View Full Version : Make your USB flash drive bootable....ditch your floppy

02-25-05, 06:16 AM
There's a handy thread over at Overclockers Australia with links (thanks yoinks) to a utility and DOS files needed to format your USB stick to make it bootable, instead of having to use the dreaded floppy drive.
It works a treat and seems to work with most USB sticks.........

How to make your USB flash drive bootable (http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=348189)

02-25-05, 07:06 AM
bah, dont want to register at yet another board.
Maybe this info is available elsewere :)

Never though it was possible to make usb sticks bootable, man thats great! :D

02-25-05, 07:21 AM
Can someone who is registered over there copy/paste the info here?

02-25-05, 07:42 AM
Basically download this from HP (http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/hpcpqdt/us/download/20306.html) and then format the drive using the utility. Use these DOS files (http://aaltonen.us/downloads/HPUSBFW_BOOTFILES.zip) .

Havent actually seen whether it boots yet, but the process seemed to work ok.

EDIT: It seems to work perfectly with a crappy 64MB Freecom USB2.0 Stick. I booted in to DOS. Just remember to set your BIOS to boot from the USB stick.

02-25-05, 08:23 AM
It works without any problems.
I tested it by successfully backing up and flashing my video card bios.
So for those of you who like myself don't have or want to use the dreaded floppy, you can now flash a BIOS or install drivers such as SATA for your hard disk simply by using a USB flash drive and also not be limited by the tiny capacity of a floppy.

02-25-05, 09:14 AM
nice. thnx.

02-25-05, 09:38 AM
Here's how to make a bootable USB flash drive. (for you guys that need to be spoonfed :p )

Download the HP USB disk format utility.........HERE (http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/hpcpqdt/us/download/20306.html)

Now you'll need the DOS system files for your USB drive to be bootable, download ......HERE (http://aaltonen.us/downloads/HPUSBFW_BOOTFILES.zip)

Unzip and install the HP USB disk format utility to a folder.
Unzip the DOS system files to a folder also.

Now Insert your USB flash drive.

Start up the HP USB disk format utility which will look like this.....

http://img160.exs.cx/img160/8540/usbformat5nl.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

At the top it will have your USB drive listed
"File system" will be shown as FAT
Under "Format options" choose "create a DOS startup disk"
"using DOS system files created at:" here you browse to the folder you saved the DOS system files.
Now click "start"

A message will appear warning you that formatting will erase all data on the USB device, click"OK".

After a few seconds your USB flash drive is formatted and bootable, that's it. To boot from the USB flash drive make sure you set the USB device to be the first device to boot from in your system's BIOS.

My motherboard and BIOS (Gigabyte8IPE1000Pro2) had it listed as "USB-ZIP" of course the option will be named differently for each motherboard and BIOS type.

02-25-05, 11:46 AM
my mobo has something in the bios for bootable flash drive