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#1 Nuno Brito

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 02:58 PM

makebootfat is a command line utility able to create bootable USB disks for Linux and Windows using the FAT filesystem and syslinux.

makebootfat is the most advanced tool available able to make bootable USB disks. It's able to autodetect/partition/format/populate the USB disk in a single step without any user interaction. It's also able to create disk images which are compatibles with all the three standards USB-FDD, USB-HDD and USB-ZIP at the same time.

To use makebootfat you probably need also syslinux or FreeDOS.

from http://advancemame.s...oot-readme.html


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This seems a really good application to use - unfortunately I don't have a pendisk around to try it out - but would be fun to use an automated (and free) process to make all sort of USB pendisks bootable..

Anyone care to try and post some feedback?


Thanks!! :P

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 03:43 PM

With all due respect, not really new. :P

Please find here some considerations/hints on it's use:
http://www.911cd.net...o...13784&st=44

And a small batch to use it more easily:
http://www.911cd.net...o...=18873&st=6

I may add that the FAT filesystem (I only tested FAT16) that makebootfat makes has the peculiarity of having just one FAT copy instead of the "normal" two, this can be an advantage as it spares some 250 sectors....

And that the "special" MBR that comes with it is not as Universal as it is supposed to be, i.e. though the idea is great, the actual code of it could be bettered to be compatible to a wider range of situations.

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#3 Nuno Brito

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 03:58 PM

But is it only the MBR that can be improved?

The actual program itself seems to have potential - can you detail wich mbr would be more universal?

Thanks! :P

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 04:35 PM

But is it only the MBR that can be improved?


Yep, as I see it.

Actually I have not (and actually cannot) test it on several different hardware/combinations, so I am reporting what users have posted, and as often happens it is possible that the problem was "between chair and keyboard" rather than in the prog. :P

The only other things one could better is checking the actual code one "feeds" it, as reported in my post on the 911CD board, for example by avoiding the possibility of making a FAT16 formatted drive with a FAT32 bootsector and the possibility to choose between CHS FAT (06/0b) and LBA V-FAT (0c/0d), not really a problem, as it can be easily manually changed.

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 05:09 PM

Yes, I'm also familiar with the PBCK syndrome.

Would it also support NTFS, or we'd have to create a separate partition for this task?

Sorry for asking all these questions - I'm really curious about this application.. :P

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 05:56 PM

Checked the posts on 911cd.net - they do date from 2005.. :P

http://www.911cd.net...o...13784&st=44

And stumbled on this page from CodeBeetle..
http://gocoding.com/....php?al=petousb


Would he be available to add suport for more than 2Gb partitions?

:P

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 06:03 PM

Well,
since it is called makebootfat
isn't this a rhetorical question? :P

If the question is: can it run on a NTFS filesystem to create a FAT partition on another device, the answer is yes. :P

And though I will repeat myself once again, it is NOT a good idea to format ANY Flash based device as NTFS, EXPECIALLY if the device will be booted from, WITHOUT a proper way to prevent wear on the device, like EWF.

On the other side, non-flash devices are usually recognized by 2K/XP as "Fixed Drives" so that you can use more conventional partitioning and formatting methods.

Though a bit off-topic, it appears that Swissknife:
http://www.compuapps.../swissknife.htm
does support USB devices....

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 08:26 AM

@jaclaz

Hello,

I just tried SwissKnife but then by clicking on the USB entry, the program trapped with popup send alert to MS etc...
So I immediately uninstall the program. I also notified at installation by Windows defender that it installs a disk driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\SBKUPNT.SYS probably
for its function. The uninstall program did not suppress this file so I manually delete it.

By the way congratulations for your referenced links, how can you keep up to date with them? Maybe you have a kind of google application? :-).

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 09:27 AM

Well, maybe it has some conflict.

Curiously enough, while I can swear that I used it to access a USB stick some time ago on a XP system, I cannot replicate it on the PC I am writing thids post (Win2K), it does not crash, but it does not see USB stick.... :P

By the way congratulations for your referenced links, how can you keep up to date with them? Maybe you have a kind of google application?


No, I have a rather good memory, and I use Google as everyone else, like in:
site:www.911cd.net jaclaz makebootfat

:P

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 12:11 PM

Just to keep things as together as possible:
http://www.boot-land...?...c=10397&hl=

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