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Around OCN i have seen many posts about making a bootable USB key, yet not very much info on how to do it.

Disclaimer: Files originally downloaded from here and here. They are attached to this post in a .zip for convenience.

This will work with almost any USB flash drive, and installs the windows 98 boot files to your chosen drive. (aka DOS) Instead of having to rip apart your rig to plug in an ancient floppy drive to update BIOS or install RAID drivers, boot from your USB drive and you're good to go.

Download both the HP disk format tool, and the win98boot.zip (both are in the attached ZIP file)

Make sure it has your flash drive selected, check "Create DOS startup disk", browse to the folder where you put the unzipped files, and finally click "Start"

*This will format the USB drive, but function like any other USB drive with the added bootable capability*


Enjoy.
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Edited by Higgins - 12/18/08 at 11:40am
    
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Nice guide.
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cant even count the number of times i have needed this, it need stickied for sure!! thx!!
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Do you know how I can get smartdrive to work with this method?
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Thanks! +r
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Thanks, and does this boot my windows to w98?

EDIT: nvm, damn I'm stupid
Edited by Xerpy - 4/3/10 at 5:32pm
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I've been doing this to flash my mobo bias. Here's a guide from EVGA:
http://www.evga.com/forumsarchive/tm.asp?m=671353
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K, Question,

Can this work for any boot cd iso that one might have? And I mean that literally. I am trying to setup a work "boot usb", kinda like bart, but of ANY bootable cdimage that's already pre made, but to usb for both speed and time saving. As i'm in the IT field (new to it), I'm looking to make it an easy todo task.

Any help appreciated, as this looks more like win98 only in my perception.

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Originally Posted by Le_Loup;13359919 
K, Question,

Can this work for any boot cd iso that one might have? And I mean that literally. I am trying to setup a work "boot usb", kinda like bart, but of ANY bootable cdimage that's already pre made, but to usb for both speed and time saving. As i'm in the IT field (new to it), I'm looking to make it an easy todo task.

Any help appreciated, as this looks more like win98 only in my perception.

- Le_Loup

You could look into Sardu

I've heard of people just changing the name of an iso that sardu supposedly doesn't support, and it's installed fine.
    
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