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Booting from USB HDD, Is there a guide somewhere? or can someone tell me how?
iceangel89
post Aug 7 2007, 04:58 AM
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hi, (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/help.gif)

a new comer here (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif) , i want to boot my XP/Vista Install from a USB HDD hope fully without any CD/DVDs. if possible also add Partition Magic and stuff in too, how do i do these?

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jaclaz
post Aug 7 2007, 08:09 AM
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Cannot say about Vista.

For XP the (LOONG!) thread is here:
http://www.911cd.net/forums//index.php?showtopic=14181

Just read the links in Dietmar's signature, and/or try the "automated way":
http://www.usboot.org/tiki-index.php

(we are talking about FULL XP, not BartPE/WinPE here, right? (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/unsure.gif) )

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post Aug 7 2007, 08:22 AM
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ya i am talking about full XP. will try that tmr, tmr i have an exam (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)
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post Aug 8 2007, 07:26 AM
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actually i was wanting to boot & install XP not use it. and also add softwares like partition magic so i fo not need any CD.DVD anymore. so what i hope to accomplish is something like:

1. Boot From USB HDD
*. Extension: Start Partition Magic
2. Install XP (I have used nLite to make a unattended setup)
3. Install any programs from USB HDD - trying to make silent install for all programs
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post Aug 8 2007, 01:59 PM
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Well,
then go here:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=61384&hl=

Some background, an alternative using DOS and links to most relevant posts:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=81788&st=6
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=99453&st=3

The very last one files are here:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showto...1384&st=293

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post Aug 10 2007, 09:01 AM
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then if i want it to be NTFS instead of FAT?

and if i want to boot from a partitioned HDD? say i have a 250GB HDD with partitions will it cause any problems?
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post Aug 10 2007, 09:49 AM
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The source and destination partitions need to be FAT or FAT32 ONLY if you use the DOS+WINNT method.

They can be FAT, FAT32 or NTFS if you use the WINNT32.EXE one.

Of course there is no problem using a "partitioned" HD, there is no such thing as a "unpartitioned" HD, but I have to warn you that both methods are not (yet) aimed to the "common" end user, as a little more than average understanding of the way hard disks, PC and the NT booting is required.

Moreover, if you want to add apps, make an unattended setup (which won't be unattended at all if you plan to use Partition Magic before (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/wink.gif) ), and doing your own customizations, you'll need to learn and understand quite a lot of more "advanced" topics.

My guess is that it will be then more "flexible" for your scopes a setup with a booting PE system, as in method #2 listed here:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=81788&st=6

(though again, most probably it won't be"really" unattended)

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post Aug 10 2007, 11:56 AM
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Hi (IMG:http://www.boot-land.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/cheers.gif)

Please see here.

http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176
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post Aug 10 2007, 12:53 PM
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QUOTE (yahoouk @ Aug 10 2007, 01:56 PM) *


Well, NO, this is the modified tubo's tutorial, derived from Dietmar's one, already linked to.

This is to install a full XP ON USB device, as in first answer, something that iceangel89 does not want.

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post Aug 11 2007, 07:57 AM
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it says only says using winbuilder which i did already then whats next? run winnt32.exe using winbuilder?

and after reading so many posts, i think the easiest way is method 3 instead? modifying boot.ini to load SETUPLDR.BIN isit?

but, ok want to clarify - the files i need are? (NTLDR, boot.ini etc if i am not wrong)
and the boot.ini need to be changed to?
and resources to get info on what do multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS mean. i think its something like the index of the disk then the partition etc. but like u said, i need to understand how things works.

Thanks for your help so far, really appreciate
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