Problem booting from USB stick

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jwright Posts 3 Registration date Wednesday April 10, 2013 Status Member Last seen April 11, 2013 - Apr 10, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Zohaib R Posts 2368 Registration date Sunday September 23, 2012 Status Member Last seen December 13, 2018 - Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Hi,

I've got an old desktop computer running on XP. Since the past week or so I have been getting a BSOD (UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME). I've still got the original installation CD, but the CD-ROM drive appears to be busted.

Using WintoFlash on another computer, I managed to transfer the necessary Windows files to an USB stick so that I could boot up the desktop to Recovery Console.

It appears that the BIOS does support booting from an USB device, but the only supported ones are USB-ZIP, USB-FDD and USB-CDROM. However, the stick apparently is USB-HDD, so doesn't boot.

I realise that there's not much that can be done, but I was wondering if there is some way to make this work.

By the way, it's a Phoenix/Award BIOS, and I read somewhere that the USB stick should boot using USB-ZIP. Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
Joonas

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Zohaib R Posts 2368 Registration date Sunday September 23, 2012 Status Member Last seen December 13, 2018 69
Apr 11, 2013 at 01:50 AM
Hi Joonas,

I would like to know the exact Model Number (or Make) of the Motherboard in your computer. Also, please check the below mentioned link and ensure you are not missing on any of the steps mentioned in the link:

https://ccm.net/computing/windows/843-create-a-bootable-usb-drive/

Please do write back to us.
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jwright Posts 3 Registration date Wednesday April 10, 2013 Status Member Last seen April 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013 at 04:15 AM
Thanks Zohaib,

I'll look into it later today and let you know if this was any help.

Best regards,
Joonas
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Zohaib R Posts 2368 Registration date Sunday September 23, 2012 Status Member Last seen December 13, 2018 69
Apr 11, 2013 at 05:25 AM
Hi Joonas,

I will await your response. Do reply with results as this will help other users also.

Thanks & Regards
Zohaib R
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jwright Posts 3 Registration date Wednesday April 10, 2013 Status Member Last seen April 11, 2013
Apr 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Hi Zohaib,

Unfortunately, this didn't help either. As I said earlier, the problem is probably the BIOS not supporting all USB devices.

Regards,
Joonas
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Zohaib R Posts 2368 Registration date Sunday September 23, 2012 Status Member Last seen December 13, 2018 69
Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Hi Joonas,

Please let me know the exact Model Number including the manufacturer of the motherboard.
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