RMPrepUSB - Bootable USB format utility
Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:52 PM
Posted 29 January 2012 - 06:03 PM
More than that , being contiguous is a requirement ONLY for those images that you are going to map directly (without the --mem option) in grub4dos, so the intended target is ALREADY RAW images, .VHD's or .ISO's, etc.
Actually, the smaller the files, the less chance they fragment. Not the other way around.
Posted 29 January 2012 - 06:08 PM
Posted 29 January 2012 - 06:51 PM
I didn't try mapping to memory a Win7 VHD
Why should I do such a foolish thing?
- but may be you will, given your extensive RAM resources.
And NO, I doubt I would do it, even if I had the needed resources.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 06:51 AM
Anyway, one other little thing- your CMD file to modify BMP files so they can be used as G4D splash screens (grub_consplash_xpmgz.cmd) has a problem in the last line. Needs to have the (x86) removed so it works on 32-bit machines.
And many thanks for making all your work available so beginners like myself can learn.
Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:54 AM
Sorry about the typo in the grub_consplash_xpmgz.cmd file - thanks for letting me know - now fixed!
Posted 04 February 2012 - 04:15 AM
But... there had to be a 'but'... after using the default option it automatically goes to the previously selected section every time I reboot off the flash drive and runs it after the timeout period. So I tried setting the default to the menu number for reloading the menu by putting in a savedefault statement after the Plop checking and loading lines and just before loading the actual ISO (I used 'savedefault 0' to make the default the first menu item after rebooting the machine). It kept coming back with an error about savedefault and then it dawned on me that when using Plop you can't write to the USB device until you're into Windows and using it's drivers. I thought about copying a 'virgin' default file over the modified one but that would be a hassle if I could even get it to work, or editing the default file by removing the first couple of digits. I tried editing it manually and it works, but I'd like it to automatically reset to a 'no default' condition if possible. The difference in load times is so substantial that I'll live with having to quickly move to another menu choice; without Plop Win7PE takes 14 min to load but with Plop it takes 1:40. I've since read all the guides and tutorials about G4D that I could find and understand and I suspect I'm going to have to live with the situation as it is now, but if you have an idea of what might work or even a driection I should research I'd be grateful
Again thanks for all you've already done!
Posted 09 February 2012 - 10:23 AM
Also can overwrite MBR with standard Win7 MBR code (ALT+CTRL+F2). See here
Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:27 PM
- Menu bar added. Only English menu text will be available and the help box is not updated when hovering over a menu item. This will not be fixed as font support for menus in vb6 seems limited.
- Menu bar can be hidden using a setting in rmprepusb.ini config file if you don't want the user to see it.
- Change Disk Signature function added.
- BPB params displayed with Drive Info.
- Drive Type detection bug fixed (reported card reader as fixed disk).
- QEMU version changed.
- Drives >128GB not displayed in drive list (unless setting changed)
Please try and let me know what you think. There are probably still a few small kinks to find!.
Posted 26 February 2012 - 03:20 PM
Posted 26 February 2012 - 03:33 PM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:37 AM
Posted 18 March 2012 - 03:02 PM
Will be included in next release.
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:02 AM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:01 AM
RMPrepUSB does not put any files on the disk when you use the Prepare button and do not specify syslinux or a Copy Folder/Files spec.
Don't quite understand why you would not want bootloader code - if you use your own boot code then it will just overwrite what is already on it anyway?
Can you explain why you want to have no boot code but an active partition?
Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:49 AM
I suppose that sometimes I just want a data superfloppy, that won't boot, but I'd rather not use the Windows format. However, I guess it doesn't really matter
Unless the Windows format is perfectly fine for those purposes (in XP)? What was the big deal with using the old HP utility originally to make PE sticks (instead of Windows)? When I started out with BartPE a few years back, some guide said to use the HP utility because the Windows format was no good, but it didn't say why.
Oh, and I do of course know if I say installed GRUB2 to the MBR that the existing code is overwritten.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:05 AM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:35 AM
First is there know issues with trying to boot in a usb3 port? Every time I try loading my iso of windows 7 the FiraDisk does not seem to launch and does not load the install.wim so i get a missing driver issue in the setup, but if i boot with it in a usb2 port it works perfectly.
Then with Windows 8 Release Preview reguardless of usb3 or usb2 port, I get FiraDisk to launch but it never loads the install.wim i get an error "\sources\install.wim" missing
Can you take a look and see what i am missing?
Here is my file setup:
grldr (newest version)
Here is my menu.lst file
#--Title-------------------------------------------------------- write (md)0x220+1 !BAT\necho -n -P:0000 $ \0 initscript (md)0x220+1 #--------------------------------------------------------------- #--Background/Menu Settings------------------------------------- graphicsmode -1 1024 100:1000 32 splashimage /settings/bgi1024x24.bmp.gz color normal=0x0f highlight=0x9f helptext=0x09 heading=0x0A standard=0x0f border=0x0f /settings/menuset 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 50 5 29 35 #--------------------------------------------------------------- default 1 debug 0 title \n root () title Reload\nReload Menu configfile (bd)/menu.lst title Boot WindowsPE 7 32-bit\nThis will load a PE edition of Windows 7 32-bit debug off set MYISO=win7PE_x86.iso dd if=()/firadisk/au.xml of=()/AutoUnattend.xml map --mem (md)0x800+4 (99) map /iso/%MYISO% (0xff) map (hd0) (hd1) map (hd1) (hd0) map --hook write (99) [FiraDisk]\nStartOptions=cdrom,vmem=find:/iso/%MYISO%;\n\0 chainloader (0xff)/BOOTMGR || chainloader (0xff) title \n root () title Install Windows 8 64-bit Release Preview\nThis will install the Release Preview of Windows 8 to your hard disk debug off set MYISO=windows8rp.iso dd if=()/firadisk/au8.xml of=()/AutoUnattend.xml map --mem (md)0x800+4 (99) map /iso/winiso/%MYISO% (0xff) map (hd0) (hd1) map (hd1) (hd0) map --hook write (99) [FiraDisk]\nStartOptions=cdrom,vmem=find:/iso/winiso/%MYISO%;\n\0 chainloader (0xff)/BOOTMGR || chainloader (0xff) title \n root () title Install Windows 7 32/64-bit SP1 OEMS\nThis will install any edition of Windows 7 to your hard disk debug off set MYISO=w7_73in1.iso dd if=()/firadisk/au.xml of=()/AutoUnattend.xml map --mem (md)0x800+4 (99) map /iso/winiso/%MYISO% (0xff) map (hd0) (hd1) map (hd1) (hd0) map --hook write (99) [FiraDisk]\nStartOptions=cdrom,vmem=find:/iso/winiso/%MYISO%;\n\0 chainloader (0xff)/BOOTMGR || chainloader (0xff) title \n root () title Boot from 1st Hard Disk \nBoot from MBR of first hard disk and remove the USB drive map (hd0) (hd1) map (hd1) (hd0) map --hook chainloader (hd0)+1 rootnoverify (hd0) title \n root () title Shutdown\nThis will switch off the system echo $ Shutting down in 2 seconds pause --wait=2 halt title Reboot\nThis will reboot the system echo $ Rebooting in 2 seconds pause --wait=2 reboot # #title \n #root () # #title ...Back #root
Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:02 AM
FiraDisk does not work with WinPE v4. I have upgraded the Tutorial 43 now to use ImDisk so that Win8/Server 2012 will now work from ISO.
Please download the new FiraDisk files and the new menu.lst from Tutorial #43.
Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:27 PM
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