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USB_MultiBoot Will not accept any format of usb drive
Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:28 AM
I am trying to create a bootable USB install for Windows XP. I am running Windows 7 Ult. x64. I have elected to use USB_MultiBoot_10. I am using a Kingston 16gb USB flash drive and have also tried a 2gb. I have formated the drive to NTFS, my FS of choice, using a few different methods. ie. Windows format, BootICe, RMPrepUSB, and both tools included with multiboot. I have also tried all the other formats just to be sure. However, when I select option 2 to select target drive no matter what I receive that pesky little
"E: has NOT FAT FAT32 or NTFS Format and is NOT Valid" error and I have scoured through the internet and different forums for a good few ours now and I must say I am just stumped as nothing I find seems to fix this error. This thread comes the closest but I have tried everything on it still to no avail.
What I'd really like is to find a detailed tut on how to prepare a bootable USB XP install with just the XP CD files and a little Command know how and maybe possibly some help from something like bootIce. That how ever isnt a priority.
I'm going to go get some sleep and check back with you guys in the morning so I can keep my head on. If I missed anything or broke any forum rules my appologies I've been at this for some time now and I'm a little foggy. Thanks in advanced!
Posted 15 January 2013 - 07:25 AM
You found a good "base" resource for your issue, but as often happens your report is a bit "vague".
The referenced thread lists a number of different possible solutions, but you cannot put them all in a "I tried everything statement" (BTW one of the suggestion there was to try the GUI WinsetupfromUSB which you obviously did not try) and you seem like having, besides the "everything" in that thread triead also "every" other partitioning/formatting utility.
JFYI you are using two of the worst (not "generally" but "specifically") possible environments, WIndows 7 AND the 64 bit version of it.
My suggestions are (in this order):
- FORGET (temporarily) about USB_multiboot_10.cmd and try INSTEAD WinsetupfromUSBwithGUI (please remember how you have a GOAL and that the path through which you can reach it is fundamentally irrelevant)
- If the above works, good
- if it does not, post the log of it (it may help to troubleshoot anyway your issue as it will contain a number of info about the environment in which you run it) and try again with USB_multiboot_10.cmd
- CHOOSE one of the two USB sticks you have available (the smaller 2 Gb makes "more sense" for this project, though there is no real reason why the 16 Gb should not work)
- DETAIL which EXACT (among the several suggestions on the related thread you have actually implemented (see list below)
The related thread lists about the possible causes/solutions (among possibly others that I missed at first glance):
- UAC on/off
- change in .cmd VER | find "6.1." > nul
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 08:51 AM
2. If it passes, try CLEAN and then format as NTFS + Boot as HDD
3. Run WIndows chkdisk on the drive
Now follow jaclaz's suggestions.
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Posted 15 January 2013 - 03:42 PM
I did how ever try all three of :
change in .cmd VER | find "6.1." > nul
All in diferent combos. I'm going to go try the GUI. I'll post results positive or otherwise. Now would you say that the error with multiboot I am having is possibly directly related simply to the fact that I formatted the NTFS system on my USB drive while running Windows 7? After I get this to work I'd really like to explore a little deep into how this all works.
Also I forgot to mention I also tried WintoFlash GUI and that was just a nightmare.
Edited by Haxzor, 15 January 2013 - 03:45 PM.
Posted 15 January 2013 - 04:33 PM
Also, here is my successful WinSetupFromUSB log:
2013/01/15 13:47:41- WinSetupFromUSB 0.2.3 started 2013/01/15 13:47:41- OS: WIN_VISTA Architecture type: X64 ServicePack: OS Language: 0409 2013/01/15 13:47:41- Getting USB drives information 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Found USB Physical Disk: Kingston DT 101 II USB Device -- \\.\PHYSICALDRIVE1 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Found USB Disk Partition: Disk #1, Partition #0 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Found USB Logical Disk: E: File system: NTFS Bootable: -1 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Found USB Disk Partition: Disk #1, Partition #1 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Target drive selected- E: 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Drive letter of the active partition in selected disk- E: 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Total target size avialable- 15169 MB 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Checking sizes... 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Total source size- 0 MB 2013/01/15 13:47:42- Target space available- 15169 MB 2013/01/15 13:48:42- Checking sizes... 2013/01/15 13:48:42- Total source size- 510 MB 2013/01/15 13:48:42- Target space available- 15169 MB 2013/01/15 13:48:42- Windows source selected- C:\XP_HE_SP3_x32 2013/01/15 13:48:42- Source version- Windows XP Home Edition 2013/01/15 13:48:42- Service Pack- Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 2013/01/15 13:48:42- AMD64 flag- 0 2013/01/15 13:48:45- Removing TEMP folder 2013/01/15 13:48:45- Checking if grub4dos is installed properly 2013/01/15 13:48:45- grub4dos BS/MBR and files are NOT installed properly 2013/01/15 13:48:45- Installing grub4dos BS/MBR and files 2013/01/15 13:48:45- Backing up MBR of disk #1 2013/01/15 13:48:45- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\files\grub4dos\grubinst.exe -s=mbrdisk1-20130115-134741.dat -t (hd1) 2013/01/15 13:48:47- Backed up MBR of disk #1 2013/01/15 13:48:47- Backing up BootSector of disk #1 partition #0 2013/01/15 13:48:49- Backed up BootSector of disk #1 partition #0 2013/01/15 13:48:49- Checking for grldr string in BootSector of disk #1 partition #0 2013/01/15 13:48:51- Saved BootSector of disk #1 partition #0 2013/01/15 13:48:52- Grub4dos bootsector not found 2013/01/15 13:48:52- Checking for grldr string in MBR of disk #1 2013/01/15 13:48:54- Saved MBR of disk #1 2013/01/15 13:48:55- Grub4dos MBR not found 2013/01/15 13:48:55- Installing grub4dos bootsector to (hd1,0) 2013/01/15 13:48:55- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\files\grub4dos\grubinst.exe (hd1,0) 2013/01/15 13:48:55- Launching fsutil volume dismount E: 2013/01/15 13:49:00- Checking for grldr string in BootSector of disk #1 partition #0 2013/01/15 13:49:02- Saved BootSector of disk #1 partition #0 2013/01/15 13:49:03- Grub4dos bootsector found 2013/01/15 13:49:03- Copying grldr 2013/01/15 13:49:03- Copying menu.lst 2013/01/15 13:49:03- Copying default 2013/01/15 13:49:03- grub4dos installed 2013/01/15 13:49:04- DOSNET.INF parsed, 117 files for ~BT folder 2013/01/15 13:49:04- C:\XP_HE_SP3_x32\I386\disk1---> C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\$WIN_NT$.~BT\disk101 2013/01/15 13:49:04- C:\XP_HE_SP3_x32\I386\ntdetect.com---> C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\$WIN_NT$.~BT\ ...... copying -edit C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\$WIN_NT$.~BT\system32\smss.exe 2013/01/15 13:49:05- C:\XP_HE_SP3_x32\I386\flpydisk.sy_ ---> C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\$WIN_NT$.~BT\ 2013/01/15 13:49:05- C:\XP_HE_SP3_x32\I386\classpnp.sy_ ---> C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\$WIN_NT$.~BT\ ...... copying -edit 2013/01/15 13:49:06- Preparing ~BT folder completed 2013/01/15 13:49:06- Launching MkMigrateInf3.cmd 2013/01/15 13:49:08- Adding lines for binifix5.cmd and start64.exe 2013/01/15 13:49:08- Preparing ~BT folder and boot files 2013/01/15 13:49:08- Preparing ~LS folder 2013/01/15 13:49:10- Preparing BOOT.INI 2013/01/15 13:49:10- Preparing winsetup.lst 2013/01/15 13:49:10- Copy started 2013/01/15 13:49:10- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\NTLDR---> E:\NTLDR 2013/01/15 13:49:10- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\TXTSETUP.SIF---> E:\TXTSETUP.SIF 2013/01/15 13:49:10- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\NTDETECT.COM---> E:\NTDETECT.COM ......... coping -edit E:\$WIN_NT$.~LS\I386\AUTOFMT.EXE 2013/01/15 13:49:14- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\$WIN_NT$.~LS\I386\AUTOCHK.EXE---> E:\$WIN_NT$.~LS\I386\AUTOCHK.EXE 2013/01/15 13:49:14- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\$WIN_NT$.~LS\I386\binifix5.cmd---> E:\$WIN_NT$.~LS\I386\binifix5.cmd 2013/01/15 13:49:14- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\$WIN_NT$.~BT\system32\smss.exe---> E:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\system32\smss.exe 2013/01/15 13:49:14- C:\WinSetupFromUSB\TEMP\$WIN_NT$.~BT\system32\ntdll.dll---> E:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\system32\ntdll.dll 2013/01/15 13:49:15- C:\XP_HE_SP3_x32\I386\HOSTS---> E:\$WIN_NT$.~LS\I386\HOSTS 2013/01/15 13:49:15- C:\XP_HE_SP3_x32\I386\DISK1---> E:\$WIN_NT$.~LS\I386\DISK1 ........ LOT'S of copying -edit 2013/01/15 13:55:31- Copying completed. Took: 380.632384906958 seconds 2013/01/15 13:55:31- Fixing unattended section in winnt.sif 2013/01/15 13:55:31- setupORG.exe not found, replacing the original file 2013/01/15 13:55:31- Removing duplicate entries in boot.ini 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Checking sizes... 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Total source size- 0 MB 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Target space available- 15169 MB 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Getting USB drives information 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Found USB Physical Disk: Kingston DT 101 II USB Device -- \\.\PHYSICALDRIVE1 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Found USB Disk Partition: Disk #1, Partition #0 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Found USB Logical Disk: E: File system: NTFS Bootable: -1 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Found USB Disk Partition: Disk #1, Partition #1 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Target drive selected- E: 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Drive letter of the active partition in selected disk- E: 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Total target size avialable- 14644 MB 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Checking sizes... 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Total source size- 0 MB 2013/01/15 13:56:08- Target space available- 14644 MB 2013/01/15 13:56:12- ---------------------------------Program quited-----------------------------------------------
Edited by Haxzor, 15 January 2013 - 04:41 PM.
Posted 16 January 2013 - 05:14 AM
This is the "only" (BTW normal) change made to the stick:
2013/01/15 13:48:45- Checking if grub4dos is installed properly 2013/01/15 13:48:45- grub4dos BS/MBR and files are NOT installed properly 2013/01/15 13:48:45- Installing grub4dos BS/MBR and filesit is *possible* that the corresponding actions in USB_MultiBoot_10 were not carried or not carried successfully (as an example - NOT necessarily applying specifically to your case) because of different paths in the 64 bit version or due to some of the "queer" behaviour of windows 7 with UAC, disk protection and what not.
If Wimb happens to pass by, he may have a more appropriate idea of what may have happened or be able to suggest you a specific troubleshooting procedure, it's quite a bit of time since I used USB_MultiBoot_10, but I remember discussing about the use of a tee command to have steps logged as well, check the documentation, your (failed) attempt with USB_MultiBoot_10 should have also produced a log.
USB_MultiBoot_10 and WinsetupFromUSB are NOT the "same" tool in a command line and GUI version, they are distinct project, both born from common grounds but that took separate "evolution paths" over the time.
Though the basics are the same and info is migrated back and forth between the two apps the are different in the sense that they may use different strategies/implementations to reach the same goal.
Beside these two "main" approaches/apps, there are more, just check the stickies , as I see it, unless you want to take the RED pill :
since we have now several approaches you could otherwise just stick with the one that succeeds.
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