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Old 07-03-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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Unhappy Bootloader Issue

Hello.
I'm working on a bit of a project: Running a copy of Windows NT 4.0 Workstation from a USB Flash Drive. I've managed to trick the computer into thinking the drive was a hard disk, allowing me to install NT onto the device. However I'm not certain how to change the NT bootloader. Here's what I have added/edited from the original Boot.INI from a Win2K and WinNT system and placed on the flash drive:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WNNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version 4.00 [VGA mode]" /basevideo /sos


The problem is this: I'm assuming it's directing the BIOS to the main hard drive, wich, on my testing machine in XP Home. How can I edit the boot.INI to direct it to the flash drive?

BTW, yes my computer (Acer Aspire 5315) does support booting from USB devices.
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Old 07-04-2009, 11:54 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bootloader Issue

The boot loader is looking for \WNNT on partition 1 of disk 0

You need to change the boot loader to reflect the location of the NT system directory on the flash drive.

Look in Disk Management, what disk number has NT been fooled into assigning the USB drive?
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Old 07-05-2009, 12:24 PM   #3
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It didnt full out SAY in Disk Management what number it was, but it was second on the list so I'm assuming Disk 1 if the hard drive is Disk 0?
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It has been a long time since I've worked with NT. It should list it in *disk administrator*. Take a look at the link and scroll down to the disk administration screen shot. It should list the drive number on the left.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d....mspx?mfr=true
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