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Look here: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=125138

I suppose this also is applicable for Sandisk-sticks.

"I managed to write a 1.5 Gb-ISO to the USB-stick 163/165-type. A Vlited Vista-image with additional

programs added with Magic Iso Maker.

4GB is the maximum possible because it is in CDFS-format"

So the ISO should not exceed 4Gb.

MGE

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I tried this with my new Sandisk Cruzer Contour 16 GB.

Everything works fine except that the "HDD" part is only 4 MB after putting my iso file on the stick.

I tried to boot from the stick and it worked. But i can use only 4 megabytes of the ~13 gigabytes left.

You can use Launchpad Removal.exe to restore the full capacity but then the virtual cdrom is gone.

Any ideas?

I also tried to use LPInstaller from the Sandisk homepage. I managed to get small iso files on the stick (~5mb) but if i try a bigger file i just get an error message that the U3 launchpad setup failed.

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Thank you very much, this solution really rocks !

But when you have 2 HD partitions :

- C: hdd partition for system

- D: hdd partition for data

For the installing process, the USB drive is recognised as D:

- C: hdd partition for system

- D: USB drive

- E: hdd partition for data (this partition is "shifted")

How can we make USB drive as U: for example in order to avoid it to take an hdd letter please?

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How can we make USB drive as U: for example in order to avoid it to take an hdd letter please?

You add a migrate.inf to the source.

Search for posts by me or cdob here or on 911CD with keyword "migrate.inf".

Please note that the "usual" migrate.inf is for assigning a letter to a partition, you will need to adapt the idea for the CD-ROM-like device (that is a "Removable" device, and thus it is identified in a different way).

jaclaz

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isn't a NTFS usb stick a lot faster? Why would you prefer this method above multiboot method?

  • being sure that the read-only CD-like device (and the source files in it) cannot be tampered with?
  • not needing any modification to a working CD/DVD?

jaclaz

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isn't a NTFS usb stick a lot faster? Why would you prefer this method above multiboot method?

  • not needing any modification to a working CD/DVD?

jaclaz

That's exactly what I suspected :) thanks. Then this method might be great for me but I wanna go for speed so I'm going to test further with the multiboot method.

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Hi all,

I would ask if the problem have been resolved ?

I have the same problem !

I tested with several ISO : Win XP or Hiren's boot CD !!

The process with universal_customizer works perfectly and i see my iso mount like a CR-ROM

I have set up my bios.

But i can't boot !! I have this error : MISSING OPERATING SYSTEM !!

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I followed the instructions to the letter, changed my bios to boot using USB, CD/USB, Hard drive and it only reboots from the hard drive.

Is there a limit on how big the USB stick should be? I have a SanDisk Cruzer 16GB U3 Smart.

Am wondering if the gentleman with the 16gb sandisk managed to create a bootable OS in the flash drive while keeping the rest of the space available for storage?

so far the only option i have found requires changing a removable bit in order to fool the system to think the USB drive is a hard disk.

will this method work for sandisk contour 16gb?

will be nice to know if anyone has pulled this off.

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I finally got this method (post #1) to work with an untouched version of XP on a Asus Eee PC on the SanDisk Cruzer 16GB U3 Smart I mentioned earlier.

It makes me wonder if the other computers are not able to boot from the USB CD, even though it is set to in the bios.

witcher - I was able to use the rest of the stick as storage.

Since the stick had files in there, I ended up making a new folder, gave it a name and then stored all the other files in there so I wouldn't delete anything important when not paying attention.

I will be doing more tests when I have time and I will post my findings.

Many thanks mg.eggink :thumbup

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Is there a way to assign a drive letter to it when booting?

My hard drive has 2 partitions - C: & D: - for a dual Windows XP boot (different languages) and when I boot up, the Sandisk automatically takes D: forcing me to install on a different drive letter.

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Is there a way to assign a drive letter to it when booting?

My hard drive has 2 partitions - C: & D: - for a dual Windows XP boot (different languages) and when I boot up, the Sandisk automatically takes D: forcing me to install on a different drive letter.

You need a migrate.inf file.

Search for "mkmigrateinf.cmd", "mkmigrateinf2.cmd" "mkmigrateinf_b.cmd"

jaclaz

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