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how to make pen drive windows 98 bootable


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i want to make pen drive windows 98 bootable how can i do this.

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You won't able to put the Win 98 operating system on the drive. It only works from a HDD. Do you mean boot to DOS from a pen drive? Even that is not easy from what I have read. Does the motherboard have the ability to boot from a USB drive? Look at the boot options in the BIOS/Startup settings.

Depending on what you want to do, if you want to run the USB drive without booting to the HDD, you could run an OS from a CD that installs USB drivers (investigate some of the Linux systems that run from CD).

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You won't able to put the Win 98 operating system on the drive. It only works from a HDD. Do you mean boot to DOS from a pen drive? Even that is not easy from what I have read. Does the motherboard have the ability to boot from a USB drive? Look at the boot options in the BIOS/Startup settings.

Depending on what you want to do, if you want to run the USB drive without booting to the HDD, you could run an OS from a CD that installs USB drivers (investigate some of the Linux systems that run from CD).

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yes i want to boot to DOS from a pen drive, if i copy windows 98 bootable files on pen drive so does it works or not i just want to know. i think there is some provision to boot to DOS from pen drive but for this i need ur help

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As I said, your computer needs to be able to boot from a USB drive, see steps 5 and 6 here:
http://www.weethet.nl/english/hardwa...omusbstick.php
If you can boot to one of those drives and you know DOS very well you can try the first steps.

HP have a program, I tried it, but ran out of time testing it:
http://www.bay-wolf.com/usbmemstick.htm

Again, if you just want to "use" the drive without booting to the hard drive, I think you would probably find it easier to boot to a CD with an operating system that has drivers to run the USB system.

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Originally Posted by mattman View Post
As I said, your computer needs to be able to boot from a USB drive, see steps 5 and 6 here:
http://www.weethet.nl/english/hardwa...omusbstick.php
If you can boot to one of those drives and you know DOS very well you can try the first steps.

HP have a program, I tried it, but ran out of time testing it:
http://www.bay-wolf.com/usbmemstick.htm

Again, if you just want to "use" the drive without booting to the hard drive, I think you would probably find it easier to boot to a CD with an operating system that has drivers to run the USB system.

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I tried the second link which u have provided me but when i checked the pen drive it is not showing me any files even i have selected radial button show hidden files and folders from tools, Folder options .One think i have noticed that when i copy the win98 bootable files on pen drive it was giving me one prompt "Do u want to replace this file

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what about on a newer computer that will power up the usb device before startup as opposed to older computers that will not allow this and only power the usb through windows ?

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visionof, I am not sure if you asking the question of me.

Yes, USB can be enabled "pre-OS", it's main use was originally to run USB keyboards. To boot to a USB device, it needs to be available in the startup Boot Sequence. You may be able to set the Boot Sequence to the Floppy Drive, CD/DVD Drive, Hard Disk Drive, SCSI Controller, etc, but to boot to a USB device, it will need to be listed.

The operating system needs to have drivers to run USB. For example, Windows XP has built-in drivers for the USB Controllers, Windows 98 does not and USB Controller drivers need to be installed to make USB work. To get USB to work under Win 98 you need to install the motherboard chipset drivers or specific USB Controller drivers from the motherboard drivers CD.

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hi Mattman

I tried this in windows xp system but in command prompt it is showing me only those files which are in pen drive.I am unable to open NTFS partition in command prompt.Is there any file i have to copy in pen drive for accessing NTFS Partiton.

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visionof, I am not sure if you asking the question of me.

Yes, USB can be enabled "pre-OS", it's main use was originally to run USB keyboards. To boot to a USB device, it needs to be available in the startup Boot Sequence. You may be able to set the Boot Sequence to the Floppy Drive, CD/DVD Drive, Hard Disk Drive, SCSI Controller, etc, but to boot to a USB device, it will need to be listed.

The operating system needs to have drivers to run USB. For example, Windows XP has built-in drivers for the USB Controllers, Windows 98 does not and USB Controller drivers need to be installed to make USB work. To get USB to work under Win 98 you need to install the motherboard chipset drivers or specific USB Controller drivers from the motherboard drivers CD.

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Now you want to read NTFS, how could I guess?

Haven't looked very hard, try:
http://www.bootdisk.com/ntfs.htm

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Now you want to read NTFS, how could I guess?

Haven't looked very hard, try:
http://www.bootdisk.com/ntfs.htm

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i checked the below link and downloaded NTFS4DOS UTILITY and copied that utility in my pen drive. When i restarted the system and boot from USB pen drive it is showing me windows 98 logo and thereafter it comes with the command prompt e.g c:\> when i check the contents of c drive it is showing me the files and folders which i have copied in my pen drive even copying NTFS4DOS driver doesn't work . Can u plz check at ur end why it is not showing me the NTFS Partitions

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I can only point you to the instructions:
http://www.free-av.com/documents/pro...os_pers_en.pdf
You install the program on Windows, then run it to make a boot disk. It will make a bootable USB stick, so try that. If would not work, it looks like you could edit the Autoexec.bat and Config.sys files in the original boot files to load the drivers for the NTFS reader.

There was also a Method 2 at the bootdisk.com website.

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