03-22-2010 12:07 PM - edited 03-22-2010 12:22 PM
Run the diskpart command line app as admin
* list disk to find the drive number of your usb stick.
* select disk # to select the usb disk (put the number you found in the previous step in place of the # - be absolutely certain you have the right number!)
* create partition primary
* select partition 1
* format fs=ntfs
Insert your Windows Vista / 7 DVD into your drive
Change directory to the DVD's boot directory where bootsect lives:
Use bootsect to set the USB as a bootable NTFS drive prepared for a Vista/7 image. I'm assuming that your USB flash drive has been labeled disk G:\ by the computer:
bootsect /nt60 g:
copy your NG Recovery to your usb
03-22-2010 01:03 PM
Yes, Ghost does load faster from a UFD than from a CD. Nice.
The second part of your post about the boot sector isn't essential.
03-22-2010 03:25 PM
For version 15 its is..
I've made several Ghost 15 UFDs and I just made another Ghost 15 UFD without doing the boot sector section. I used a slightly different method.
I ran DiskPart from the Ghost 15 CD and used...
format fs=fat32 quick
,,, to shorten the format time.
The Ghost UFD booted into the Recovery environment.
03-25-2010 10:13 PM
I just saw this post when you posted a link in another thread.
Well done, but I agree with Brian. You don't need to format it in NTFS, it gives no advantage and might even be a little slower because of the file system overhead.
I would also use: format fs=fat32 quick
He is also correct you don't need to add a bootsector, Vista or Windows 7 already adds a nt60 bootsector.
nt60 boot sector boots "bootmgr" (Vista\7)
nt52 boot sector boots ntldr (XP/2000)
DOS boot sector boots IO.sys
Only time you need to add a nt60 boot sector is if your making the bootable flash drive in XP.
03-25-2010 11:18 PM
Dave, thanks for the info on boot sectors.
I've been playing with Grub4 DOS lately and booting ISO files from a USB flash drive. I've been able to put most of my bootable flash drives onto a single flash drive. But I can't get the Ghost 15 ISO to work. Have you had any success?
03-25-2010 11:46 PM
Yes, thats how I use it.
I got so many old dos tools and programs, and other things, I didn't want to dedicate the whole flash drive to just Ghost.
it's actually not a flash drive, on my EEE I have a 16GB SDHC card that I leave in all the time. It has the grub bootloader and I can start the Ghost ISO from it.
What happens when you try it?
03-26-2010 12:06 AM
I can't remember exactly. I think it starts to load and then fails.
Strange that it works on some computers and not others. I have a few ISOs on my Grub4DOS stick that load on some computers and not others. Now that I know you can do it I'll try again.
03-26-2010 12:14 AM
Let me try to rephase that since I'm a linux idiot.
My card or flash drive has uses grub, it boots to grub and from there I can boot the Ghost ISO.
If that makes a difference, I'm not booting DOS and then using grub4dos to boot the ISO, I had some problem doing that although I can't remember if it was with Ghost or something else I wanted to boot.
I went back to using this:
I'm pretty sure it's the regular old syslinux and grub.
I don't have it here so I can't look at the menu.lst but I'm pretty sure it is just like the example shown:
# title Test ISO
# find –set-root /testname.iso
# map /testname.iso (hd32)
# map –hook
# root (hd32)
# chainloader (hd32)
I don't think I'm using "boot" either.
I could never get it to work well mapping it into memory, It worked so slow I might die of old age before it loaded all the way.
Only problem I had was getting the file contiguous because it can't be fragmented, but I used that program "wincontig" from that site or another time I just defragged it and copied it again.
I only tried it so far on that one system, so I don't know if it will work on others, interesting how you found that out.
In the morning I'll post what I got in menu.lst.