Ramon asks in a comment on the GHOST boot disks for HP dc7700 (III) post;
Any way I can get both disks on 1 usb drive?
Below I go through the steps used to make a bootable USB drive and adding the files from the disks created from my IMG files.
How-to: Build yourself a bootable Ghost USB key
1.) Remove U3 and Format as FAT32 😉
(You don’t need reformat the disk at this stage as it is done at step 4.)
2.) Grab yourself the HP USB Tools. We’ll use the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool in this ‘how-to’ but grab both for your tool kit.
- HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool – v2.1.8 Rev.A [PCWorld]
- HP Drive Key Boot Utility –
3.) Format a floppy as an MS-DOS startup disk. You need to do this as my IMG files use IBMDOS (PC DOS) not MS DOS and the HP tool needs access to the MS-DOS startup files (MSDOS.SYS, IO.SYS, COMMAND.COM)
4.) Install and run the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool
Point to the DOS startup files on the floppy created in step 3.
5.) Copy the tools from the floppy built from your IMG file.
NOTE: Do not clobber the system fils that you added in step 4.
(MSDOS.SYS, IO.SYS, COMMAND.COM)
OR as we have moved onto the USB key we can use a bit more of the disk space and introduce some more functionality such as multiple network card driver options. A skeleton file can be downloaded from MediFire and unzipped straight onto the formatted thumbdrive — BootKey.zip (MediFire) Link updated 24-Apr-2008