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USB drive won't map when trying to create an image of Dell OptiPlex 5040 using USB flash drive with Ghost on it

Question: USB drive won't map when trying to create an image of Dell OptiPlex 5040 using USB flash drive with Ghost on it

We recently purchased 10 Dell Optiplex 5040 desktops. On one of them I built a Windows 7 32 bit configuration. I wished to capture an image of it using Ghost and save it on an external drive. The USB stick that I used has been used successfully many times on a variety of machines.

When I boot from this USB it boots successfully to X:\Windows\System32 and then I can navigate to D: as the local drive. When I try to navigate to E: the message is “the device is not ready”. When I try to navigate to F: the message is “the system cannot find the drive specified”.

I have tried using all of the USB ports on the machine with the same result.

When the machine is booted into Windows it does recognize and read the USB stick. The disk administrator identifies it as 'healthy' with an active partition. The file format of the USB and the machine being imaged is NTFS.

I had downloaded all of the drivers for this computer using the Dell website’s Dell Detect program. The BIOS settings are the default settings.

I have tested this on the other new Dell Optiplex 5040 desktops right out of the box with exactly the same result.

All of the DELL diagnostic tests have normal results – whether run from the machine itself or the Dell website.

Are there any known problems/fixes that apply to this situation?

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Preferred Solution: USB drive won't map when trying to create an image of Dell OptiPlex 5040 using USB flash drive with Ghost on it

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I'm having a hard time imaging Windows 7 on these Optiplex 5040's that come with the Lite-On NVMe HDD's using SCCM.
Here is what I have done already.
1. Inject KB2990941 and KB3087873 into my wim file2. Add the Intel Chipset RAID/AHCI Controllers version 14.5.2.1088 from the WinPE 10 Cab off Dell into my boot image.3. Tried imaging using Legacy/MBR.4. Tried imaging using UEFI/GPT.5. Tried RAID and AHCI.
The issue is that after downloading the image rebooting to start configuring Windows, Windows 7 at the logo screen locks up and reboots.
I am thinking this is a driver related problem with the 5040 cab file. If I do not install model-specific drivers for the machine, at least I am able to get into Windows and logon locally, but the imaging process does not complete because there are no network drivers. Unfortunately, there hasn't been an updated driver package since May.
Has anyone experienced this?Reference Articles:  

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I am looking to factory restore my dell optiplex 5040 sff desktop so that I can sell it. It has a recovery partition, how do I restore the system?

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Not able to get the PXE working on 5040 . It will download the boot image from SCCM DP. Once it downloads it will not boot. 
Network driver is already part of the Boot Image.

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I have an Optiplex 5040 with an i7 and a free PCI-E 16x slot. I want to add a Geforce 1070 in this machine but I need a larger PSU to support it. Can I remove the factory one and install a 800w PSU and just use a 24-pin to 8-pin adapter cable to supply power to the Mobo while having the connections for the new graphics card?
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Hello, I have a small form factor dell optiplex 5040 desktop and I would like to know if there are any graphics cards more powerful than the integrated graphics that I could install into this machine. I'm not a gamer, but I do 3D modeling. Any suggestions help.

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Hi,
I recently purchased a Dell Optiplex 5040 Small Form Factor. It has the Windows 10 creators update. I ran Windows Update on it, then ran the Dell Command Update to download and install any recommended updates. After doing this, the computer failed to boot completely when I restart it. The computer would attempt an automatic repair, then fail. The only thing I could do to get past it was to reset the computer (reinstall Windows) entirely. I didn't pay attention to any of the Dell updates that were being installed, but the second time, I didn't install them and the computer seems to boot just fine.
Any ideas? Is there a bad Dell update?
I've checked this list, and the Optiplex 5040 appears to have been test with the Windows 10 creators update: www.dell.com/.../computers-tested-for-upgrade-to-windows-10-creators-update

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Dear  Team


Here is DELL PRO TECHNICAL SUPPORT team

We have received many Optiplex 5050\5040unstable blue screen


Here are what we done :

1.swap memory issue same

2.swap hard disk issue same

3.update bios and driver issue same

4.reload windows issue same


The method install the Windows : OS install by SCCM


This issue only take place on 5050 and 5040

And we really need your help and please reply


I have lots minidump file if you need
link : http://fileexchangerinside.dell.com/Tech/DefaultTechView.aspx



Username:
sean_li



Password:
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thanks very much and really urgent

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This “HowTo” provides information and instruction how to create a USB recovery media flash drive using the Toshiba recovery ISO image files or Toshiba Recovery discs (DVDs)

To create a USB recovery media flash drive, a USB flash drive with at least 16GB disk space is suggested (depends on the size of the ISO images or recovery discs).

Note: Since 2015 the ISO layout has changed and a different procedure must be processed to create the USB media. The new recovery media type can be identified by the names of the ISO files.
More info: http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD4103KB0000R01.htm

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Is it overkill to create both a USB Recovery drive and a bootable flash drive to install Win10?

HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 320 GB HDD. 4/8 GB RAM
I recently revitalized my friends HP 2000 laptop. Win10 Home (x64). 1.60 GHz AMD E-350. 4 GB RAM and it's running very well. I 'm wondering about creating both a USB recovery drive and a Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 per
Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials .
Is that overkill?

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I'm in the process of moving to an SSD and need to create a backup drive in order to repair the BIOS after transferring everything. However, when I try to create one - the create a recovery drive program won't recognize the flash drive I have connected as a flash drive.

I first tried with a SanDisk Cruzer which apparently had a quirk in that it shows up as a hard drive instead of removable flash drive. That seems to be well documented on forums all over the place and there is no fix.

So, I purchased a cheap 8 GB stick (no brand) and Windows (I'm running 8.1 x64) recognizes it as a removable disk. However, the create a backup utility still won't recognize it. I've found some random fixes that have worked for some (such as plugging it into a different USB port) but nothing has worked for me so far. I've tried doing it with the "copy the recovery partition" option both checked and unchecked.

If there's no solution to this wonderful "quirk" of Windows, then is there something else I can do to repair BIOS? Seems like there's not a fix to my problem out there...

EDIT
So as of right now, I tried using HPs recovery software which seems to do the same thing as copying over your entire recovery partition. That didn't work either. However..when I had both USB sticks plugged in the Windows supplied utility recognized the SanDisk Cruzer when I checked the "copy the partition" thing...so this might be solved.

Answer:Create a recovery drive won't recognize flash drive

You might save yourself a lot of aggravation by down loading a free copy of Macrium Reflect, you can make a Disk Image that can be restored to any drive it will fit on. or just copy/clone to your SSD. just make sure your current drive doesn't have more data than will fit on the SSD, Reflect will adjust the C: partition size

The recovery USB needs to work they are not created equal if Reflect doesn't recognize it get another one that will. I can't help you with the other program you are using Reflect is known to work for everyone.

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I would appreciate comments on both Ghost & Drive Image bearing in mind problems with copying to CD or Zip Drives.

Answer:Which is Best-Ghost or Drive Image.

.I used Norton Ghost regularly (once a week) and can recommend it. You will probably find that someone who uses Drive Image would recommend that product. Both do the job well.As for copying to CDs and Zips try building the file on a spare hard disk partition and then copy it to CD or Zip disk.Peter.

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What's the difference between Ghost and Drive image 7? I know DI7 is a back up program but it appears to do all that Ghost can do plus! Just curious,as I have neither. TIA.
 

Answer:Ghost vs Drive image 7

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I have a ghost image of windows 2003 hard drive which i need to ghost to a usb drive, what do i need to modify in order for windows to load after is been ghost to usb drive.
 

Answer:Ghost image to usb drive

Please do not double-post. Please read the rules and directions if you are unsure how to use the board or one of its features.

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-server/986905-windows-2003-drive-image-usb.html
 

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Hi,

Seeing as it's the end of the year, I was going to treat myself to 'Drive Image 7' [I don't like Norton Ghost & haven't used Acronis True Image] as I wanted to back up all my System & Data onto a USB HD that I bought. However, someone pointed out that since I'm using XP Professional SP1, why didn't I just use the 'Backup Prog' supplied with XP Pro as it has the ASR [Automated System Recovery] Wizard already installed. I've just used ASR and 'apparently' backed up my whole C Drive + Data with this, it seemed quite straight forward and went without a hitch. (Couldn't find a 'verify' option to check it?)

Is ASR doing the same job as Drive Image, Ghost or Acronis would do, and does it mean I don't have to fork out lots of money for a program I don't need? Thanks in advance.
 

Answer:XP Pro - Does ASR do the same as Ghost or Drive Image

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I was wondering if anyone knew of a tutorial of how to backup my drive with ghost 9.0. I know it's easy to back up important files, with or without Ghost, but if my hard drive fails (it sounds a little wheezy), what exactly do I backup to reboot and get everything back. Do I have to image the whole drive to get to that point?

Thanks a lot for any help

Answer:Image drive with Ghost

If you want to be able to, just copy the info back, and reboot like nothing happened, you will need to ghost the entire drive.

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Hi Guys this may seem a rather foolish question but considering both these programes are sold by Symantec. Could anyone tell me the difference between the two and is one better than the other, as they seem to to be very similar in what they do.

Answer:Ghost or Drive Image 7

Symantec makes Ghost; I think that PowerQuest makes Drive Image (or used to...).I use Ghost a lot and like it a lot - others swear by DriveImage... one is much the same as another I believe.

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Two drives on system 265GB Samsung on motherboard and 1TB drive internal bay.
Dell installed OS on drive 0 (C) 1TB (slower drive) and the SSD drive(fastest) drive 1 (E) blank empty.
Make no sense to me.

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Just installed Drive Image 2002 on a Windows XP Prof machine with 3 Hard Disks, tried to create an image of C drive on 3rd empty NTFS hard disk but the system says it will reboot to complete the job but nothing happens after the reboot(and no backup image created). I tried to image C to CDRW but nothing happens or is created after the reboot........ Any Ideas ..... Please

Answer:Drive Image 2002 won't create a backup image

because if it is the demo will only allow you to go through the procedure, so you can see how easy it is to make an image.If it's not a demo, apologies, and I'm stuck as well!Regards,Simsy

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I have Norton System Works Premier 05. The Ghost product will not install, saying that the installer detects a Drive Image which must be removed first.

Can't install Ghost even though I uninstalled all Power Quest products, removed all registry references to Power Quest and Drive Image, and removed and reinstalled all Norton products.

Norton Tech Support not able to help, it was at that their advice that I did all the uninstalls and registry editing (must wait > 1 hour to talk to them).

Apparently, the System Works installer is picking up on some reference to Drive Image that I haven't been able to remove. Thanks for any help.
 

Answer:Can't install Ghost because of Drive Image

Have you rebooted to ensure that the DI services are stopped?
 

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I had an 80GB Seagate IDE hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 that was clearly dying. I have been using a boot CD to connect to the Internet for days now. I have replaced the old hard drive with an unused 250GB WD IDE drive and with difficulty gotten the computer to recognize it. I intended to boot to flash drive and use the boot CD to execute the transfer of an image of the old Seagate drive from its location on my external hard drive to the new internal hard drive. But the computer will only boot to flash drive when the new internal hard drive is removed. When the drive is in and I click Enter on "6. USB Flash Drive", I get the ""Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" message over and over.

When I take the hard drive out, I can boot into flash drive again. I have A05 BIOS, and it appears to me from the Dell website that is as far as I can go.

How can I start booting into flash drive with my new hard drive in place, just as I did with my old hard drive in place?

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB... Read more

Answer:How Do I Get Dell To Boot To Flash Drive With New Hard Drive In Computer?

leave the drive disconnected for the initial boot. I have heard from the guy at MyHardDriveDied this is possible when the system will not boot with the drive connected.
 

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I had an 80GB Seagate IDE hard drive in my Dell Dimension 2400 that was clearly dying. I have been using a boot CD to connect to the Internet for days now. I have replaced the old hard drive with an unused 250GB WD IDE drive and with difficulty gotten the computer to recognize it. I intended to boot to flash drive and use the boot CD to execute the transfer of an image of the old Seagate drive from its location on my external hard drive to the new internal hard drive. But the computer will only boot to flash drive when the new internal hard drive is removed. When the drive is in and I click Enter on "6. USB Flash Drive", I get the ""Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility" message over and over.

When I take the hard drive out, I can boot into flash drive again. I have A05 BIOS, and it appears to me from the Dell website that is as far as I can go.

How can I start booting into flash drive with my new hard drive in place, just as I did with my old hard drive in place?

Computer: Dell Dimension 2400 Desktop
CPU: Intel Pentium 4-2667 (Northwood, D1)
2666 MHz (20.00x133.3) @ 2657 MHz (20.00x132.9)
Motherboard: DELL 0G1548
Chipset: Intel 845GEV (Brookdale-GEV) + ICH4
Memory: 2048 MBytes @ 166 MHz, 2.5-3-3-7
- 1024 MB PC3200 DDR-SDRAM - Kingston K
Graphics: Intel 82845G/GL/GV Graphics Controller [DELL]
Intel i845G(L) Integrated, 64 MB
Old Drive: ST380011A, 78.1 GB, E-IDE (ATA-6)
New Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE (WD2500JB) 250GB 8MB... Read more

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After reading many good things about it, I recently purchased and installed Roxio's GoBack as a backup utility. After reading through the help files, etc. and fiddling with it for a while however, I have discovered that, while it certainly is a cool and useful program, it wasn't what I was actually looking for. It is great for if (when?) one gets a virus or messes up a program installation, but it only allows you to restore to a previous state reaching back one week or so (depending on how much drive space you assign, of course). Once that space fills up, it starts overwriting the earlier safe points. What I actually wanted was, whether it be a week from now or a year from now, to be able to restore my computer to exactly the way it is configured RIGHT NOW. So after reading through the forums a bit, it now seems that either Ghost or Drive Image would have done exactly what I wanted. Anyway, what I'm wondering is, is there anyway to use GoBack to make a more permanent image, similar to Ghost or Drive Image? For example, is there anyway to "write protect" for lack of a better word a certain safe point so that it doesn't get overwritten when the assigned amount of drive space fills up? BTW, I use Windows 98 and have a CD-RW but no second hard drive, only a single 6 Gig drive. Do you need a second hard drive to use Ghost or Drive Image? Also, I have Nero, and supposedly it also has some kind of backup function, though I've never tried it (and pe... Read more

Answer:Backing up: GoBack vs. Ghost/Drive Image

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Hi guys,

Great forum you have here, looks like you've helped tons of people. Hoping you can help me with a problem that's got me going pretty good. I'll give all the info so post may get long, please bear with me...

System is homebuilt, P3 850, 1 GB RAM, XP Pro (previously Win 98 SE), running flawlessly for several years. Currently no network, dial-up connection. I've been using Drive Image 7 for backups since the app came out, zero problems.

Last week I changed a few things..... Yes, I had a backup.

First I upgraded NAV to version 2005, then I installed XP SP2. So far so good, made a backup of a working system.

Went on with life as normal for a few days then one day tried to make a fresh backup. Drive Image 7 (7.03) failed to read the drives and gave the error "catastrophic failure". Clicking reconnect gave the same error.

Tried the following, in order:

Reboot, soft and hard, reinstall DI 7, reinstall DI 7.03 update, remove NAV 2005, remove Windows hotfix 834707 (installed by SP2 auto-update at some point), remove SP2. Nothing worked although the DI error message changed to "Remote procedure call failed to execute" (still acted the same though).

Next I got a copy of Norton Ghost 9. It failed to install, guess what the error was (CF)....

Investigation showed that the Drive Image "V2i Protector" service was not loading. Manual starting of the service also failed.

Whew, lucky I have that backup, right? Restore the s... Read more

Answer:Drive Image 7/Norton Ghost error after SP2

Hiya and welcome

Just looked at the V2i Protector, and it says it can't be loaded on the same machine as Drive Image:

Can Drive Image 7.0 and V2i Protector be installed on the same computer?
The 834707 update is this one:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms04-038.mspx

Which is an update for Internet Explorer.

This bit:

Next I got a copy of Norton Ghost 9

Is this a full version that you've bought, or a copy downloaded from a p2p program (if so, can't help on that)

What happens if you just install Drive Image on its own, is that okay? Or Norton Ghost?

Regards

eddie
 

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Given the expert help recently granted to me, I have another issue for any input available from one and all. I had a 17GB SCSI drive fail yesterday which was my OS C: drive running Win XP SP2. I also had a 9GB SCSI on the same cable. I removed the card and bth drives from the box I back up with Ghost 2003 in DOS with no drive marking. I restored an image of the 17GB to a 120GB drive. I believe ghost should resize automatically. It seems restore went OK but I can't get windows to load. I tried safe mode and the drivers start to load but before it gets to the log in screen it dies and reboots. one other small point - the 120GB is actually a new 160GB drive, 7200 running on a card. When I first got it, there was a problem the outcome of which was Maxtor said it was too much of a hurdle to restore the "missing" 40GB. But it has been running fine otherwise, but as a storage slave drive. Help!!

Answer:restore ghost image to larger drive

Oops - meant to ask - anyone think this can be Win XP locking me out of the OS due to too many hardware changes (drives, SCSI card, OS drive size) versus its "mapping" of my system?

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Hi,I curently have 2 80 GB hard drives fitted. i use the secondary to mainly store Norton Ghost Images.I have just bought a new master hard drive, 160 GB. Can I load the image from my secondary hard drive onto my new hard drive without any problems.I am assumimg I can as I have put an image on the old master before by booting up from the Ghost cd-rom and installing the image.Thanks for your help

Answer:Fitting a new hard drive with a Ghost Image

Yes that's the way it's done, are you going to keep the displaced hdd so that you have three drives?

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Hello,
I made an image of the OS and all the goodies from my Raid0 array. My question is : will i have a problem ghosting this in to the same setup but minus the raid0 array ?
 

Answer:Ghost 10 Raid 0 Image to single drive

Most likely yes, unless you run Sysprep (Directions are in the sitcky for upgrading to a new motherboard).
 

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Hello,
I am looking to backup my entire system to another hard drive(external usb). Would Norton Ghost, or Drive Image be a better choice? I am looking for something that can back up everything at once including the operation system, and something that will search my system and backup any newly created files it finds. Thanks for any input/opinions.
 

Answer:norton ghost, or drive image 7 for backups?

i use a program called Casper XP. It works great for cloning drives or data. I haven't used Ghost letely, but I remember having to boot off the Ghost disk in order to backup drives, or something like that. Casper XP works in Windows without rebooting, so it makes things very easy.
 

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I used to run Power Quest's Drive Image a few years back and I'm sure you could set it up to overwrite previous files in order to conserve disk space.
Ghost 9 doesn't seem to provide for this, at least I can't find it in the manual. Is it possible or shall I just have to do it manually?

docusk
 

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I'm currently working on an HP that had a hard drive start to go out in it, it seems to be ghosting the images fine but the problem is, with the Recovery Partition i cant get it to boot from either partition, it just says missing operating system, i also cant get the master boot record to copy, right now i am installing a fresh version of windows on the new HDD so i can ghost the user partition from the old HDD and be able to boot from it, so in all actuallity, my question is, does anyone have any idea how to properly clone an HP hard drive with the recovery partition and make it work like the original?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Ghost/image backup

Hmm, I've managed to it by using Norton Ghost and doing a direct drive-to-drive copy. Both drives were in good working order at the time though. I'm not sure if that would work with one drive failing...
 

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I am considering buying Norton Ghost 2003 or Powerquest Drive Image 7 for regularly backing up on Windows XP home (40Gb hard drive, 6.99Gb used).I would be interested to know the merits of both products from users, particularly in regard to incremental backups and use of CD-RW.

Answer:Norton Ghost 2003 v. Drive Image 7

I use Norton Ghost & have been very pleased with the results, I back up to another hard drive using a mobile rack to house it, hope this helps

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I have a dell optiplex gx260 without cd-rom drive.
I would intall xp on it from usb but when i put the usb in de usb drive i takes long time and then the error: ''ntdlr is missing''

this error cames on xp setup on usb.

how can i repair this??
 

Answer:dell optiplex gx260 without cd-rom drive

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This is my first attempt at using Ghost, so I know little or nothing about it. I'm hoping some of you guys with experience with it can help.

There are also what I deem to be side affects from the failed image creation.

I have attempted to create an image (to my slave drive) twice and each time, as Norton restarts the machine to create the image, the machine simply reboots but not fully. It gets to the point of detecting the drives and I get the "Missing Operating System" error.

Last night I had to use the procedures described here to boot back to Windows. The procedure described here did not work as when I typed in the commands I kept getting "Invalid Drive Specification" and I tried almost every letter in the alphabet. LOL
The possible causes of this are described here. The only one of those that applies to my situation seems to be that my BIOS is not compatible with PC DOS (The option I chose each time rather that MS DOS).
Now to the strange part. Last night I finally managed to delete the virtual partition and reset my C: (Primary with OS) back to active using the Gdisk procedures from the link above. I went to bed, as it was late, assuming everything was OK. All I did was check a few things. I have been entertaining the idea of installing 98se as a second OS (Currently running XP) and got up this morning to do some more studying to figure out exactly what route I wanted to take. I know 98 should be installed first ideally, but I am looking ... Read more

Answer:Norton Ghost: After attempting to create a Ghost Image I get "Missing OS" error.

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Question: Optiplex 5040

I am trying to get an Optiplex 5040 build from a USB boot flash drive, but it just won't even get to the task sequence (SCCM 2007). It's OK if I boot from a CD (but after a few tries!).
The error I get, after "initializing hardware devices" message is: ‘Unable to read task sequence configuration disk. For more information, please contact your system administrator or helpdesk operator.’
‘Unable to read task sequence configuration disk.

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‘Unable to read task sequence configuration disk.

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I am making sure I use the USB 2 ports and not the USB 3 ones. I even disabled the USB 3 ones in the bios, just in case, but the result is the same. The smsts.log file, open with Trace32.exe, highlights these three errors:
"Failed to find the current TS configuration path"  (if I F8 during the process, I can't even get an ip address).
"Failed to find the configuration path. The system cannot find the path specified. (Error: 80070003; Source: Windows)    TSBootShell    25/04/2016 10:44:22    864 (0x0360)"
The USB Flash drive is set as removable (diskpart).
The Optiplex network drivers were added to the wim file.
Any ideas as to why this is happening?

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Hi.I am trying to create a backup drive image of my hard drive. I used Drive Image XML and managed to create the files but I can't find clear instructions on what to do now. Can I just copy them to disk or do I need a special program. And then how do I do the actual reinstall. I tried to create a bootable disk using pebuilder but when I tried to burn the disk it said the path was invalid. It had warned that CD that I got the windows installation files from was OEM, but there is not much I can do about that.Also are there better programs or methods that I could try?Thanks for any help.Edit: Moved topic from XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:Trying to create drive image.

If you have more than one hard drive...you could simply use a cloning program to make an exact duplicate of your hard drive...rather than backing up using software which might have to first be installed in Windows to work.With a cloned drive, it is an exact duplicate. In the event of problems on the system or with the hard drive, all that's required is to remove the Old Drive and insert the Second Drive.Example of a program that facilitates such cloning (free version), EASEUS Partition Master is a magic partition manager software for Windows 2000-XP-Vista-2003- - http://www.partition-tool.com/ And...there are backup software programs which do not necessarily have to be installed in XP to restore a backup...but I have no personal familiarity with such.Louis

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The other day I had to completely reinstall Win XP on my computer. Not too bad a problem as having followed all the advice on here I had backed up everything important. It still took some time though to reinstall some of my apps and re-estblish links with the registry etc.. My question is this. Now I have the machine running nicely is there any way I can copy the whole of C drive onto another drive. Then, if I have to reinstall windows again in the future is there some way I could then copy the saved C drive back onto C drive overwriting the new installation and reverting back to the original.

Answer:Can I create an image of C drive

Yes I use Drive Image 7 but that is no longer available.But Norton Ghost 9 and Acronis True Image is something you should look at.

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Hi,
When I access the Built-In Image creation facility in Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit, (in Control Panel), I am unable to access my NAS Drive on my network. The hard drive on my Laptop is partitioned C: and E: and the only options I am offered are the E: drive or DVDs for Image storage. My NAS Drive is clearly visible in the list of drives in the 'Computer' Display and the content of the NAS drive can be correctly accessed.

Can anyone suggest how I can use my NAS drive for creating a C: Drive Image ?

Thanks

Answer:Can't create Image on NAS Drive

Not possible in Home Premium. don't know why they blocked that function. Use macrium reflect free or AOMEI backupper instead. Both FREE and more flexible. Be sure to create a rescue disk! Be sure to include network drivers on rescue disk so you can recover from image on NAS. Test if you see the image on NAS

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I have just finished building a new PC fitted with a single 80GB HDD which I have partitioned into 6 partitions one of which I intend to use for creating an image of my currently pristine C Drive so I can restore if needed. I have a copy of Ghost 2002 which I have never used - can I do it with this? if not some advice on how to carry this out would be appreciated.

Answer:How do I create an image of my C Drive

Ghost will do it I think - assuming version 2002 works with your OS.Radified Guide to Norton Ghost - A Tutorial on How to Create & Restore Ghost Imagesclick here

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Has anyone encountered problems with hard drives failing in 790's? Had loads of these go in the last few weeks. And conveniently just a few weeks after the 3 year warranty had expired. Slap a new hard drive in and re-image and they're back up and running again. But a colleague said one of them was the second time in 3 months that a hard drive had to be replaced.
Always this model. We have older Dells, HP's, etc, which rarely fail.

Wonder if it's a similar scenario to the one about 10 years ago when a peeved employee set something or other so capacitors started to blow after he left the company (so I heard from a Dell techie). GX280 was it?
 

Answer:Hard drive failures on Dell Optiplex 790

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I am looking at front-mounted 3.0 USB panels that install in the unused floppy drive panel.

These 780s are the desktop minitower version.

Immediately underneath the DVD tray is what appears to be a spot for possibly a second DVD device.
{which begets a secondary question: can I add and simultaneously use a second DVD burner, or maybe even BluRay ? }

Immediately beneath that and offset to the right is a loose plastic filler panel that measures 3-7/8" X 15/16"; I am assuming that this is where the floppy drive would reside.

My question is: on this particular model, do I need the 5.25" to 3.5" adapter bracket to mount one of these :

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DSKJFH...UTF8&colid=I0TKAZP9Q6G1&coliid=I2RET2YV9R57ZT

Thanks for reading.
 

Answer:DELL Optiplex 780 Floppy Drive Questions ???

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Hello. I am new to this forum so I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to post this. I was wondering if I could have some help with Floppy drives on a dell Optiplex 466/l from 1994. I am trying to install a hard drive and I need a Windows 95 install 3.5" 1.44mb floppy disks. I got an image online but when I put it in the floppy drive it says "diskette drive 0 seek failure". So I got a floppy drive from my sell dimension 4600(which I used to make the image) and the Optiplex said " diskette read failure". All the posts online for these errors say to disable floppy drive but I can't do that because I need both the floppy and hard drive. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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I plan to buy a floppy drive for my Dell OptiPlex 755 SFF. And while this is kind of a silly question, just to make sure, do all the floppy drives use the same cable across the whole 755 (Except for the USFF) family? And don't compain about the floppy disks being obsolete. Because they are still useful for me and I have a USB to SD card adapter if you are wanting me to get the media card bay. And I'm sure I will be able to figure out what I need, if anyone knows, what is the part number(s) for the floppy drive, cable, and bracket (For the SFF)?

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Got a problem, scoured the net, could not find a solution. Couple of problems, appreciate any help anyone might be able to lend.

I have acquired a Dell Optiplex GX1 350 (Pentium II) with a Quantum Viking II 2.0GB hard drive, slow CD-ROM, 4MB Video and NIC card.

I installed Windows 98SE on it with no problems. Then, I acquired a 32MB video card. I opened the case, realized it was the wrong kind of slot, so I put the case back together and tried to reboot.

First issue: Received a message on bootup saying PXE-E61 - media test failure, check cable. I read up on this and everything I could find suggested that the system was trying to boot through the network card (no network hooked up at this time), so I disabled it.

Now comes my big issue, when booting now, the system could not find a boot device. The hard drive is SCSI, and the BIOS advises to select NONE for the setting if it is a SCSI device (it's one of those BIOS that allows primary/secondary with choices of AUTO, NONE, and other drive types with cylinders, heads, and sectors).

The hard drive spins on startup, but for the life of me, I can't get this thing detected. I unplugged and plugged the cables back in, nothing. Removed it, put it back in, still same thing.

I am at a loss, I simply need the thing to detect the hard drive... any ideas? I'm open to pop ups if I'm around. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Dell optiplex cannot detect hard drive

Had the same error message...
Solution, Go into the BIOS and remove PXE from the boot order. This will stop the PC from trying to boot off the network.

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hi there, I have few optiplex GX's that were given from a school,
i'm now currently formatting them and getting them ready for resale.

The first problem I encountered was that I cant open theyr CD drive.
I've encountered this before with dell.

is there any option on them to disable the cd drive for securety reasons?

I find it strange to find all CD drives in dell that I've gotten from local schools
are not working, or has the school technitian "broken" them?
 

Answer:Dell optiplex cd drive wont open

Hi Playman,

Do you mean you can't open the drawers to put a disk in or can't read from them? If it's the drawer do they open OK when there is a disk in the drive?

Jim
 

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I'm trying to upgrade this old computer for someone. I have updated bios and such. The bios will not recognize the new DVD drive. Windows see's it but doesn't read any DVD I put in it. I'm assuming this is because bios doesn't see it.

He had a CD drive only before.

Answer:Dell Optiplex GX260 not recognizing new DVD drive

wep, this is problem in your bios.
Tell us about your bios and system info.
also tell us the jumper setting you have...?

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I just received new EliteDesk 800 G2, BIOS v2.09 01/24/2016 and trying to image it. I am unable to use my current Symantec Ghost (v11.5.1) USB boot drive to access the program. It only gets as far as the Ghost splash screen, then locks up. Ghost is not connecting to network or image servers as I am only Ghosting locally from a connected external drive. I've been using this successfully with 800 G1's (BIOS V2.65 07/13/2015) with no issues. I've tried tweeking BIOS options (ie: turning off UEFI, turbo boost, hyperthreading, multi-processor, etc), but no success. My workaround is to pull the HD out of the G2 and insert it in a G1 and run Ghost from the G1. One difference in G1/G2 BIOS options is G1 has a SATA emulation setting, currently set to AHCI, which the G2 does not have this storage opiton setting. Could this be why, or is there another reason why the G2 is giving me such grief. Thanks in advance for any suggestions or help.

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I was tasked this weekend to create a working flash drive to be used on clients computers. There is a new Dell Diag out and there training says to use cmd to move the program to the flash drive once I have downloaded and unzipped it. Program is saved to the C: drive. Flash drive would be D: drive.

Any help, I don't understand Dell's training site. Attachment is what they show me for help.

Answer:Using CMD to create flash drive

I can't read what's in the directory listing. Try doing this command:
Dir >listing.txt

Then post the listing.txt file.

I don't understand the task. If the programs run as is without install then you should just have to copy the exe files to the USB. Like copy *.exe D:

unless there are included support files. But I can't see with that dim dir image.

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Pls anyone can tell me the how to create the Ghost Image and how to install that.
 

Answer:How to Create the Ghost Image

Buy Norton Ghost and read the directions.
 

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Question: create ghost image

Hi, I'm tired of wasting so much time on a site when I have to reinstall Windows from scratch. Want to speed up the process a little since I have to install Windows XP, I want to create images of good working Window states.

Answer:create ghost image

hello sureshIt is not  a big issue donot tak tension.. riteopen Google and search for "Acronis true image 10.0" and download.i belong to a corporate world we do need fresh machines every now and then , Acronis provides a resolution to our problem. it is very good. bi

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Using Norton Ghost 9 and Acronis TrueImage 11 on Windows XP service pack 3. Disk cacheing is turned off on all drives and external Drive S is set optimized for quick removal.

There are multiple problems that I think have something to do with Windows XP using a 1.5-TB drive; but, I'm not sure.

Windows - Delayed Write Failed
Windows was unable to save all the data for the file S:\System Volume Information\tracking.log.tmp. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.

System Restore is turned off on all drives.

When I attempt to write an image of 1.5-TB internal drive R onto external USB 1.5-TB drive S, Ghost hangs permanently at 2% with no error message.

Acronis Error on attempting to write image of 1.5-TB internal drive R onto 1.5-TB external USB drive S:
ERROR E00070021 Unable to create volume snapshot

I visited this web page, followed its instruction and there is no change in result.
http://kb.acronis.com/content/1754

For some reason I don't understand, I am able to make a backup of drive D (which is in the size range of about 400 Megs) onto 1.5-TB External USB drive S successfully with both Ghost or Acronis 11.
 

Answer:Cannot make drive images with either Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image 11

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Question is about a Dell 980 Optiplex computer running Windows 7 Pro.
The C drive has failed. All I want to know is :
- The bus speed for the SATA drive in the Dell service manual says 1.5gb and 3.0 gb/s
- I purchased a Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 rpt 64mb cache SATA 6.0Gb/s internal drive.


What problems would I experience if I install this WD drive into the Dell?
What needs to be done to enable a 6.0Gb/s drive to work with a computer having a bus speed of 3.0Gb/s?

Answer:Replacing C drive in Dell Optiplex 980, bus speed question

You won't notice any speed issues using a 7200 rpm HDD on a SATA II (3 Gbps) port. Now, if you would get an SSD, you would see lower than advertised speeds - as an SSD nowadays is faster than SATA II.

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I recently added memory to my Dell Optiplex 210L, and in all honestly I expected smoke when I turned it on, but nope, its running fine, and quite a bit faster. It was upgraded from 512 MB to 1.25 GB RAM. Anyways, the optical drive has trouble ejecting, so I would like to replace it. However, i'm aware that they have different connectors (IDE, ect), and I don't know what type my computer has. Can anyone lead me into the right direction?
 

Answer:What kind of optical drive for Dell Optiplex 210l

You can determine if your disc drive is IDE or SATA by looking at its connection and cables.

The gray ribbon cable is IDE.

The red cable is SATA.
 

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Hello
I have the Dell 755 OptiPlex large Tower. It had a small 250 Gb hard drive and I put a 1000 Gb hard drive in and loaded windows 7. The computer will not boot into the new hard drive, I have tried everything, including taking out the battery for a an hour or so, updating the bios to the A22 what ever is the latest Bios, I have checked all the Bios settings and from what I know it all looks good. I have tried changing the pin settings on the drive and so on. Tried boot order in different orders and so on. If I put the old hard drive back in, it will boot just fine, the only problem is that hard drive keeps saying it is going to fail. It's a Maxtor. The one hard drive I'm trying to install is the green 1 Tb western Digital Green Power. I have built several computers and installed a many operating systems and have never ran into this problem. It did belong to a business I bought it from. Is it possible it has some pin settings on the board for like maybe raid or something I'm missing? I'm at a loss. I have no external usb's plugged in except for a mouse and standard keyboard. No extra cards are installed at this time. Everything is standard across the board as far as I know. I have also tried cloning the Hard Drive with Bios set at Raid AutoDetect / ATA and it will not boot. Like I said though I can put the old hard drive in and it boots just fine with windows 7 ultimate 32 bit. Can anyone give me some advice please.

Answer:Problems Cloning Hard Drive On A Dell 755 Optiplex Dt

Sounds to me like your boot files are on the small hard drive and the rest of Windows is on the large drive. So both drives are needed.

I'm guessing you had both drives connected when you installed to the large drive?

If I'm right, that would not have happened if you had disconnected the small drive before installing to the large drive.

A screen shot of Windows Disk Management might tell us more.
You say "loaded" and you also say "cloning", so it's not really clear what you did.

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A coworker's Dell Optiplex 520 Desktop is reporting a failing hard drive. SMART is showing only 1 remaining available reallocation sector. The HDD is a Hitachi HDS725050KLA360 500GB SATA model. We are planning to purchase the same model drive as a replacement. I would like to clone the old System HDD to the replacement drive. The motherboard only has 1 SATA port. I have a USB to SATA/IDE adapter (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J01I1G).

Will Clonezilla or any other free program allow me to clone the contents of the current SATA System Hard drive to the new SATA drive, via the USB adapter? I am going to assume I will need to have the cloning software burned on a bootable CD (easier than a USB drive for me).
 

Answer:Solved: Cloning SATA Drive on Dell Optiplex 520 via USB

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Trying to install Windows 7 Enterprise (SP1) on new Dell Optiplex 7050 (it came with Win 7 Pro), but no hard drive is recognized at installation screen.
Which driver do I need to install? When I use the extracted files from:
"Serial-ATA_Driver_FD4R7_WN64_15.2.1.1028_A01"
I get a message that says it can't be installed....contact vendor.
Any suggestions?
The hard drive model is M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 40 SSD
Thanks,
Paul

Answer:No hard drive recognized on Dell Optiplex 7050

How is SATA Mode (aka: SATA Operation) set in BIOS setup?

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Hi
I have, very recently, bought myself an External Drive, for backup. I'm able to copy files/docs across but I haven't a clue as to how to create an image backup of OS and installed programs etc.
Having just read the post re (Teamviewer) scams, I realise I'm now in a position to have this backup, and how vital it is!
So, please, in 'simple' language, could you explain.
I'm using Win XP but have Vista on my laptop - would like to do both machines.
Thanks very much

Answer:? How to - Create Image backup on Ext Drive, pls

The best way by far, is to use Acronis True Image. Worth every penny, though there are free alternatives I believe.

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Can't create back up of operating system on Mesh matrix running XP pro as program says I don't have administrator rights. But I do have administrator account - it is the only one on the computer apart from the hidden built in one.Any ideas on how to make program run?

Answer:Drive Image 7- / can't create back up

I had a problem with Drive Image 7, (but not the one you mention). It was resolved by installing the update to version 7.03.click hereQuote: "Drive Image 7.03 provides resolutions to numerous problems with previous releases of Drive Image 7.0".note: this download is about 50Mb

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I am trying to create an image of W7 onto a new 3T USB hdd.
The USB hdd is mounted and I can manually create files/folders on it.
The attached shows the "on a hard disk" is blank
I should expect to see the USB hdd there, yes?
This is a USB 2.0 hdd.
thanks

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Has anyone an idea how to use WOL with a Optiplex 5040 and Windows 7 PRO
BIOS: 

Enable Block S3 sleep state
Disable Secure Boot
Disable Deep Sleep Control
Wake-on-LAN LAN only

Windows 7 NIC: 

Wake on Magic Packet enabled
Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power
Allow this device to wake the computer
Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer

But still not working. 

Answer:How to use WOL with Optiplex 5040 and Windows 7

BafH,To enable WOL in Windows 7 you can follow the power management  information below.Configuring power management using the user interfaceTo turn power management features on or offOpen Network and Sharing Center (click the Start button, type Network and Sharing in the Start Search box, and press Enter).Click the Change adapter settings link in the upper left of the navigation pane.Right click the network connection you want to enable/disable power management support on and click Properties .Click Configure .On the Power Management tab, check or clear the Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power check box.When checked, power management is enabled on the network adapter.When cleared, power management is disabled on the network adapter.You can enable Wake on LAN for all wake methods or just enable magic packet WoL:To enable Wake on LAN for all methods, check the Allow this device to wake the computer check box.To enable Wake on LAN for magic packet only, check the Allow this device to wake the computer check box and then check Only allow a magic packet to wake the computer check box.Bios Settings for WOL - You can change the bios settings if needed to meet your specific needs. The Settings below arer listed under the "Power Management Settings in th Bios.Wake on LanThis field allows the computer to power up from the off state when triggered by a special LAN signal or from Hibernate state when triggered by a special wireless LAN signal. Wake-up f... Read more

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I'm using the Dell Key Creator I downloaded from Dell to do a Factory restore of Win 7 on my Inspiron 545s.  When I start the machine the screen freezes on the Dell logo and doesn't respond.
Also, I have a friend's Inspiron 5010 which needs to be restored and I can't find the download section where I entered the service tag to get the correct key for his machine.

Cheers in advance,

Brian

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Hi, guys

I have problem with the cd/dvd that does not work and want to make a bootable usb drive with windows 7.
I don't know how to do. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

Answer:How to create bootable Win 7 flash drive ?

Hi,

In order to make a bootable usb flash drive, you should have a minimum 4 gb flash drive and download a software like Novicorp WinToFlash. Install this software and make it easily.
That's all. But don't forget to select ,,Usb boot,, in Boot Priority in BIOS.

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I would like to make a flash drive bootable and I have looked at the utility that HP has called USB Disk Storage Format Tool and every place I have looked to find how to install and use it, the instructions that I have seen do not show up for me when I run the program. Has anyone used the tool or know where I can get some good instructions on how to create the flash drive.

Thanks!

Answer:Create Bootable USB Flash Drive

For USB:

x32
USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums

x64
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

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My PC is upgraded to Win 10 from Win 8 64 bit. I did create DVD recovery disks from the original system. Do I need to create new Recovery media. If I do, I'd choose a USB flash drive. Would you give your opinion. This HP site has always been my go to site. Thanks










Solved!
View Solution.

Answer:Create Flash drive after Win 10 upgrade

If you made the Recovery media with Win 8 you can't make another copy.  HP Support Assistant will not allow it.  Only one Recovery source can be made.  Each time that I have reverted to Win 8.1 because of problems, I had to upgrade again to Win 10 using the FREE option. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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Hello,I tried to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Windows XP. When I tried to copy my XP osi files to USB using Flashtoboot tool my Laptop suddenly stopped working with some blue screen messages and struck up with black screen with the letter "J".I restarted my laptop using the power button, but all the time I am getting a black screen with the letter ?J?. When I tried Ctrl + Alt +Del the screen is blinking for some time and again I am getting the same black screenBy pressing F1 key, I have done Hard Drive memory and RAM memory test. Both testing passed successfully. I tried Boot from local drive still black screen.Product: NOTEBOOK model : HP pavilion g6 notebook PCproduct number: QG470PA#ACJOS : Windows 7Thank URegard:-EDWARD07Hello,I tried to create a bootable USB flash drive for the purpose of installing a Windows XP. When I tried to copy my XP osi files to USB using Flashtoboot tool my Laptop suddenly stopped working with some blue screen messages and struck up with black screen with the letter "J".I restarted my laptop using the power button, but all the time I am getting a black screen with the letter ?J?. When I tried Ctrl + Alt +Del the screen is blinking for some time and again I am getting the same black screenBy pressing F1 key, I have done Hard Drive memory and RAM memory test. Both testing passed successfully. I tried Boot from local drive still black screen.Product: NOTEBOOK model : HP pavilion g6 notebook PCproduct numb... Read more

Answer:Hello, I tried to create a bootable USB flash drive for th...

EDWARD07 Hello;Allow me to welcome you to the HP forums!From your description, my guess is that the program you used overwrote the boot files on the hard drive, NOT on the flash drive; thus, your PC will not boot anymore. To fix the boot problems, you will need access to a working PC for this step in order to create the media needed to repair your PC boot loader.You will need to create something known as a Win7 Repair CD -- which you could have made for free when Win7 was working.  This will repair the boot loader files, and if that is the problem, your PC will boot OK after that.But now, that can be obtained (for a fee) from this link:  http://neosmart.net/blog/2009/windows-7-system-repair-discs/When you download this file, it will be an ISO file.To make a bootable CD from it, you will need to download and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/Once you have that installed, run it, select the option "Write image file to disc" and select the ISO file you downloaded, and point it to a blank CD.To make a bootable USB stick from it, you will need to download and install RUFUS: https://rufus.akeo.ie/Once you have that, run it, in the Device entry, use the pulldown to select the USB stick.  Down near the bottom right, where is says "Create a bootable disk using", select the ISO file you downloaded.-------------------------------------Boot from the media you created, and follow the directions in this link: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/681-startup-r... Read more

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Hi Team,

I have format 50 systems, so i wanna create image via ghost.
actually i wanna create a image and save that another location and wanna run that image make sure that syste will be format.

Regards
Faisal

Answer:Wanna create image via ghost.

Hi

Sorry, is there a question in there somewhere?
What version of Ghost do you have?

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I wanted to create bootable ghost xp image on my pendrive using norton ghost 15.0. PLZ help me

Answer:How to create xp bootable ghost image on usb

bootable xp thumb drive norton ghost 15.0http://is.gd/PmSrvH

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If you have a dell datasafe drive using norton Ghost I will appreciate it if you would
Use RUN: diskmgmt.msc and tell me what kind of file system is used for the
D:\ partition. Also can Ghost access this partition.

Thanks,

Alray
 

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HI Tech guys,

I have a Dell Optiplex 170L with Windows XP, 1 GB of ram. I have tried Control / F11 but it does'nt work to get to the "restore" section. I do want to wipe the computer clean. I was lucky to be able to make a HD backup but the operating system is so screwed up that most programs I try to start, it goes "cant run - run32.dll" or something like that. I tried a restore from Accessories/System/Restore and its the same problem - no run32.dll comes up.

I don't want to buy restore CD-ROMs for various websites, which I understand are still available. I just want to restore the computer from the D: partition.

So what other commands are available for a restore from a partition?

Is there a way to make restore disks even though the OS is not working properly?
(it does have a cd-rw)

Thanks
Dave

 

Answer:Solved: Restore my Dell Optiplex 170L from D drive partition

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Hi,
I'm planning to install a new 2.5'' SSD in my Dell Optiplex 790 (Mini-Tower). Unfortunately, the original hard drive bracket (3.5''?) has been lost.
As the number of (Dell) hard drive brackets is quite overwhelming me, I'd greatly appreciate any help with finding the fitting bracket.

Laborec

Answer:Dell Optiplex 790 hard drive bracket (2.5" SSD installation)

DN8MY = Hard Drive Caddy Bracket Assembly 3.5"R494D = Hard Drive Caddy Bracket Assembly 2.5"

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I am searching for an internal hard drive for Dell Optiplex GX110. Can I use any hard drive or do I need to buy a Dell specific one? Also does it have to be specifically for that year and model of computer?

 

Answer:Searching for an internal hard drive for Dell Optiplex GX110

You can use any hard drive from any manufacturer thats IDE(ATA/PATA) up to 120GB in size.
 

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I recently purchased a new laptop (Sony Vaio EB11) and want to be able to create both a backup image and a clone of the hard drive (They may be, but I'm going with the impression that they are not one-and-the-same thing?) using DVDs and an external usb-driven hard drive -- separate backups.

What are some suggested free or low-cost easy-to-use software programs that will allow me to do this for the C-drive (as well as possibly the hidden recovery partition?), in the event the hard drive eventually fails? My new machine is running Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit.

This may seem obvious, but would the program(s) allow me to restore directly back onto the [new] hard drive or would it have to be done via some sort of external method?

In the past, I had used Norton Ghost 2003 to create Windows XP images. But since this is a new computer that I'm still trying to figure out, I haven't yet found where to change the boot order [which Function key] so that it looks for an external usb floppy drive first. Another thing is that I'm not sure if Ghost 2003 can create an image on an external usb hard drive?

Thanks for your help!
 

Answer:Create Image and Clone of Hard Drive

Hi

Yes they are called both Image and Clone same thing.

Software I would suggest is either Acronis True Image (retail paid software, but one I use on my main PC) or EASEUS Todo (which is free and I use on my laptops) both are feature rich and will backup to DVD and ext HDD, you can also schedule etc

Both applications work with Windows 7 x64

Guide to using EASEUS ToDo is under Resources in Orange HERE






This may seem obvious, but would the program(s) allow me to restore directly back onto the [new] hard drive or would it have to be done via some sort of external method?Click to expand...

Yes, all you need is the bootup CD that both applications need in the event of a full software issue, the bootup CD allows you to boot to the application and thus allows you to start the recovery process off, this will recover the Image/clone off whatever media you have used and will once finished be jsut like you never had an issue with the PC, all Windows, updates and applicatiosn back to normal (caveate to this is the Image/Clone is only as good as your backup regime as to the date of the backup so if you backup once a month you will only have Image files of your full HDD that are 1 month old, so weekly backups are good so you are not too out of date)

Ghost I cannot help you with as I dont use that app, sorry.
 

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i would like to replace my main hard drive that my os is on im running windows xp sp3

what is the easiest software to use to create an image of my hard drive so my files and programs are all good to go on the new drive

also i dont know much about hard drive images but is there a way to compress them i would like it to take as little space as possible the image file that is

any input and info on this would be great thanks

Answer:Easiest Way To Create Hard Drive Image

what exactly are you trying to do?

you could use ghost to make a backup file of your entire drive. if you're trying to replace the hard drive, this would require you to reinstall windows on the new drive and then extract the data you need to access from the ghost image.

you could use acronis to make an exact copy of your current drive to a larger drive. this would make it so that everything would run exactly like it is now, the only difference being that you would have more space.

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I recently installed W10 on a new HDD, and also got a new USB flash drive for back up purposes. Both drives are 128GB in size, and the HDD has 37GB of its space used up for the W10 OS, and a few other bits and pieces. The USB drive is empty, and has been formatted for NTFS.

If I go to W10's create a system image section, it tells me that my USB drive is - "The drive is not a valid backup location". Unfortunately, it doesn't say anything more than that, so I don't understand why it doesn't like it.

Any help on this issue would be gratefully received - thanks a lot.

Answer:Create a system image not working for USB drive

I posted the same question a while ago.
I was told that the system is looking for "hard drive" to do the backup.
Flash drive is not hard drive, I gather.
If I can find my thread, I'll return with it.

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I have had problems creating restore discs in the past. What is a good web site for creating a system image for Windows 7?

Answer:How to create a system image of Windows 7 Drive C

Windows Backup allows you to make a back up of your personal files and settings.Windows Backup allows you to make an image of a partition or an entire drive.Windows Repair Disk is bootable and has the tools to reimage a drive from a stored image made from Windows Backup.I am not sure how your system is set up but I recommend at least two partitions, one for Windows and your programs and one for your data. This way you can more easily define your back up and much more easily (and faster) make the important image of your C drive with your operating system and programs. Doing it this way you have a two step process if catastrophe happens and you need to replace the hard drive or wipe it and start over. The process would be to delete the partition (using the Windows 7 install disk) or replace the drive, pop in the Repair Disk and reload the disk image. Then if needed, recover your back up, run Windows Update, and you are done.Other programs are not needed but there are a few that also can do this, just make sure that you have or create their recovery disks as well if you go this route.External hard drives are very good for storing back ups and system images but if you always leave them plugged in you might just want to add another internal hard drive for this since the SATA connection is more direct and much faster than USB2.0 (nearly the same as USB3.0 though).You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Hi,
I have a new Optiplex 5040 for evaluation for customer rollout that is reporting approx 1G usable RAM less than our current Dell 7010's. Both system run win7 in 32bit mode.
When I use device manager on the 5040, view->'Resources by connection' and select the memory tab, I note the at physical address A4000000 - 7FFFFFFF there is a PCI bus, but the intel HD graphics 530 mapped in this space starts at E0000000. 
I'm concerned about the gap between A4000000 and E0000000 compared to what I see on a 7010 or 7020.
Is it expected that HD Graphics card is mapped so far into the A4000000 range on a 32-bit system?
Maybe the gap between A4000000 to E0000000 is expected, if so, Where has the extra 1G gone?
Can I move the HD Graphics 530 closer to A4000000?
Any help or ideas would be much appreciated.
Regards,
Jason.

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Greetings,

I am trying to create a full HD image of my Dell c800 Laptop using Drive Image 7 (circa 2003) to an USB HD. I have tried twice and received failures about my HD having bad sectors OR locked sectors. I ran check disc with repair and did not find any problems. Re-ran check disc from the boot disc that came with the application and found no problems with the disc. Tried again for a backup and received the same error. I am thinking it is one of the programs I have loaded has a locked sector or one of my processes that loads during boot is the problem?

Since you cannot use and USB device from safe mode boot I am not sure what to do?
Any suggestions? Is it likely my computer or is this Drive Image 7 just not worth the effort. I did use it as a backup when I re-installed my OS a couple of years ago.

Thanks for your help in advance.

Regards,
Marc

"Wag more, bark less"
 

Answer:Cannot create Image to USB HD with Drive Image 7

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Good morning,

Prior to beginning I am making this post to ask a few questions concerning Brinks' tutorial USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10

I am using an All-In-One HP Pavilion 23-g017c (x64) AMD A6-5200 APU w/Radeon HD Graphics, running Windows 10, Version 1607, Build 14393.105, using the Edge Browser while utilizing Windows Firewall and Windows Defender as my major security programs.

My computer came with Win 8.1 and then I updated to Win 10 when it became available free of charge. In early August I then updated to the Win 10 Anniversary Edition.

This is where my problems began. I have not been able to install the last three Cumulative Updates (KB3189866, KB3193494 and KB3194496 using Windows Update or manual updates. All displayed Error code: (0x80073712).

I have run the Windows Update tool several times and it says it found and fixed some files. I have run CHKDSK and it says all files are in order. I have run 'sfc /scannow' and it reported it did find some files that couldn't be repaired. However, the report is way over my computer understanding knowledge.

Now this background brings me to my questions after reading Brinks' tutorial.

(1) If I did download and use the tool would it take me back to the condition of my computer AFTER I had installed the Anniversary Edition of Win 10?

(2) Would that get rid or replace the corrupted files that seem to be stopping my Cumulative Updates?

(3) Once I download the Tool to my USB Flash D... Read more

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Does anyone know of a way to take several different ISO's (multiple Windows ISO's, Ubuntu, Hiren's Boot CD, etc.) and put them onto a flash drive from which I can boot and select one?
I've tried several different utilities thus far - unetbootin, YUMI, XBoot - but none have allowed me to successfully add all my images.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
 

Answer:How to create multi-boot flash drive

Hi,
Are you looking to enable "persistence" (your settings etc saved) for your images?
If so have you tried this ...
"Saving Changes: Persistence can be added to Ubuntu based distributions by using the PDL Casper-RW creator to first create the file on your USB. Then, simply add the word persistent to the append line of corresponding .cfg file found in the /multiboot/menu directory. Only one distribution can use persistence."
From here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/ and scroll down to 'Known Issues'.

Hope I'm not barking up the wrong tree?

Richard
 

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I just visited the HP site and downloaded the latest Bios exe. The problem is though it assumes I am using the Pavillion dv7 to update the Bios when it's the Pavilion that has a corrupt Bios preventing me getting into it. I already tried removing the CMOS, but that didn't work. I want to create the latest Bios for the Pavillion dv7 on a different computer, but on the HP site I can only find a Bios update that thinks I'm using my pavillion dv7. When I click on the Bios exe I don't come to an option that allows me to install the latest Bios on a flash drive on another computer, it just tells me to proceed to install thinking I'm using the Pavillion dv7? Where can I get the files I need to put on a flash drive on another PC? The Pavillion dv7 is using windows 7 64bitThanks!

Answer:Pavillion dv7 need to create Bios on a flash drive

You will wind up with a nice boat anchor if you use the wrong BIOS flash...which to me sounds like what you are attempting...Quotewhen it's the Pavilion that has a corrupt Bios preventing me getting into it.This needs clarification BTW....

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I want to put SpinRite on a bootable flashdrive so I can run it.

I want to be able to use the flashdrive with SpinRite on XP & Win 7.

Do I create the bootable drive with Fat32 or NTFS?

Have looked on line on how to create it but any suggestions would be helpful.

Answer:Create a bootable flash drive with SpinRite

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I purchased and downloaded the SpinRite program file. Now what?

SpinRite is a single program file that offers completely different services when it is run under Windows or DOS. It should first be run under Windows to choose and create some form of bootable media. You can choose to create a self-booting floppy diskette, a bootable CD-R ISO image file, or to prepare a USB flash drive or other bootable device for booting.

Then, when the media prepared by the Windows-side of SpinRite is booted, the FreeDOS operating system included within SpinRite will boot, and it will, in turn, start SpinRite to begin performing data recovery, maintenance, and repair.

So . . . after you download the SpinRite.exe program, run it under Windows to have it create a bootable media format of your choice. Then shutdown and restart the target system, booting it with the SpinRite bootable media to start the FreeDOS operating system which will automatically run SpinRite under FreeDOS.







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How do I make a bootable USB thumb drive??

Past users have had mixed success with USB drive booting. Older flash drives seem to be resistant, and older BIOSes may not support booting from USB devices. But in both cases, virtually all newer drives and systems do and will.

If your system can boot a USB device, and your USB device is bootable, we can offer some tips, tricks, and pointers:

Hewlett Packard (HP) makes an easy-to-use utility called “HP USB Disk Format T... Read more

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Hi all I have a problem,How to create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive,

Please Help me.

Answer:How to create a bootable Windows 7 USB flash drive

This should work. I used it it worked for me. Microsoft Store Online

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Are there any new utilities out there yet that create bootable USB flash drives? I know there is the HP one and then you have to go and download the sys files and put them on the flash drive but hasn't anything else come out yet that does it all for you in just one click? I would think something like this would be common by now since flash drives are so popular.
 

Answer:Utility to create bootable USB flash drive

Why don't you just write your own .inf file? All you need is a really short one to get the job done. I do this all the time at work if I have a bunch of computers I need to manually configure to save time. The good thing with these is you can also make a bootable CD from them too.

Try this:
Open up a text editor and type this in.
[autorun]
action=Anything
shellexecute=somefile.exe

Then save it as "autorun.inf" and copy it and the program you want to run to either a CD or a flash drive.

With a CD it will truly be bootable, but it isn't really 100% with flash drives. What happens when you insert a flash drive is it will look for the "autorun.inf" file, and when it finds it, it will display what you typed in the "action=" line into the very top of the pop-up box. (The same box you see when it asks you what you want to do when you put in any flash drive into windows) Just press enter and it'll run whatever program you put into the "shellexecute=" line.

So your flash may not be totally bootable, but you don't have to download and system files that waste space on your drive. Just pop it in and press enter. Works for me anyway.
 

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Hello!

I recently used a 16GB USB flash drive to create an installer for a new Linux distro. I noticed that the created partition is 8GB and the rest 8GB is unused. I want to create a second NTFS partition so I can use the USB as a recording medium for my PVR, but Disk Management doesn't give me this option. I then used MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition, which did create the partition but warned that it won't be recognized by Windows as it normally sees only the first partition on a USB Flash drive. I even went back to Disk Management and assigned a drive letter to the second partition, but in Explorer I see only the EFI partition (first, drive is formatted in GPT mode) with that drive letter. Is there any workaround? Of course I could just format the whole drive as NTFS, but I wouldn't like to do so until I don't need the installer anymore.

Answer:Is it possible to create multiple partitions on a USB flash drive?

I was in a hurry and created the Recovery for Win10 on a 64GB Thumb drive but it automatically formatted only 32GB and put the data on it. Using Disk Management I could not create a second partition in the remaining space, all commands were grayed out. There was a warning Windows would delete all data and reformat. It did exactly that and formatted 32GB as FAT32. Windows has an issue with creating/formatting FAT32 partitions/drives above 32GB or rather anything about 1Byte smaller than 64GB unless doing it as NTFS. I booted to a GPARTED LiveCD and repartitioned the Thumb drive and formatted as FAT32. I've done the same for a USB Hard Disk Drive at 120GB formatted as FAT32 for use with my MacBook Pro OS X 10.x.x, now is at 10.10.5.

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My notebook samsung np-n148DA03CN has no CD drive I need to install window 7 using USB 2.0 flash disk, now what should I do to accomplish that task? your help is of very important to me, try for your level best.

Answer:Create bootable USB20 flash drive for Win 7

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...It's much easier to buy an external cd/dvd player and use the disk.

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Sir I need some help here.I cant use my HP Create Recovery Media. I cant create recovery media by USB flash drive or by CD.  everytime i tried to do it, it corrupts my flash drive.i tried to reinstall my windows 7 system and when the installation finished and reboot, something pops up like a DOS command for about 1 to 2 seconds and then disappears as you can see the message below.maybe its because of this that I cant create a recovery media.im planning again to reinstall a clean copy of windows 7. 

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Good morning,

Prior to beginning I am making this post to ask a few questions concerning Brinks' tutorial https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html

I am using an All-In-One HP Pavilion 23-g017c (x64) AMD A6-5200 APU w/Radeon HD Graphics, running Windows 10, Version 1607, Build 14393.105, using the Edge Browser while utilizing Windows Firewall and Windows Defender as my major security programs.

My computer came with Win 8.1 and then I updated to Win 10 when it became available free of charge. In early August I then updated to the Win 10 Anniversary Edition.

This is where my problems began. I have not been able to install the last three Cumulative Updates (KB3189866, KB3193494 and KB3194496 using Windows Update or manual updates. All displayed Error code: (0x80073712).

I have run the Windows Update tool several times and it says it found and fixed some files. I have run CHKDSK and it says all files are in order. I have run 'sfc /scannow' and it reported it did find some files that couldn't be repaired. However, the report is way over my computer understanding knowledge.

Now this background brings me to my questions after reading Brinks' tutorial.

(1) If I did download and use the tool would it take me back to the condition of my computer AFTER I had installed the Anniversary Edition of Win 10?

(2) Would that get rid or replace the corrupted files that seem to be stopping my Cumulative Updates?

(3) Once I download the Tool to my USB... Read more

Answer:USB Flash Drive - Create to Install Windows 10?

(1) If I did download and use the tool would it take me back to the condition of my computer AFTER I had installed the Anniversary Edition of Win 10?

That depends upon what you do with the ISO file / USB flash once you download it. I would recommend you either mount the ISO file itself - or if you create a Windows 10 USB flash drive that you insert the flash drive with Windows running, then run setup.exe from inside Windows from either the mounted ISO file or inserted USB flash drive. That will cause Windows 10 to "upgrade" itself, should overwrite the files causing the problems and fix Windows update.

If you boot the computer from a Windows 10 USB flash drive, you will be doing a clean install which will erase your current Windows 10 and all the programs/apps you have installed, as well as your data.

(2) Would that get rid or replace the corrupted files that seem to be stopping my Cumulative Updates?

See above. Answer is probably. A clean install definitely will, but that will erase all your currently installed programs and data.

(3) Once I download the Tool to my USB Flash Drive, what is my next step to get the tool to do its job? In other words, do I simply restart my computer with the Flash Drive still connected or do I take it out, restart and then insert it in my computer?

You don't want to download the Media Creation Tool to a USB flash drive. You want to download the Media Creation Tool to your computer. Then run the Media Creation Tool and selec... Read more

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Does anyone know of a way to take several different ISO's (multiple Windows ISO's, Ubuntu, Hiren's Boot CD, etc.) and put them onto a flash drive from which I can boot and select one?
I've tried several different utilities thus far - unetbootin, YUMI, XBoot - but none have allowed me to successfully add all my images.

Any input would be appreciated!

Answer:How to create multi-boot flash drive

To do it with Win7 and Vista either 32- or 64-bit or mixed, write the Win7 ISO to stick using UltraISO trial version: on File tab open ISO, on Bootable tab Write Disk Image, Format, Write. This extracts the files to stick. Sweep them into a folder for storage when not booting - they must be out in root to boot.

Now you can extract the other Win7 and Vista ISO's into their own folders to use the same way to boot the stick which is already bootsected with /nt60.

As for the other tools you mention, if they use nt60 to boot then you can try to get them to boot the same way placing extracted files into the root with no other bootable ISO's extracted in root at time (keep in folders). If not you may need to install GRUB or another boot manager to stick to boot them - more trouble than I'm willing to do on the 16gb tools stick I carry in my pocket which has everything I need stored alongside the ISO's.

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