Write a boot sector to USB drive
Posted on 2003-03-20
I have a USB drive that i would like to make bootable. My bios supports booting to USB devices, and seeing as it acts like a normal hard drive under windows (ie, can be formatted with different filesystems, partitioned, labeled, etc) i figure all i need to do is write a boot sector to it and copy the necessary files.
Which is where my problem begins. As the device is only accessible under windows, i can't use the various DOS boot-sector-writing programs.
Ideally, i'm after a windows program that will let me copy boot-sectors from an existing drive/partition (harddisk, cd, floppy) to the USB drive, or write directly using a list of known boot-sectors (ie, DOS, Win95, Win98... Linux, etc).
- No, the drive does not come with a utility to make it bootable.
- Yes, it's claimed to be able to be made bootable.
- No, "SYS X:" doesn't work.
- Yes, i know "dd" would probably work under Linux, but... i'm not.
Points will be awarded as follows (to one or more people):
100 points: The first answer to enable me to boot of _my_ USB drive.
100 points: A working solution to copy various boot-sectors.
* Significantly helpful advice might also attract points.