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Interested in any USB flash drive which can be used as a bootable media

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Hi Everyone;

         For technical troubleshooting applications, I am interested in any direct purchase link or links to a USB flash drive which can be used as a bootable media.  Basically, what I have in mind, is to transfer bootable or system files to the USB flash drive along with copying the i386 folder of my XP CD onto it and execute winnt from the flash drive to install this operating system onto a laptop which does not have CD or DVDROM support.  From a tutorial obtained from a previously closed post, it appears I will need at least 2GB of storage capacity on the USB flash drive.  In addition, the BIOS of the laptop will need to support bootable medai from USB ports.  

            In closing, any suggestions regarding this post will be appreciated.  I assume most USB flash drives are pretty much all alike, but, I want to make sure I make the right choice when converting the USB flash drive to a bootable media.

            Thanks in advance for any attention given to this question.

            George
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Any flash drive can be used as bootable media. The problem you might have is if the pc supports booting from a USB device. ( some older pc's )
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Yes, but pointing Windows XP to install is the bigger issue than just booting from the device. If your computer does not have a cd rom, you might want to borrow or buy a usb cdrom drive and just boot from Windows XP CD. I know you can find a BartPE solution or Windows PE solution to booting, but running the entire Windows XP is very tricky. I tried in vain but ended up just using the usb cdrom and save a lot of time programming and configuring boot files.
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by:PUNKY
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There are 2 types that should consider.
1. USB Bus-Powered. No external power required. Like USB flash drives.
2. USB drive with external power, normally is the hard drive inside usb enclosure.
For trouble shooting and eliminate un-expected issue with usb, I would recommended to buy usb with external power.
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by:GMartin
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Hi Everyone;

        The other day, I went ahead and ordered a 4GB flash drive from newegg.com.  The BIOS of this pc does support bootable USB media as indicated within the configuration.  Armed with the hardware requirements, I will be using the information contained within the link supplied by nobus in creating a bootable USB flash drive with XP Pro SP2 on it.

         Many thanks once again everyone for guiding me in the right direction on this project.

         George
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