TIM'S CUSTOM BUILT DOS USB BOOT DISK FLOPPY'S


Here are 2 special floppy boot disks I made for DOS. These allows you to install a OS form a USB Flash Stick.. OR a USB CD/DVD drive. I made it for WIN98SE. But almost any OS could be copied to the USB stick and installed from there.

ALL done in Real DOS mode... Very handy disk! Just burn the IMG file to a blank 1.44mb floppy, And your ready to go! I made these disks to install a OS to my x86 Tablet PCs. Which don't have any optical drives, But have "USB 1.0" ports.

BOTH disks have Dos utils to help you setup the HDD etc (Fdisk, Format, SYS, Edit, NDD / Scandisk (FAT32) etc). So they can be used as "generic" boot disks for Dos or Win 98SE etc..

TIMS USB BOOT FLOPPY (FAT16)

I have tested this with installing Windows 98 SE and Windows XP all from the USB Flash stick. (In Win XP go into the I386 Directory and type in WINNT, Then Enter)


Here is a 2nd Special USB Boot Disk for FAT32! Can be used to install WIN98SE on a native FAT32 HDD. It will NOT run ANY Dos stuff (FAT16). So it has to be 98SE or Newer. Again.. will boot and setup a HDD from a USB stick OR a USB CD/DVD drive.

TIMS USB BOOT FLOPPY FOR FAT32

Limitations.

NOT ALL USB Flash Sticks work in Dos. IF the boot disk detects the USB Device (And the flash stick is 2GB or Smaller) you will be OK.

MOST USB control chips should be fine. I have tested it with USB 1.0 and 1.1 ports on Several x86 Tablet PC from 486 To Pentium CPUs. USB 2.0 works fine as well (Even PCMCIA to USB 2.0 Cards). But USB 3.0 is MEANT to be backward compatible with 1.0 ands 2.0. But i don't know / Haven't tried)

UPDATE! USB 2.0 PCMCIA cards are more compatible with USB sticks in DOS than the USB 1.0 port I have been using to test them. So if your having issues not finding any 2GB or lower USB sticks that work in DOS. As long as you have 1 x PCMCIA port / slot. Grab a USB 2.0 Card and see how you go.

 


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