Windows XP on a bootable USB Flash drive

JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,344 Admin
Have you upgraded to a 1GB USB flash drive and have an old 256MB or 512MB gathering dust in a drawer? Why not load a bootable copy of Windows XP on to it? You've been able to boot Linux off a USB flash drive for a while now, but this is the first I've seen for Windows XP. And it's accomplished using Bart's PE Builder. Too cool. icon_cool.gif

http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20050909/index.html

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  • Ricka182Ricka182 Member Posts: 3,359
    That is cool.... icon_cool.gif
    i remain, he who remains to be....
  • RussSRussS Member Posts: 2,068 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Yup, a way cool tool. Unfortunately I still have many clients with older machines that don't boot to USB so my PE CR still does the bulk of the work.
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  • johnnynodoughjohnnynodough Member Posts: 634
    Very cool, I currently have mine bootable with the greatest MS OS of all time...DOS 6.22 icon_lol.gif
    Go Hawks - 7 and 2

    2 games againts San Fran coming up, oh yeah baby, why even play? just put then in the win category and call it good :p
  • PlantwizPlantwiz Alligator wrestler Mod Posts: 5,057 Mod
    Very cool.

    I was thinking of upgrading to a 1GB drive, unfortunately, my 'old' one is 128MB icon_sad.gif

    Maybe I'll get a 512MB and a 1GB :D
    Plantwiz
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    "Grammar and spelling aren't everything, but this is a forum, not a chat room. You have plenty of time to spell out the word "you", and look just a little bit smarter." by Phaideaux

    ***I'll add you can Capitalize the word 'I' to show a little respect for yourself too.

    'i' before 'e' except after 'c'.... weird?
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,344 Admin
    RussS wrote:
    Yup, a way cool tool. Unfortunately I still have many clients with older machines that don't boot to USB so my PE CR still does the bulk of the work.
    Yes, good point. The machine's BIOS/CMOS must support bootable USB devices for it to be of any use. That leaves out most mobos older than what, two years?

    Anyone know when bootable USB devices were first supported on what manufacturer's motherboards? Betcha ASUS came out with it first.
  • PlantwizPlantwiz Alligator wrestler Mod Posts: 5,057 Mod
    jdmurray wrote:
    Anyone know when bootable USB devices were first supported on what manufacturer's motherboards? Betcha ASUS came out with it first.

    My Epox 8KHA+ has it and I bought that in Nov/Dec 2001.
    Plantwiz
    _____
    "Grammar and spelling aren't everything, but this is a forum, not a chat room. You have plenty of time to spell out the word "you", and look just a little bit smarter." by Phaideaux

    ***I'll add you can Capitalize the word 'I' to show a little respect for yourself too.

    'i' before 'e' except after 'c'.... weird?
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,344 Admin
    Plantwiz wrote:
    jdmurray wrote:
    Anyone know when bootable USB devices were first supported on what manufacturer's motherboards? Betcha ASUS came out with it first.

    My Epox 8KHA+ has it and I bought that in Nov/Dec 2001.
    Ah, that old? Bootable USB has been around (at least) that long because of USB floppy drives, I bet.
  • PlantwizPlantwiz Alligator wrestler Mod Posts: 5,057 Mod
    Could be??

    I just remember it was my last chance to 'invest' in computer hardware prior to getting married :)

    Not many boards had it back then, and of all the boards we sold, I believe it was the only one...not to say others didn't, but the stock models we had at the time did not.
    Plantwiz
    _____
    "Grammar and spelling aren't everything, but this is a forum, not a chat room. You have plenty of time to spell out the word "you", and look just a little bit smarter." by Phaideaux

    ***I'll add you can Capitalize the word 'I' to show a little respect for yourself too.

    'i' before 'e' except after 'c'.... weird?
  • RussSRussS Member Posts: 2,068 ■■■□□□□□□□
    My Abit BTX133 was USB bootable - that was about 2001 when I build that one.
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  • shadown7shadown7 Member Posts: 529
    Thanks for the awesome link!! That will come in handy at work!
  • mobri09mobri09 Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 723
    Thanks for the update, I am going to give this a shot now. Webmaster should consider a forum directed towards current pc news, media, updates, projects, diy, and more? thats just a thought?
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,344 Admin
    mobri09 wrote:
    Webmaster should consider a forum directed towards current pc news, media, updates, projects, diy, and more? thats just a thought?
    For cool and new hardware I monitor the following sites (does anyone have others?):

    www.extremetech.com

    www.tomshardware.com

    www.pcemag.com

    www.digg.com

    hardware.slashdot.org

    www.makezine.com
  • neo468neo468 Member Posts: 123
    Is there a way to image an existing drive to the usb? I know the usb uses a compressed format, but as the admin think of all the hours saved in scrambling to redo a machine thats down. the only prob is the limit of 1gb icon_cry.gif
    1's and 0's
  • PlantwizPlantwiz Alligator wrestler Mod Posts: 5,057 Mod
    neo468 wrote:
    Is there a way to image an existing drive to the usb? I know the usb uses a compressed format, but as the admin think of all the hours saved in scrambling to redo a machine thats down. the only prob is the limit of 1gb icon_cry.gif


    Well, if you wanted to go this route....

    Use a USB HDD Caddy (holds a notebook HDD and is still portable) or use one of the Maxtor OneTouch USB HDD - I believe those are up to 300GB+ Now.

    Plus GHOST or some other imaging software. So, yes you can do this to USB if you really want.

    Biggest hurdle will still fall to your BIOS and boot order.
    Plantwiz
    _____
    "Grammar and spelling aren't everything, but this is a forum, not a chat room. You have plenty of time to spell out the word "you", and look just a little bit smarter." by Phaideaux

    ***I'll add you can Capitalize the word 'I' to show a little respect for yourself too.

    'i' before 'e' except after 'c'.... weird?
  • johnnynodoughjohnnynodough Member Posts: 634
    Having a USB key containing an image wouldnt be that practical really, considering the options that PlantWiz pointed out. Besides, in most environments you will just reimage a machine over the network, or the older school way of spanned CD's or a DVD. I cant recall the last time I had to rebuild a machine from scratch. When we get a new line of desktops,laptops, or servers we build one image per line of business per device type, and thats it.
    Go Hawks - 7 and 2

    2 games againts San Fran coming up, oh yeah baby, why even play? just put then in the win category and call it good :p
  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,344 Admin
    The latest issue (Oct/Nov 05) of PC Enthusiast Magazine (www.pcemag.com) has an article reviewing six USB flash drives. It looks like the Kingston DataTraveler Elite (1GB, 2GB) is the best choice for access speed, CPU load, and available software utilities. It's on the high-end price-wise (at newegg.com $92 1GB, $157 2GB).

    http://www.kingston.com/digitalmedia/dt_elite.asp?tabs=ds
  • roninmagik1roninmagik1 Member Posts: 25 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Another cool website for tech stuff is

    anandtech.com

    That and tomshardware started me on the road to geekdom!

    =)
    A+, Network+, Bachelors Degree in Information Technology(I.T.)....my friend works 2 nights a week as a bartender and still makes more than me.....
  • mobri09mobri09 Users Awaiting Email Confirmation Posts: 723
    Just installed XP on my 512mb flash drive, It's amazing!
    The directions were right on target...just follow and read carefully.
    good post
  • TheShadowTheShadow Member Posts: 1,057 ■■■■■■□□□□
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  • JDMurrayJDMurray MSIT InfoSec CISSP SSCP GSEC EnCE C|EH Cloud+ CySA+ CASP+ PenTest+ Security+ Surf City, USAAdmin Posts: 12,344 Admin
    TheShadow wrote:
    I used to search all the sites until I discovered the following. You can do one stop shopping by making www.dailyrotation.com your home page.
    Thanks, that is a very useful site! I wish that I had thought of it myself.

    Now I just need to figure out how to automatically pick up specific RSS feeds and display then on my web site for myself and other to use. There must be web site software specifically for that.
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