How make a 4GB CF Bootable

Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-09-04
I used to be able to generate 1GB and 2GB CF's bootable without problem; however I'm trying to do the same process using a 4GB CF and nothing seems to work...

Is there any free app or special procedure for big CFs?
Question by:moralesrd
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    Expert Comment

    You need some more basics... this workflow might work for you:
    Format the 4GB CF with Windows XP or Windows 7 with FAT32
     Go into Computermanagement and set the created volume / partition "active" (right click on the volume/partition of the cf 4gb card)
    Than copy the hole content of the 1 GB CF to the 4GB CF (including hidden files)
    Now it depends under which OS you formated the drive. If it's windows xp, the CF with 4GB seems to be ready and might boot. If Windows 7 you have to rename the X:\ntldr to bootmgr (this is the easiest way, there are other/more original ways) and now the CF 4GB card might be ready and will boot.

    Author Comment

    In either Windows 7 or XP the option "Mark partition as active" is disabled...

    I used to boot using a floppy drive in Win98(DOS mode), fdisk (fat32), format, bootprep, and convert... in this case this workflow does not work... (I also used the HP format utility and nothing)...

    Any other idea?
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    Expert Comment

    by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
    I've had no problems with ANY Compact-Flash media (1/2/4/8/16/32/64GB) making it bootable.

    Try another card, you may have a defective card.

    Accepted Solution

    Nope, that was not the problem neither...

    Either way I found the solution  using the MBRFix App...

     MBRFix /drive 0 fixmbr /yes

    Author Closing Comment

    After tried several options, this is the one that worked with my CF...

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