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clifnotes
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February 6, 2010 - 1:34 am

Hi Dave,

I'm guessing that the HP bootable flash utility might have saved a couple of steps to format the flash.
See [url:3bz7m2f5]http://blogs.oreilly.com/digitalmedia/2004/10/utility-to-make-usb-flash-driv.html[/url:3bz7m2f5]

Best wishes

Clif

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February 6, 2010 - 6:44 am

Hi Clif,

There are several tools that will allow this:
WintoFlash - http://wintoflash.com/home/en/
Microsoft Windows 7 USB tool - http://store.microsoft.com/Help/ISO-Tool
The HP tool - http://blogs.oreilly.com/digitalmedia/2 ... -driv.html

The problem is I was trying to build on the previous article, which changed the read bit on the ie.cfg file to NO. I tried all the tools and the results were haphazard at best. Some worked, but didn't acknowledge the read bit, others worked but didn't always produce a bootable drive 100% of the time. In the end I thought doing it the "old fashioned" way would provide the best results and give the users a little command prompt experience. At the very least they would appreciate that (for the most part) use of the command prompt isn't as necessary as it once was!

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February 11, 2010 - 3:08 am

Never tried this with Win 7. I have used WintoFlash with slipstreamed XP before, and I know the HP tool very well. Seems like I've got a Win 7 Ultimate 32-bit .iso sitting around somewhere. Have to give this a try.

Thanks,

Ron

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February 11, 2010 - 2:25 pm

I am using XP pro and trying to follow the instructions. I purchased your suggested adata 4gig flash drive. When trying to format I cannot change from FAT 32 To the Format you show in the instructions. Both dropdowns will not allow change.

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February 12, 2010 - 6:40 am

XP won't allow you to format a USB drive as NTFS by default. You can force it to do so, though.

Here is how to format USB drive with NTFS.
[list=1:2ws388qy]
[*:2ws388qy]First, plug in your USB device to a free USB port.[/*:2ws388qy]
[*:2ws388qy]Rightclick on My Computer and select Manage.[/*:2ws388qy]
[*:2ws388qy]In the computer management window, click on the Device Manager and then expand the disk drives, you

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February 20, 2010 - 6:52 pm

Thank you

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February 21, 2010 - 10:18 am

Glad it worked for you!

Anceau
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February 26, 2010 - 1:28 am

Hi Guys,

Be careful if you use the Microsoft tool to create a bootable Windows USB flash drive, because when you run the soft, it asks you to point to an ISO file.
If the ISO file is not UDF but Joliet, then the soft does not want to continue.
I experienced this yesterday.

Bye

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