Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Make usb pen/flash drive appear as a dvd to Win 7

Last response: in Windows 7
Share
March 17, 2012 10:38:05 AM

Hello, I'd like to make a usb flash drive appear as a DVD drive so that I can use it to create Win 7 recovery 'disk'.

Thanks in advance.

Gavin
March 18, 2012 2:21:45 AM

Thanks Niko, but perhaps I didn't frame my question correctly or clearly enough.

I'd like my USB flash drive to simulate a DVD drive. Ie when it's connected Win 7 should recognise it as a DVD drive. This is particularly for the purposes of creating a Emergency Repair Disk. - I am asked to create a repair disk when wanting to restore the computer from an Image file (one previously created from within Win7).

Gavin
Related resources
March 19, 2012 2:45:25 PM

youll need diskpart.. it comes in windows....
run CMD
type DISKPART.exe
And follow these
select disk # (find the drive of your usb)
clean
create partition primary
select partition 1
active
format fs=ntfs
assign
exit

Then, drag everything over from your disk image over to the Disk drive, this makes the usb drive bootable too, so you can run a linux disk or something from it too :) 
a c 215 $ Windows 7
March 19, 2012 4:55:19 PM

Making a usb drive bootable is not the same thing as making it appear as a dvd drive. As far as I know, you can't make it appear as a dvd drive, but if your motherboard supports booting from usb, then making a bootable usb drive will work just as well.
March 21, 2012 3:36:11 AM

Hawkeye22 said:
Making a usb drive bootable is not the same thing as making it appear as a dvd drive. As far as I know, you can't make it appear as a dvd drive, but if your motherboard supports booting from usb, then making a bootable usb drive will work just as well.


Thanks Hawkeye, but I don't want to boot from a USB stick. I just wanted to make it 'look like' a DVD drive to the os (Win7 in this case). And as you've said, you don't think it's possible to make a memory stick look like a DVD drive, which is a shame as it will mean having to get hold of an external drive just so I can restore the HDD image to my Netbook (the os needs the drive to create a recovery DVD).

Gavin
October 28, 2012 12:07:17 PM

What you want is possible this way:
I used dd.exe (from chrysocome.net) to find & copy the hidden recovery partition:
CMD> dd --list <shows the device & partition information>
CMD> dd bs=1M if=<partition name> of=Recovery.img

I then mounted the partition image as a drive using OSFMount from OSForensics, but there are plenty of other tools.
The stick drive can be prepared using DiskPart(plenty of pages on how) & the image contents copied over. This creates a full, bootable recovery from the stick drive. But you do need a 16GB drive.
December 6, 2012 2:44:45 AM

Thanks GryphonB, you have answered my question by thinking outside the box. This method clearly gets around the need to have the memory stick 'look like' a DVD drive.
!