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    How to format a USB memory key

    How to format a USB memory key
    "If you do not have a floppy disk drive, you may want to create a bootable USB memory key which will allow you to boot into a pure DOS environment. This can be very useful if you want to flash your BIOS. Here is a step by step procedure on how to perform this operation.

    More accurately, this page describes how to configure a USB as a Win98 boot "disk", providing a simple utility (HP USB Disk Format Tool, described on Software and Drivers - download Windows-based Format Utility for HP Drive Key or DiskOnKey USB Device, 2.00.006 A) to assist in the task.

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    Re: How to format a USB memory key

    This is really sweet, but is there some way to make it able to read my NTFS drives?

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    Re: How to format a USB memory key

    If you have time to try it, choose the other radio button -- to use the files on the system -- rather than to use the external Windows 98 source files -- and see whether that works.

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    Re: How to format a USB memory key

    NTFSDOS?

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    Re: How to format a USB memory key

    The option to use the DOS files on the system is inactive if I select FAT or FAT32 formatting; if I select NTFS formatting it doesn't even allow the 'Create DOS' disk option.

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    Re: How to format a USB memory key

    Does the right side of this page help?
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    Re: How to format a USB memory key

    Looks promising, just have to find the time to try it. From the description it looks like the program NtfsFloppySetup.exe can be added to the boot-usb drive and run manually to access an NTFS drive. I have to wonder about the details though, since when I booted from my jump drive it was set up as C:, which is also the designation for my primary drive.

    I recently had a near-fatal issue with my main drive and I would have loved a way to boot the system from a jump drive to be able to copy from my main drive to my second drive (both NTFS) before attempting a repair.

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