USB Flash for booting?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by RobbieSan, May 28, 2003.

  1. RobbieSan

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    I was wondering if a USB flash stick would be good for booting? I ask because my mobo (A7N8X) provides USB-HDD as a bootable device..

    Anyone have experience booting with this stuff?
     
  2. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Yeah it should work as long as you're able to make it bootable. Never tried though. :)
     
  3. RobbieSan

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    this is a bit confuzzling so I'll to research a bit more.. this PDF on USB Flash says it can be made bootable but not under 2000 or XP..
     
  4. RobbieSan

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    hmm, now that I think about it that shouldn't matter since we're booting into DOS.. I guess I could use a Win98 or Me image to boot from.. I might experiment with one of these down the road..
     
  5. Taurus

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    i've always thought that was an excellent idea. about 100x faster than the archaic floppy drive, way more reliable, and you can put an entire minimalist installation of 98se on a 256mb stick, probably.

    don't think my board supports it. :(
     
  6. RobbieSan

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    that's a pretty up to date board with NF2 chipset.. same as the A7N8X so I think it would support a USB-HDD boot.. have a look in your BIOS under bootable devices and see if it's an option..
     
  7. Geffy

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    be way cool system recovery device with like a cutdown version of BSD or something on it
     
  8. Taurus

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    yeah, i checked. i just hope that maybe a future bios update will give me that option.