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Windows 7: MS-DOS Bootable Flash Drive - Create

14 Dec 2009   #9
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 
MS-DOS Bootable Flash Drive - Create

How to Make a MS-DOS Bootable Flash Drive



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26 May 2010   #10
GerryR

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Question - I have unused flash drives from 2 GB to 32 GB - 2,4,8,16,32. There's no point in wasting a large capacity flash drive if a smaller one will do. How large a flash drive will I need?

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26 May 2010   #11
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hell Gerry,

I do not know the exact size, but these files will not take up much space at all. You should be more than fine using the smallest 2GB USB stick.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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30 May 2010   #12
GerryR

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks Brink,

I have discovered, assuming that my source is correct, that one can actually use a 256 MB flash drive. To my knowledge, flash drives of that size haven't been manufactured recently.

Gerry
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30 May 2010   #13
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GerryR View Post
Thanks Brink,

I have discovered, assuming that my source is correct, that one can actually use a 256 MB flash drive. To my knowledge, flash drives of that size haven't been manufactured recently.

Gerry
You might search eBay for them. I bought 20 of them when the Fry's electronic's store was closing them out for $ 1.99 each Gave a bunch away to friends with some of my favorite Free Utilities on them.
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30 May 2010   #14
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GerryR View Post
Thanks Brink,

I have discovered, assuming that my source is correct, that one can actually use a 256 MB flash drive. To my knowledge, flash drives of that size haven't been manufactured recently.

Gerry
You're welcome Gerry. Yeah, it will be harder to find those sizes anymore.
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31 May 2010   #15
GerryR

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Doc Brown,

Thanks fpr the info, but it's easier to pop over to my local MicroCenter and spend $5.99 on 2GB's, of which I now have quite a few. That kind of sounds like a one-timer.

Gerry
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22 Feb 2011   #16
BajolCool

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Nice tut, very usefull for me
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06 Apr 2011   #17
DystopiaPimp

Win7 Home Premuim 64
 
 

The "Cteate an MS-DOS startup disk" option is disabled for me. I have been searching like crazy, but it seems no-one else has encountered this issue.

EDIT:

Just tried on my Windows 7 32 Laptop - same thing, the option is greyed out.
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06 Jun 2011   #18
chickenmatt5

Windows 7 Starter 32bit
 
 

I doubt this will get any replies, and I bet this is a very stupid question, but will any of this threaten the version of Windows 7 installed on my computer?
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06 Jun 2011   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Matt,

No, since you will only be creating a bootable USB flash drive that is used to boot into MS-DOS with.

Now, what you do after you boot into MS-DOS with the bootable USB flash drive could very well affect your installed Windows 7. Say if you format your Windows 7 drive while in MS-DOS.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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