no boot sector on HDD trouble :(
Forum: USB booting
Topic: no boot sector on HDD trouble :(
started by: thyscorpion
Posted by thyscorpion on Mar. 09 2007,09:01Hi,
i have tried addressing this from a Linux distro (Mepis) and from a XP Pro aswell!
i just can't seem to get my 128MB Pen Drive to Boot with DSL
In windows after doing everything instructed in the < pendrivelinux website >
even the makeboot.exe command which runs successfully, when i boot with my USB drive on my Dell inspiron5150
it gives me the following error after about 15 secs of blank screen
"No Boot Sector on Hard Disk"
Posted by curaga on Mar. 09 2007,11:32Could you boot a DSL cd and select from the fluxbox menu USB install > USB-HDD install
(then reboot and try it, of course)
and if that doesn't work, then USB-ZIP install?
It could also be that your laptop can't boot from usb..
Posted by thyscorpion on Mar. 09 2007,23:20
i'll have to go and buy a CD. i only have DVDs nowdays..
and i dont think my laptop cant boot from a usb.
it has bios options to boot from a UBS and it also prompts that a usb is plugged in and wheather or not to boot from it.
anything else i can try out?
Posted by ^thehatsrule^ on Mar. 10 2007,03:08If you have the media on usb, but can't boot off it, you can use a "fromusb" boot floppy
Posted by thyscorpion on Mar. 10 2007,03:42
thanks for the option! but i have a dell inspiron 5150 laptop which has no floppy (inbuilt) neither i have an external floppy!
but anyhow i didint get you! the site tells us how to make the USB drive bootable and then boot from it.
what possibily was going wrong!?
Posted by humpty on Mar. 11 2007,10:19try the pendrive on another pc and report back.
Posted by Jasper on Mar. 11 2007,13:05My thoughts...
You might be selecting the wrong option in your bios. The computers is currently viewing the usb flsh drive as a hard disk (usb-hdd I guess), but you should try some of the other options (such as usb-zip)