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February 24, 2010 8:32:40 PM

Hi all,

I have a USB flash drive which I am attempting to use as a boot disk. The tutorial which I found requires that it be a flash drive for a certain program to function correctly. However, my Windows Vista is recognising as a hard disk, so it won't show up in the program's lists. Is there any way to trick Windows into recognising it as a hard drive?

Thank you,
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February 24, 2010 11:22:48 PM

To use it as a boot drive, you have to select it as the 1st boot device in your BIOS. If you view it in Windows explorer, it will appear as another drive, and you can browse it just as with any other drive.
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February 24, 2010 11:32:17 PM

treefrog07 said:
If you view it in Windows explorer, it will appear as another drive, and you can browse it just as with any other drive.


I think you misunderstand me. In Windows Explorer, it shows up under 'Hard Disks' and not 'Devices with Removable Storage'. The program, Pe2USB, seems to require that the drive be recognised as a 'Device with Removable Storage'.

Of course if you know how to make a USB disk bootable using some other method, that would be fine as well. When I select it in the BIOS boot menu, it waits for a few seconds and prints out "Remove all drives and press any key to restart. . .", or something to that effect.

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