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    DOS USB boot drive
    How to Create a DOS USB Boot Drive
    Published by Everlong is offline
    07 Nov 2008
    DOS USB boot drive

    How to Create a DOS USB Boot Drive

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    This is useful for things such as flashing graphic cards or flashing a BIOS when a floppy drive isn't available to use.

    1. First, you need to download some Windows 98 boot disk files and the HP Disk Storage Format Tool from the attachments below.
    download win98boot.zip

    download HPUSBformattool.zip
    2. Extract both .zip files to a location. Best to create a folder for the Win98 file as there's quite a few files.

    3. Insert a USB pen in to a USB slot - Don't use one that has information on that you need as it's going to get formatted.

    4. Open up the HP USB tool that you downloaded, it should look like this:
    5. Choose the USB drive to use from the drop down menu at the top if you have multiple USB drives connected and the file system needs to be FAT32.

    6. Then in "Format Options" choose "Create DOS startup disk" and browse to the folder where you extracted the Win98 files. Just highlight the folder they're in then click OK.
    You should have something like this:

    7. Click "Start" and it will format the drive and once it's finished it will then be bootable.

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    Re: DOS USB boot drive

    I have tried many programs to fix hard drive problems and most of them suck. This is another one where the application creates a bootable USB that is missing the DOS file system. It does not recognize even the Hard drive into a toshiba satellite laptop.
    All it can see is the USB drive itself. Many sofware require the use of GUI to fix hard drive problems. This kind of programs really are worthless because if windows does not work properly it will never fix its own drive from errors. Using the recovery console is not a wise thing. The partition information that could have been changes and expanded should be instead stored over a USB key where there is a boot software to check the disk drive. Such things should be done by the OS and such options should be available in any OS.

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