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Old 12-23-2009, 08:10 AM
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Default Guide - How to make a bootable usb drive

Well, I decided to write this guide in order to help people make a bootable usb drive,
especially those who are interested in updating the firmware of Performance series SSD drives.

For our guide I'm using a usb drive from Corsair and particularly a 4 GB Flash Voyager USB drive, Windows 7 is our os.

STEP 1
First we're going to need the necessary tools to make a usb drive bootable:

Extract the attached files provided e.g. on your desktop for easy access.

Run the HPUSBFW_2.2.3_MASTER.exe file, the following screen will appear:



STEP 2
From the drop down list you will have two options, FAT32 and NTFS, in order to make our usb drive bootable, select FAT32.

Select the options a) Quick Format (if you want a quick formatting) and b) Create a DOS startup disk.

Also through the option "using DOS system files located at" we locate the win98 boot files we extracted on our desktop in the beginning of this guide:



STEP 3
Press start a confirmation dialog will pop up:

Remember to backup first all your files you have in your usb drive, format will erase everything in your usb drive.



Press YES and the process for creating a usb boot drive will begin.

We chose quick formatting so no time to wait:



STEP 4

The bootable USB drive has been successfully created.

Inside our USB drive we find three hidden system files, those that are needed just to make our drive bootable:



COMMAND.COM, IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS files.

We extract the files provided by Corsair for the firmware update of P series SSDs into our usb drive, it will look like this:



Now we're ready to go.

STEP 5

We restart our system and at the post screen we press F8 for the pop up boot drive selection menu to appear (I'm having an ASUS board).

From the list we select our newly created usb boot drive, the update process will start automatically, some interactive options provided with detail in the pdf file and the update process will be completed successfully.

Restart your system and the new firmware of the P series SSDs will be applied.

Update

Seeing some people having problems updating their firmware, I would like to add some info about usb boot drives:

a) The file system used may also affect the BIOS's ability to detect and boot the drive. If a FAT file system doesn't work, try FAT 32 and vice versa.
Remember usb drives with a capacity less than 2GB, will give you also the option to format with the FAT file system.
Usb drives with a capacity larger than 2GB will give you the option to format only with the FAT 32 file system for your usb drive to become bootable.
b) Remember also to enable USB Legacy support inside bios so as the system can recognize your usb drive at the boot process.
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:53 PM
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Default Excellent and thank you!!!

This is very timely and very well done. I was supposed to do this sometime during the week but you have saved me the work.

Cheers and Happy Holidays.
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Thank you for your kind words, comments from you have a great value.
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Default Job Well Done

Look at all the pretty pictures

I like the fact you use a Corsair Voyager Flash, very appropriate.

Yes, job very well done.

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It's a Corsair support forum, so I though it would be nice to use a Corsair product, thank you for your kind words.
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Touche mate! Happy Holidays!
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How To Boot From A USB Flash Drive from Bootdisk.com has some great information as well.
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Does this guide apply to a hard drive in an external case with a USB connection?

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Thanks for this guide, now at least I can boot from the usb drive. I tried a few other methods and it never worked until I got your files here (could be the HP utility I had was not as new as the one you provided).

However, my Corsair P128 is not recognized by the DOS installer.

I boot using F8, choose the usb drive, I have the win98 logo that flash for a second, then a black DOS window that ask me to press any key to continue. After a key is pressed it then proceed to search for the SSD for about 10-15 second, then it tell me that no disk was found, say it will switch the process off, then another DOS screen flash, and I'm left with c:\dsrd\ and have to reboot. I tried a few times and no success.

The SSD is my C: drive, and is usually set in AHCI mode in BIOS. I read in the firmware update topic from RAM GUY, that the BIOS setting should be IDE for the firmware update. I tried to run the update in both mode and no difference actually.

Something else that appear as weird, and maybe a useful thing too. If I select F8 to get the boot selection I can see the USB and boot WIN98 DOS. However if I enter the BIOS to try to select the USB from there, it's not in the
list of available boot devices.

All my hardware info is up-there.
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Does this guide apply to a hard drive in an external case with a USB connection?

Thanks,


x509
HP tool allows creation of a FAT32 volume larger than 32 GB, but on external HDD I'm not sure if it can work.

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Thanks for this guide, now at least I can boot from the usb drive. I tried a few other methods and it never worked until I got your files here (could be the HP utility I had was not as new as the one you provided).

However, my Corsair P128 is not recognized by the DOS installer.

I boot using F8, choose the usb drive, I have the win98 logo that flash for a second, then a black DOS window that ask me to press any key to continue. After a key is pressed it then proceed to search for the SSD for about 10-15 second, then it tell me that no disk was found, say it will switch the process off, then another DOS screen flash, and I'm left with c:\dsrd\ and have to reboot. I tried a few times and no success.

The SSD is my C: drive, and is usually set in AHCI mode in BIOS. I read in the firmware update topic from RAM GUY, that the BIOS setting should be IDE for the firmware update. I tried to run the update in both mode and no difference actually.

Something else that appear as weird, and maybe a useful thing too. If I select F8 to get the boot selection I can see the USB and boot WIN98 DOS. However if I enter the BIOS to try to select the USB from there, it's not in the
list of available boot devices.

All my hardware info is up-there.
Did you format with FAT or FAT 32 file system?
Inside bios the most possible option is USB HDD, did you select it?
Also check if you're using the latest bios version of your board.
Try setting your bios settings at bios defaults and repeat the process.
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-AHCI or IDE

- Tried both Fat & Fat32 (I'm in FAT at the moment)

- Bios version is latest stable.

- P128 is the first drive, secondary SATA is unplugged. Blu-Ray Rom still plugged-in though.

- Tried 'USB Mass Storage Configuration' Auto, Force FDD, Hard Disk. I didn't set the USBb to CD or FLoppy.

- Tried from cold boot.

The DOS program is loading at start-up when the USB is set to Hard Drive, or Force FDD only. On Auto, only F2 can make it boot in DOS. Whatever though, cause none can see the SSD anyway. Yet Windows and the BIOS identify the SSD as it should, with it's full name.

I saw another topic about the problem down in the forum, yet the other guy's SSD name was scrambled. I can read the name of the P128 just fine in both Win7 and in the BIOS...
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What's your USB Configuration settings inside bios?
Go to USB Mass Storage Device Configuration -> Emulation Type and Select Forced FDD.
Now go to Boot Device priority and select as your first boot device your Removable media. Save your changes and restart.
Also did you try another usb port, does this make any difference?
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Default Guide - How to make a bootable usb drive

i have tried the above mention way to make a bootable usb drive. i get an error saying operating system is missing. any ideas?
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Assuming you made the bootable USB drive correctly, you also must set the BIOS to boot from it. Either that, after the POST, use the F key your board uses to select the boot device and select your USB drive from the menu.
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i followed the instructions step by step. i even tried 2 different usb sticks i formated with fat and fat32. the computer sees both usb sticks and tries to boot from them. but i get an error loading os or os missing.
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