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Windows 7: Bootable Flash Drive

18 Mar 2012   #1

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Bootable Flash Drive

Hi Folks,
I have a 4GB Flash Drive, if I make it bootable, will their be any trouble in storing other data at the same time. I intend using it for installing Windows 7 and as Acronis Recovery, but not both installed at the same time.


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18 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

With YUMI - Multiboot USB creator (Windows) http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-mu...t-usb-creator/ one can pack as many bootable ISOs as can fit into the pendrive and one can also use any leftover space for storing any data.

But from a practical standpoint, it is preferable to have one pendrive exclusively for running bootable ISOs and other pendrives for data.

I periodically recreate my multiboot pendrive to make sure that it operates without any problems. Since the pendrive is formatted everytime I recreate it, I do not store any data on it.

Now I am thinking of using the USB Image Tool USB Image Tool | Portable USB Pen Drive Applications to image my multiboot pendrive. Instead of recreating the multiboot pendrive, I can simply restore tthe image should I encounter any problem with the multiboot pendrive.

If this starategy works fine, and if one periodically backs up the pendrive then one can store any data also safely on the bootable pendrive.
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18 Mar 2012   #3

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi jumanji,
am I correct in saying, my flash drive should have the files it contains transferred to another location then make it bootable. Then add the files for whatever I intend using it for. When done, format it and replace the files it contained.
This is the method I found to make a flash drive bootable. How to format a USB memory key.pdf


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18 Mar 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

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I am still not clear. Do you want to put the .iso on the pen drive so that you can install from the pen drive in lieu of a DVD -

or do you want to install a running Windows 7 system on the drive so that you can boot from it and run Windows 7 from the pen drive.

But in both cases, 4GB is too small. An iso may barely fit, but a running system needs a 16GB drive.
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18 Mar 2012   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
I intend using it for installing Windows 7 and as Acronis Recovery, but not both installed at the same time.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I am still not clear. Do you want to put the .iso on the pen drive so that you can install from the pen drive in lieu of a DVD -

or do you want to install a running Windows 7 system on the drive so that you can boot from it and run Windows 7 from the pen drive.
Just as in my first post.
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18 Mar 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, " For installing Windows 7 " could mean that you want to install Windows 7 on it - or, you want to use it to install Windows 7.
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18 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
Hi jumanji,
am I correct in saying, my flash drive should have the files it contains transferred to another location then make it bootable. Then add the files for whatever I intend using it for. When done, format it and replace the files it contained.
This is the method I found to make a flash drive bootable. Attachment 203390
The bootable pendrive you have referenced is a bootable DOS pendrive to boot into DOS and has only limited usage.

You can use it to run a bootable ISO but only one bootable ISO. For this you can use Rufus Rufus - Create bootable USB drives .The first time and then everytime you want to create it with another bootable ISO, it will format your pendrive. So naturally you have to backup any data you have stored on it before doing that.

YUMI is Linux based and you can run multiple bootable ISOs from a menu. You shall start with a FAT32 formatted pendrive the first time or the program itself checked to format it. And naturally you have to backup any data that you may already have on the pendrive or you will lose it while formatting..

No formatting needed for subsequent addition of bootable ISOs. So any data you have stored may remain there.

Screenshots of my YUMI pendrive:

Bootable Flash Drive-multibootisos.jpg

Bootable Flash Drive-menulist.jpg

Hope this clarifies your doubts.


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19 Mar 2012   #8

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

jumanji

I tried my method as in my previous post and did get Acronis to work but not Windows 7. I then reformatted my pendrive, returned my files. I then used your link to backup my pendrive. By this time it was 0300hrs so I went to bed and will try YUMI later today.
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