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Windows 7: Is it possible to set an active partition on USB flash?

30 Nov 2010   #11
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Have you considered looking for free alternatives? Active Boot seems a bit expensive for what it does.
It's paid for itself 100 time over already, because I use it also with customer computers, so that I can continue on my merry way with data recovery while I'm formatting and re-installing their systems. (Acronis allows the hard disk images that it has created to be mounted as virtual drives in Windows, similar to what programs like Alcohol 52% does with DVD ISO images)

Great time saver, really.


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30 Nov 2010   #12
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

What Recovery manager? Isnt this a simple case of creating a bootable drive which can also be used for storage? If yes, theres a simple, free way of going about it. I hope the OP tries it out and if satisfied, stick to it.
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30 Nov 2010   #13
Dzomlija

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
What Recovery manager? Isnt this a simple case of creating a bootable drive which can also be used for storage? If yes, theres a simple, free way of going about it. I hope the OP tries it out and if satisfied, stick to it.
The op wants to use a program called "Active Boot", which I don't have, so I was using Acronis Recovery Manager as an example of having to sometimes hide files on the bootable USB media after it was created...
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30 Nov 2010   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
It's paid for itself 100 time over already, because I use it also with customer computers, so that I can continue on my merry way with data recovery while I'm formatting and re-installing their systems. (Acronis allows the hard disk images that it has created to be mounted as virtual drives in Windows, similar to what programs like Alcohol 52% does with DVD ISO images)
I meant the Active Boot app. I am a happy Acronis user myself.
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30 Nov 2010   #15
craney5

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Thanks guys for your help, i managed to create an active partiton using diskpart in the CMD prompt. Very simple really didnt realize just how easy it was . managed to boot active boot now with no issues on my vista laptop but windows 7 dont like it .

I might just stick with macrium anyway as its never let me down reinstalling an image, the only downside to it is you can only reinstall 1 partition at a time
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30 Nov 2010   #16
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

From what I've read about Active Boot, I wouldn't call them comparable at all. They seem to do entirely different tasks. If drive imaging and restoration is what you want, and you were willing to pay for Active Boot, then just get Acronis True Image Home. It's cheaper, and also lets me save and restoring images across my network, even from the boot disc/flash drive.
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30 Nov 2010   #17
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Even if you make the drive bootable, you can use it for storage. You dont need to boot from the drive every time, only when you need to.

Correct. For several years I've been carrying around in my pocket the same Kingston Data Traveler retractable USB stick with Win7 and Vista bootable installers, XP 9-in-1 and several dozen other tools I use for repairs and installs.

When I need to boot Win7 or Vista, I simply spill it's installer files out into the root of the HD and boot from the stick. I keep them in folders otherwise so I don't accidentally delete them.

The tool I use which always works to make the stick bootable is UltraISO trial version: from File tab Open ISO, on Bootable tab Write Image File, Format button, then Write button. Doesn't get any simpler.
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30 Nov 2010   #18
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

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The tool I use which always works to make the stick bootable is UltraISO trial version
The one I've used with great satisfaction and also frequently recommend is the HP disk storage format utility.

HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

Its also very handy to format stubborn usb drives that windows disk management doesnt work on.
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