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Windows 7: Using CMD to create flash drive


20 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 
Using CMD to create flash drive

I was tasked this weekend to create a working flash drive to be used on clients computers. There is a new Dell Diag out and there training says to use cmd to move the program to the flash drive once I have downloaded and unzipped it. Program is saved to the C: drive. Flash drive would be D: drive.

Any help, I don't understand Dell's training site. Attachment is what they show me for help.



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20 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I can't read what's in the directory listing. Try doing this command:
Dir >listing.txt

Then post the listing.txt file.

I don't understand the task. If the programs run as is without install then you should just have to copy the exe files to the USB. Like copy *.exe D:

unless there are included support files. But I can't see with that dim dir image.
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20 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

The faster method would be just unzip directly to the flash drive. Depends on the apps. If they all include "readme.txt" then there will be clashes.
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21 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
The faster method would be just unzip directly to the flash drive. Depends on the apps. If they all include "readme.txt" then there will be clashes.
Tired this, Once unzipped on the Flash drive (D drive) Went to open and run, cmd box opens and closes in about 1 sec. and nothing launches.

"Readme.txt" file is as follows.


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21 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
I can't read what's in the directory listing. Try doing this command:
Dir >listing.txt

Then post the listing.txt file.

I don't understand the task. If the programs run as is without install then you should just have to copy the exe files to the USB. Like copy *.exe D:

unless there are included support files. But I can't see with that dim dir image.
Tried this, "Dir >listing.txt" I got invalid entry. Tried just "Dir" and got the following:


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21 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 pro x64
 
 

Here are the instructions without the pictures (thought this would be eaiser then pasting and clipping like 10 differant screen shots)

1. Download and unzip the zip file to your c: drive. We recommend that you unzip to a root directory to speed up directory navigation in the next steps.
2. Once you have saved and unzipped the files, run CMD prompt as administrator by right clicking “Command Prompt” under Accessories.
3. You must know the letter of your USB thumb drive.
4. Change to the directory of unzipped files.
5. Now run create_key.bat (then drive letter). For example: “Create_key_f”
6. It will take 1-3 minutes to build the key. Type “Exit” to close cmd prompt.
7. Use Windows explorer to go back to the Unzipped directory and doubleclick Bootice. Bootice.exe is also on the key now. You can run it from either location.
8. When UAC window pops up click “Yes”.
9. When Bootice opens, confirm USB key is listed in Destionation Disk. Select “Parts Manage”.
10. Click on :Change ID”
11. Now choose “OC:FAT32 LBA” and click “OK”
12. Key construction is COMPLETE


Stuck on Step 4. Once cmd is open and I see "C:\Windows\system32>, What do I do next.
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21 Aug 2011   #7

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Based on the read me file:

Open an elevated command prompt

Start> In search box type cmd> Right click on cmd.exe in results above and choose Run as administrator

Insert the larger than 2GB flash drive

Determine the drive letter of the inserted flash drive. This is a must, as whatever drive letter you choose will be overwritten.

In command prompt type

cd \

Press enter

Type dir

Press enter

The command prompt you posted says type

create_key.bat D

Press enter

But the read me says type

create_key D

I would try the 1st choice, as that is what the screenshot shows. Since the USB is empty, it either will work or not. If not, try the 2nd choice. This is assuming you have extracted the files directly to the root of C:\ and not into a folder (directory)



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21 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

create_key.bat is a batch file. A series of commands that will be run in the prompt.

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I would look through the .bat file and see if there are any dangerous commands such as Format or FDisk before I'd run it. You could end up hosing your system disk instead of formatting the key drive.
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21 Aug 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by garaboldi View Post

Stuck on Step 4. Once cmd is open and I see "C:\Windows\system32>, What do I do next.
When you type cd \ in the cmd prompt, you will change to the correct directory C:\

based on your new typed instructions, you then type

create_key D

Press enter



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