Ok, normally a reply of kind your above post would be enough for me in order to stop any further discussion, any further participation to the forum(s) and any further ideas/experiences-sharing.
However, at least in this case, I will continue to reply because I respect you.
I will try saying this once again only
Take it easy, man: remember rule n. 12http://www.boot-land...?act=boardrules
12. SMILE! Life is tough, we all know that, when you enter this board, it will be appreciated that you leave your personal problems behind, asking and replyinq questions or however exchanging informations with a "positive" attitude, TAKE IT EASY and enjoy your stay here.http://www.boot-land...?...ost&p=42769
There is NO DIFFERENCE whatsoever if there is one, two or 23 partitions on the stick.
You are wrong: the difference exists.
And one single partition on your UFD is NOT
enough for widest booting.
If you want that your UFD is seen as a Hard Disk from your BIOS (please, read: from the most BIOSes) then you have to partition it with at least 2
(two) partitions (if the smaller and last one is not accessible under Windows, it is not matter).
The double-partitioning of your UFD (that's MY idea) succeeds EXACTLY as the flipping of removable-bit does on your UFD from BIOS-side (that's your UFD is seen as a Hard Disk).
My tests on an ASUS high-level motherboard (almost two years old): you could find a similar motherboard that refuses to boot any
UFD that is not as a Hard Disk, then you could perform MY procedure partitioning with only one partition and then take a look if it boots; if it does not boot (and in that case just it does not), then you have to create 2 partitions and then take a look if it boots: and it will boot.
Just for the record, from your post here http://www.boot-land...?...ost&p=62876
The only way to prove (or disprove) that it's "better" than "standard" MBR will be when you find a PC on which the "standard" one does not work and you try with the "patched version" and it works (or viceversa).
The HP tool partitions IMPROPERLY the device, creating UNBALANCED CHS and LBA data and not respecting Cylinder boundaries.
This IMPROPER partitioning works nonetheless on most (but not all machines).
It is not matter for me, and most of all it is not working for me.
Instead, MY procedure (> double partitioning on your UFD) works.
And it works reasonably from really
the most machines out there.
By using MBRbatch, or manual calculations and later Windows FORMAT makes the device PROPERLY partitioned/formatted.
I'm sorry for YOUR batch and/or for other MBR "replacements", but then it does NOT boot for me.
Until now, on certain machines, my UFDs boot only if they are previously and really
partitioned/formatted under Windows by XP's Disk Management (after that you can restore any image backup on your UFD and then it will boot).
Windows 2K/XP/2003 Disk Management (on a device that has the removable bit flipped or using the filter driver) partitions and formats it PROPERLY.
This is EXACTLY what I am repeating and describing in my tutorial: but I describe about the (at least) double
partitioning (only XP's Disk Management seems to create a widest compatible MBR), and are NOT you (or anyone) to have suggested to me anything
about the double partitioning as a way to reach the highest bootability, don't you?
The Hp hack to the standard 2K/XP MBR may improve compatibility on sticks partitioned/formatted by standard windows tools:
You are talking about a SINGLE partition on your UFD.
If you double-partition your UFD then the HP-patch is not longer needed: the reached bootability of your UFD is already the best one possible.
sure, life its tough, and using MBRbatch is more difficult than using the HP tool.
Using an "intermediate" image might be easier:
Simply writing a "proper" app replicating what MBRbatch clumsily does would be the solution, but noone is apparently interested in it.
I think that this way (WHEN working) is at least too complicated, instead MY procedure is "quite" a standard
procedure, most of all a simple and quick-booting procedure, with excellent, effective and reproducible results.
There is no voodoo nor "cabala"
Your words, not mine.
Excuse me, but how do you allow?
Furthermore, if the above is said by someone who usually tells of "magic" about USB booting it seems to me rather contradictory, don't you? (following bold is mine)
I tried everything you suggested, but I still cannot boot from the USB stick, where am I wrong?
It is quite possible that you did eveything right but did not try hard enough, on many motherboards USB booting seems to be a procedure involving some magic
I hate to say so, but it still seems like a certain amount of black (or white) "magic" is needed when booting from USB.....
booting from USB involves in some cases a form of "magic", so do not give up if at first try you do not succeed.
it is simply the method you are using (as opposed to the HP tool) that produces proper partitioning
And that seems little to you?
Furthermore, please note that the double-partitioning of your UFD in order to reach the highest bootability is a MY idea, a MY thought, a MY experience (that I wanted to share).
Anyway, if you are so sure that MY procedure - that's the at least double partitioning - is working why did you never suggest that to anyone before now?
And why anyone has thought, achieved and/or reported any similar way before?
Finally, let me say that it is ALWAYS so: until we know a new knowledge we still MUST stay on the old one.
In my opinion, if the knowledge (ALWAYS limited, until the NEXT step is reached) makes ANYONE less farsighted, I would say to him to (please) read at least a little (but great) piece of Einstein in my signature.
As a classical and relevant example your post here (before to know something more about HP Format Tool)http://www.boot-land...?...ost&p=14607
Well, now you can also BAN me.
Thank you so very much for your kind attention.
Btw: could you kindly split the related posts existing in this innocent
thread to the most related one?http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=7512
Many thanks in advance.