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 FlashBoot worth a look
post Jun 2 2010, 10:10 PM
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Right upfront let me warn you FlashBoot is Shareware, not Freeware.

Thus said. The program managed to impress me today, by doing what, a few weeks ago, non of the named tools in the sticky could do.

Making all previously unbootable USB-Sticks bootable on all test computers.

Maybe our USB-Boot gurus could have a look and steal a trick or two. wink.gif


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post Jun 3 2010, 07:11 AM
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QUOTE (MedEvil @ Jun 2 2010, 11:10 PM) *
Right upfront let me warn you FlashBoot is Shareware, not Freeware.

Thus said. The program managed to impress me today, by doing what, a few weeks ago, non of the named tools in the sticky could do.

Making all previously unbootable USB-Sticks bootable on all test computers.

Maybe our USB-Boot gurus could have a look and steal a trick or two. wink.gif


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Can you give more details on what scenario was not working and why?

What OS, fat16/32/NTFS, what contents, which systems, what were symptoms of sticks that would not boot, etc.

I have had a quick look at it and it seems to use a 2nd stage loader before it loads the main OS...


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post Jun 3 2010, 11:39 AM
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The previous V1 version of flashboot was the only program that would partition my USB stick so that it would boot on my previous motherboard ( an AMD Athlon FX-55 processor ). No longer have it so cannot try the latest tools.

Does seem a bit over priced ($38) for what it does.
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post Jun 3 2010, 01:54 PM
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QUOTE (steve6375 @ Jun 3 2010, 09:11 AM) *
Can you give more details on what scenario was not working and why?

No idea about the why. The USB-Sticks got always detected as USB-FDD. Trying to boot from them always returned an error that no system could be found.
Only the one Stick which got detected as USB-HDD booted fine.

QUOTE (steve6375 @ Jun 3 2010, 09:11 AM) *
What OS, fat16/32/NTFS, what contents, which systems, what were symptoms of sticks that would not boot, etc.

I used a Ram-Boot NaughtyPE (WinPE 1.x) I tested about every single combination of options of the different programs, except messing with geometry.
Drive got partitioned as Floppy, Zip, HDD with 1 partition and HDD with 2 partition, filesystems where FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS.

QUOTE (steve6375 @ Jun 3 2010, 09:11 AM) *
I have had a quick look at it and it seems to use a 2nd stage loader before it loads the main OS...

Yep, looks that way.
But loading this loader, seems to be already one step more, than what previously happened.
Maybe installing a bootloader in MBR is already enough of a trick?

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