Plug a flash drive into an XP box, run diskpart from the command prompt and:
- list disk [Enter]
Because of that, we now have a method of creating a bootable USB Flash drive with very little grief for our WinPE environment.
The previous method still could still be used: System Builder Tip: Creating a Bootable USB Drive (previous blog post).
Here is the process:
- On a Vista system plug in the USB flash drive to an available USB port (ReadyBoost compatible is best)
- Start-->diskpart [Enter] (UAC Prompt)
- list disk (USB flash drive will show in the list - Disk 1 for this example)
- sel disk 1
- create par primary
- sel par 1
- format fs=fat32 quick (note that USB HDDs will need to be NTFS)
We now have an active partition formatted with the FAT32 files system on the USB Flash drive.Setup of 2GB Flash Drive for WinPE Boot
From there we can copy the DOS system files onto it for the minimal memory setup required by a BIOS update, or we can copy the WinPE boot files and WinPE boot image onto it to boot to WinPE.
Things just got a little simpler. :)
UPDATE 2010-02-04: Added the "Assign" and "Quick" to the above steps. One to get the drive letter and the other to avoid a long wait for the format.
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