again to show any remaining partitions (if partitions exist, repeat the previous step)
* type n to make a new partition
* type p for primary partition
* type 1 to make this the first partition
* hit enter to use the default 1st cylinder
* type +750M to set the partition size
* type a to make this partition active
* type 1 to select partition 1
* type t to change the partition filesystem
* type 6 to select the fat16 file system
* type n to make another new partition
* type p for primary partition
* type 2 to make this the second partition
* hit enter to use the default cylinder
* hit enter again to use the default last cylinder
* type w to write the new partition table
8. Type umount /dev/sdx1 to ensure the 1st partition is unmounted
9. Type mkfs.vfat -F 16 -n ubuntu710 /dev/sdx1 to format the first partition
10. Type umount /dev/sdx2 just to ensure the 2nd partition is unmounted
11. Type mkfs.ext2 -b 4096 -L casper-rw /dev/sdx2 to format the second partition
12. Remove and Re-insert your flash drive
13. Back at the terminal, type apt-get update
14. Type apt-get install syslinux mtools
15. Type syslinux -sf /dev/sdx1
16. Type cd /cdrom
17. Type cp -rf casper disctree dists install pics pool preseed .disk isolinux/* md5sum.txt README.diskdefines ubuntu.ico casper/vmlinuz casper/initrd.gz /media/ubuntu710/
Ignore any “cannot create symbolic link” errors
18. Type cd /home/ubuntu
19. Type wget
20. Type unzip -o -d /media/ubuntu710/
21. Restart your computer, set your BIOS or Boot menu to boot from the USB device and reboot again.

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Make a bootable USB disk

I have three USB disks. Yesterday, I thought I can make a bootable USB disk and finally I chose the PNY attache 1 GB.
The problem is I don’t know how to make a bootable USB disk. I searched the PNY site, found nothing.
I did a lot of research. One site is
The real cool tool is HP Drive Key Boot Utility.
This tool is made for HP’s usb disk, but it is also working on other brand USB disks.
I tried it in my PNY attache disk. It is so quick to make a bootable disk without any reboot.

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Make Bart’s PE Boot Disk

Microsoft only provides Windows PE to OEM and Enterprise customers. So the small companies and end users do not get Windows PE. This is really bad. With Bart’s PE Builder they can build a Bootable XP CD-Rom (called BartPE) to use for maintaining their systems. For example to fix something which can not be fixed even under safe mode.
To make a Bart’s PE Boot Disk, you need following itmes:
1) The files from your Windows Installation CD-Rom.
Supported Windows versions are:
Windows XP Home Edition (must be slip streamed with Service Pack 1 or higher)
Windows XP Professional (must be slip streamed with Service Pack 1 or higher)
Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition
Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
2) PE Builder runs on Windows 2000/XP/2003/BartPE systems.
3) CD/DVD writer if you want to creat a bootable CD/DVD.
Section 1: Prepare the Windows XP SP2 installation files
First of all I want to introduce how to slipstream a Windows XP with Service Pack 2.
If you have a installation CD of Windows XP without SP1 or SP2, you need to follow the steps to make it.
Prepare Installation CD of Windows XP and Service Pack 2 for Windows XP.
Download Windows XP SP2 (266mb)

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