create bootable external media problem

Gadya

New Member
#1
Using the 'create bootable external media' function I would like to create a usb flash boot disk. However the flash drive does not show up in the list of partitions in the partition combo box.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Did you plug it in before turning EasyBCD on?
 

mqudsi

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Staff member
#4
No, that's correct.
Can you please do EasyBCD | Useful Utilities | Power Console
Code:
bootgrabber /tlist
and copy and paste the output here?
 

Gadya

New Member
#5
Before I received your reply I formatted the flash drive again with a complete format. It then showed up in the combo box as drive N.

D:\Program Files\NeoSmart Technologies\EasyBCD\bin>bootgrabber /tlist

BootGrabber utility.
Copyright NeoSmart Technologies 2009-2010 <http://neosmart.net/>

Unable to get volume information for \\?\Volume{e232a16f-3edb-11e0-971f-806e6f6e
6963}\
Unable to get volume information for \\?\Volume{e232a16e-3edb-11e0-971f-806e6f6e
6963}\
No active partition detected on disk 3.
D0,3,3,0,81964302336,0
P1,,131,2056287744,2056287744,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1),No,
P2,C:\,7,10487232000,3034431488,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2),Yes,NTFS

P3,D:\,7,52427934720,30197321728,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3),No,NTFS

D1,1,1,1,320072933376,1
P0,,15,236172464640,0,Yes,,No,
P1,F:\,7,20974431744,18068713472,No,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1),No,NTFS
D2,2,2,0,81964302336,2
P1,H:\,7,10487199744,3892285440,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1),Yes,NTFS

P2,I:\,7,57675663360,46037274624,Yes,multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(2),No,NTFS

D3,4,4,1,250059350016,0
P1,J:\,7,10485760000,3906957312,Yes,,No,NTFS
P2,K:\,7,10485760000,7683661824,Yes,,No,NTFS
P3,L:\,7,77040975872,49542782976,Yes,,No,NTFS
P0,,15,152044568576,0,Yes,,No,
P4,M:\,7,47185920000,46748164096,No,,No,NTFS
D4,1,1,0,8011120640,0
P1,N:\,11,7994939904,7963004928,Yes,,Yes,FAT32

D:\Program Files\NeoSmart Technologies\EasyBCD\bin>

I then selected the BCD in drive N and added 2 entries. One to D and one to H.

Having modified the Rom bios I rebooted.

It did boot from the usb drive but nothing happened just a blank screen with a blinking cursor. So ctl alt del out.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#6
In that case, I'll need the output of EasyBCD's "Detailed Mode" when the BCD from N: is loaded.

Addendum:

Oh, and did you format the USB from Windows Vista/7 or Windows XP?
 
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Gadya

New Member
#7
I formatted from Windows 7. When I formatted with fat32 I got the blank screen with flashing cursor. When I formatted with NTFS I got 'disk read error'.

Here's the output of EasyBCD's "Detailed Mode" when the BCD from N: is loaded.

Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device boot
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {6c0a3596-4979-11e0-af1a-000ea670c1c2}
resumeobject {1f8184a2-14de-11df-9734-f08c6d8c50b0}
displayorder {6c0a3596-4979-11e0-af1a-000ea670c1c2}
{75f0994c-4979-11e0-af1a-000ea670c1c2}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 10
displaybootmenu Yes

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {6c0a3596-4979-11e0-af1a-000ea670c1c2}
device partition=D:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows 7 on Max 0
locale en-US
osdevice partition=D:
systemroot \Windows

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {75f0994c-4979-11e0-af1a-000ea670c1c2}
device partition=I:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows 7 on Max 1
locale en-US
osdevice partition=I:
systemroot \Windows
 

mqudsi

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Staff member
#9
No, it's not making much sense to me.

I've seen cases like this in the past at work, but they're usually resolved along the lines of "try another USB drive" or "try from another PC."
 
#10
FYI: Contacted the flash drive manufacturer Kingston Technology and got the following:

Please note that Kingston Technology does not provide any support with regards to making its flash products bootable

This capability was tested and although all steps required had been applied correctly, on some occasions it had not been possible to make it bootable.

This is also why it neither ships with nor is there any software available for download that could make it bootable.

You may however be able to find some third party software available for download which could achieve this aim, but please note that any damage or malfunction occurring to the product as a result is not covered under the warranty.
 

mqudsi

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Staff member
#11
Interesting. Do you have another drive you could test?