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  1. How To: Boot BartPE from a FAT32 formatted USB drive (Easy)

    Posted 30 Nov 2007

    BOOT BARTPE FROM A FAT32 FORMATTED DRIVE (Great for 8+ gigabyte drives)
    Tools Required
    • HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - http://downloads.pcw... als/SP27608.exe
    • GoCoding.com's PEtoUSB.exe - http://gocoding.com/... USB_3.0.0.7.zip
    • Windows 98SE Bootable Floppy Disk - http://files.frashii... ey/boot98se.exe
    • GRUB4DOS 0.4.3 - http://superb-east.d... b4dos-0.4.3.zip

    • Insert your USB key and your Windows 98 floppy

    • Open the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
      • Select your USB key

      • Set the file system to FAT32

      • Check "Create a DOS startup disk"

      • Tell it to use the DOS system files located at A:

      • Click "Start" and let it go.

    • Open PEtoUSB.exe
      • Check "Enable File Copy" and select Overwrite Always from the drop-down

      • Click "Start" and wait for the file copy to finish

    • Select all the files for GRUB4DOS and copy them to the root of the USB key.
      • Allow it to overwrite config.sys

      • Open config.sys and edit the second line to read:

        device=grub.exe --config-file="color black/cyan yellow/cyan;timeout 0;default 0;title find and load NTLDR of Windows NT/2K/XP;find --set-root /ntldr;chainloader /ntldr"

        This will allow it to go straight to the NTLDR process.

    • Boot your USB key.

    Interesting side effect - When you boot off of the USB key, you will see the Windows 98 splash screen, followed by the Windows XP boot process and splash screen.

    This is confirmed working on an 8gb SanDisk Cruzer Micro. After trying various different things, I stumbled upon success with these steps. Hopefully my steps will help others out there trying to accomplish the same thing.


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