Boot USB Drive to run Ghost 2003

Hi

I've got a laptop drive in a usb caddy and I'd like to use it to boot several different XP pcs and then ghost the O/s

So far I've made a ghost boot disk with usb 2.0 drivers(it spans two disks). This works fine as a basic method of ghosting to my USB drive... but as I'll be backing up to this drive regularly it would be easier to boot from the USB.

I've copied the files to a small fat partition on the usb drive and made it active.
AUTOEXEC.BAT
GHOST\GHOST.EXE
GUEST.EXE
CONFIG.SYS
IO.SYS
MOUSE.COM
MOUSE.INI
MSDOS.SYS
COMMAND.COM
USB\aspiehci.sys



On the first machine (a Compaq D530), when I try and boot from the USB drive (after changing boot order in BIOS) I get:

"Attempting to boot from USB Device - remove disks or other media"

Any help much appreciated

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chiii0utAsked:
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JJT2750Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You say you just copied the files out there when you formated the boot partition did you tell it to make it bootable?

If not you will need to use the dos SYS command for the version of dos you are using.

SYS is an external dos command so you will need to make sure it is in the path so command.com can find it.

Boot your DOS boot disk

make sure your usb drive is connected and try this,

If my usb drive boot partition  was e then it would look like this

SYS e:\

Good Luck
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
Additional comment-

I'm not sure if I need an mbr for this drive?

When I boot from the floppies, it doesn't assign a drive letter to the UDB drive otherwise I'd try fdisk /cmbr.

When the floppies were created in Ghost, I checked the box for 'assign a drive letter to the USB devices'

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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
Follow up pending any help !!!!!!

Removed the HDD and booted up using Ghost floppy

The USB drive now shows as drive 1 in fdisk so I ran fdisk /mbr on it.

Doesn't make any difference unfortunately.
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RartemassConnect With a Mentor Service Desk AnalystCommented:
Download Bart PE (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/download/) and burn to bootable CD
This will enable USB drives and assign drive letters
Ghost is part of the package.  Couldn't be simpler
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
JJT2750

I've booted the PC using a Win98 boot disk.

I've disconnected the HDD so the USB FAT partition is showing as C:\

But when I try
A:\>SYS C:\
I get bad command or filename.

In A:\ I've got:
AUTOEXEC.BAT
GHOST\GHOST.EXE
GUEST.EXE
CONFIG.SYS
IO.SYS
MOUSE.COM
MOUSE.INI
MSDOS.SYS
COMMAND.COM
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
sys.com duh

I now get Parameter format not correct - C:\
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
ok A:\>SYS C:

No I get "Cannot find the sytem file in the standard locations on drive C:. STS can only be used on drive C: to attempt a repair of an already existing installation of Windows..."
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
If I put the HDD back in the machine, it doesn't assign a drive letter to the USB drive so I can't try A:\>SYS E:
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JJT2750Commented:
What is STS?
What do you get when you type "path"?
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JJT2750Commented:
So how do you access it the drive with ghost?

Can you use the subst command?
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
Sorry SYS - typo

My mistake - the USB drive is still showing as C: because my IDE drive has no dos partitions
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JJT2750Commented:
Will the USB drive boot now?
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
No - I haven't managed to run sys on it
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
I've put together an old HDD with a primary dos partition so that my USB is the D: now.

Tried A:\>SYS D: and get the message

"You can only run SYS drive C: to try and repair the boot hard disk. Use the startup disk option in Add/Remove programs to create an emergency boot disk."
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JJT2750Commented:
Ok so that didn't work,  what happens if you format from a with the /s switch?
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JJT2750Commented:
Transfer system and make it bootable
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
Well - I removed the partition, recreated it and tried format /s but get "Incorrect MS-DOS version" or "Windows no longer supports format /s command" depending on whether I use an XP or win 98 boot disk :(
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
Ok now I'm trying an old dos version of format.exe

It starts to format and then gives
"Critical driver error ... Description: drive not ready"

Can it be this hard?
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JJT2750Commented:
It's not suppose to be,  let me check a couple of things and I will get back to you.
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scrathcyboyCommented:
The problem you are fighting is that SYS and other win98 commands only work on the C drive, the assumed BOOT drive.  They do NOT work on any USB drive, they were never intended to work on a "remote" drive like a USB, and you cannot get them to work on a remote or removable drive.  ONLY a boot drive on an IDE controller or SCSI controller -- NOTHING ELSE !!!
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
ok I've got a fix

Formatted a small dos partition on the spare HDD. Used format /s from a win 95 bootdisk.com disk.

Rebooted with the USB plugged in using a Ghost boot disk with USB drivers.


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Ghosted the new dos partition from the HDD to the USB drive
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scrathcyboyCommented:
There is nothing unique about that -- you are supposed to have a dos partition on the HDD, the problem is that the original DOS partition was corrupted somehow by ghost.  Sure this might be a temporary "fix" but it is not permanent, because you have not fixed the root of the problem, which is corrupting the boot sector.  It will just return to haunt you the next time you do this procedure, unless you fix the problem now.
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chiii0utAuthor Commented:
There's nothing unique about your replies unfortunately and there's no problem now - do you really know what you're talking about?



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