Booting From USB

By rolanddes
Apr 11, 2009
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  1. Hello Everyone..

    I have a few things in my mind if which i wanna know can be done.

    1- I have an 8 gb sandisk usb pen drive formatted in FAT32.
    2- I have my windows xp in iso format
    3- I have Hiren's boot cd.
    4- I have portable virtualbox and a windows xp image for that.


    With these I basicly want to be able to boot my computer from that drive. But I want to be able use all of them at the same time. I mean that I want to get a menu like that:

    1- Run windowsxp.iso
    2- Run Hiren's boot cd.iso
    3- Run windows xp with virtualbox


    Is there anyway to do that?


    Ps: Hiren has smthg here about booting his cd from a pen drive which did not work for me. I had a file missing error (http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd-on-usb-disk)
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    Interesting, I am a little busy, but i will do that too soon enough. Too bad i don't really know anything about it either so for now, ill just bump your post up to the top again.
    Thanks for waiting instead of double posting.
  3. rolanddes

    rolanddes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot. I'll be waiting..
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    No one D:.
    I found this while working on my own USB booting:
    http://www.msfn.org/board/lofiversion/index.php/t77005.html


    If I am not mistaken, Hiren's uses a GRUB bootloader, now I don't really know what I am talking about, but you should be able to configure grub to do all that.

    I would also recommend Ultimate boot CD which you probably already know about, and XP.SP3.Lite by Tiros, a lightend version of XPSP3 and only 170mb:
    part 1 (http://rapidshare.com/files/146742755/windows.xp.sp3.lite.final.2008.v3.by.tiros.part1.rar)

    part2 (http://rapidshare.com/files/146746576/windows.xp.sp3.lite.final.2008.v3.by.tiros.part2.rar)

    part3 (http://rapidshare.com/files/146748078/windows.xp.sp3.lite.final.2008.v3.by.tiros.part3.rar)

    You could take a look at http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-pocket,1113.html and BartsPE.
  5. rolanddes

    rolanddes Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot. These sources will definetely help me a lot..
  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] I'm a TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,317   +117

    Alright followed hiren's instructions for the 9.8 release (I think people may consider Hiren's warez, so on this forum I will call it my ultimate boot cd modified, i'm pretty sure UBC is fine).
    Did it on some cheep 256mb DanElect flash drive, got a file not found error too on the miniXP and hirens.

    Redid it on my OCZ Rally2 16gb, works great :D, creator of 'UBCM' is pretty skilled ^^.
    I have heard booting from an USB is hit or miss, I didn't quite believe that until now...

    EDIT: From what I know, and I really don't know much, you should be able to add XP ('UBCM's MiniXP is...ok, pretty good, but its still only about 30mb, so its not exactly XP) by just adding:
    that should create another menu item in UBCM's GRUB menu and properly execute whatever file I think, though how you add XP onto a flash drive and make it runable like in UBCM is beyond me...
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