17 November 2009

How to Boot an ISO from a USB Flash Drive

  1. Download and run BootMyISO.exe, a BootMyISO folder is created

  2. Run BootMyISO.bat from the BootMyISO folder and follow the onscreen instructions

  3. Restart your PC booting from the USB device and select Memtest86+ from the Menu

If all went well, you should be running the Memtest86+ ISO directly from your USB device.

Boot a Parted Magic ISO from your USB Flash Drive

Using a text editor like notepad++ you can open and edit the menu.lst file found on the root of your USB device. For Example;

  1. Uncomment (remove the # from the Parted Magic Section)

    # title Parted Magic 4.5 ISO Boot

    # find –set-root /pmagic-4.5.iso

    # map /pmagic-4.5.iso (hd32)

    # map –hook

    # root (hd32)

    # chainloader (hd32)

  2. Once you have removed the comments, save the menu.lst file

  3. Download the "pmagic-4.5.iso.zip" and unzip the file

  4. copy pmagic-4.5.iso to your Flash Drive

  5. Restart your PC again and you should now have the menu option Parted Magic ISO Boot

Boot another ISO from your USB Flash Drive

Notice that there is a third section in menu.lst that can be used to test Boot other ISO's from USB.

  1. Simply copy the ISO you want to Boot to your USB device

  2. Uncomment (remove the # from the Test ISO section)

    # title Test ISO

    # find –set-root /testname.iso

    # map /testname.iso (hd32)

    # map –hook

    # root (hd32)

    # chainloader (hd32)

  3. Change testname.iso to the name of the ISO you copied to the USB device

  4. Restart your PC and choose the Test ISO boot option to see if your ISO boots from USB.

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