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Howdy,

I'm looking, for example, to use my 8gb usb thumb drive, as a "bootable" drive. ie, lets say I have windows xp iso, and instead of using the iso, use a thumb drive that's virtually a copy of it, with boot files.

How would I go about doing this? As for myself, it'd be easier to have the thumb drive as a bootable installer.

Just looking instead of burning iso to cd/dvd, burning iso to usb thumb drive. (NOT copy paste).

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I just did this last night. XP doesn't load USB 2.0 drivers before it copies the files. It took me 4 hours to install XP.

Anyways here's the guide
    
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the guide was how to make a bootable usb for dos. not how to make a usb windows installer. granted after he booted into dos mode he could start the text based installer for windows but that would kind of suck. there are other options out there such as win2flash (google)
    
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Not exactly what i'm looking for (looked up win2flash), trying to get any standard .iso or .bin that's a bootable cd, to burn virtually to a usb. Any bootable iso/cd image, /dvd image, burn it instead of to a disc, technically to a "usb drive" of equal or greater storage capacity.. Then use that instead of an iso to boot. That's what I "need" to do, not purely windows, but for any/all.

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Originally Posted by Le_Loup;13359951 
Not exactly what i'm looking for (looked up win2flash), trying to get any standard .iso or .bin that's a bootable cd, to burn virtually to a usb. Any bootable iso/cd image, /dvd image, burn it instead of to a disc, technically to a "usb drive" of equal or greater storage capacity.. Then use that instead of an iso to boot. That's what I "need" to do, not purely windows, but for any/all.

- Le_Loup

shouldn't of used windowsxp.iso in your example smile.gif

you are going to be hard pressed to find that. you can however search for unetbootin which will let you take your iso and make it a bootable usb drive. for operating systems and certain utilities

you can also check into this as well

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

most of these again are for operating systems and utilities. what are some of the other type of iso files are you looking to use ?
    
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There's a few custom boot cd's for work installs, etc, that are apart of different IT environments, and i'm looking to speed it up with usb 2.0, 3.0, etc. Just trying to be more efficient, as they boot with cd/dvd no problem (using power iso trial to burn them), however just trying to virtually "burn" said iso that normally goes to cd/dvd, to a usb drive, so I can just go with it, literally. And be done in half the time or better.

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did the link i provided to the multiboot iso not work for you ?
    
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Originally Posted by Trippen Out;13520059 
did the link i provided to the multiboot iso not work for you ?

Yes and no.

Yes it did, installed, ran fine for the most part, Didn't... because it failed to setup bootable functionality as it only installed the iso's to the usb, but failed to boot with it. (Tested with various usb's, usb 2.0's, 4gb readyboost drive, 8gb non readyboost, slower, etc).

Tried to boot up, an example, ubuntu 10.10 installer, 11.04, and hiren's, even d-ban. No dice...

It also errored during program, stating it wouldn't be able to make it bootable.

Did run program as administrator, after extensive virus scan (being safe, smile.gif ).

Still no luck.. frown.gif

I'm willing to try any program for windows 7 / ubuntu 10.10 that can make a bootable usb stick/drive.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Le_Loup;13523778 
Yes and no.

Yes it did, installed, ran fine for the most part, Didn't... because it failed to setup bootable functionality as it only installed the iso's to the usb, but failed to boot with it. (Tested with various usb's, usb 2.0's, 4gb readyboost drive, 8gb non readyboost, slower, etc).

Tried to boot up, an example, ubuntu 10.10 installer, 11.04, and hiren's, even d-ban. No dice...

It also errored during program, stating it wouldn't be able to make it bootable.

Did run program as administrator, after extensive virus scan (being safe, smile.gif ).

Still no luck.. frown.gif

I'm willing to try any program for windows 7 / ubuntu 10.10 that can make a bootable usb stick/drive.

- Le_Loup


interesting. it makes bootable isos for me. let me know what you find id be interested in some other programs as well
    
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