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Make a bootable SD card?


The One and Only
for some reason i get the feeling you're asking about it due to trying to install an OS onto a computer that has no optical drive such as an Eee PC? If so.... i tried several times, and i find that the process is kinda tedious, and doesn't seem to work very well every time.....
1) Get an SD card adapter or SD reader that allows it to plug into a USB port then just treat it as a bootable thumb drive. Warning some readers/adapters may not play well with your MB B ios and this trick will not work.

2) The built in reader may or may not allow you to just treat the SD like a thumb drive. You will have to try it and find out for you machine.

If you ned help with doing the bootable thumb drive post back and I'll dig up the links.

The first step is to get a copy of the HP format utility to format the thumb drive as a system device. There are alternative approaches but they are more difficult. HP took the utility off their web site so you have to google for a copy.


OSNN Senior Addict
I want my SD reader to be a boot option... I have heard somewhere that you can trick the laptop into making it the the SD is really a FDD...


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Political User
check the bios, for the boot from removable device. if available.

or try

PeToUSB is a Win32 GUI application for formatting and making bootable, USB Flash Memory Drives and USB HardDisks and optionally copying the output from a successful BartPE/WinPE build to the device. There are options to backup/restore the MBR on a device.

I have the Hp USB TOOL, I uploaded it for you
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OSNN Senior Addict
I can boot from a "USB HDD" as it reads but not the actual SD card slot. That HP utility doesn't pickup the SD card when plugged in.


OSNN One Post Wonder
i think it's barely impossible to boot from an sd card reader than with a usb thumbdrive. sorry, Eagle710. consider buying a usb flash drive instead and set the bios to boot from a usb thumbdrive if the bios actually support it.

the most crucial part from booting from usb removable devices is the BIOS support. no bios support, no luck booting from usb flash drives.


OSNN Senior Addict
My system has the option too boot from USB CD-ROM/ USB Floppy/USB SuperDisk/ Notebook Multibay/ Notebook HDD /Network ... what does super disk and that cd-rom/floppy mean?


Woah.. I'm still here?
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Political User
? superdisk is superdisk - was hailed as a replacement to the old 3.5 inch floppy disks..
CD means booting from a CD drive..
Floppy means booting from a floppy drive..

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