This is a virtual floppy drive for Windows NT / 2000 / XP
(Reported to work also on 2003 Server and Vista).
Note !!! This version works only on 32 bit systems !!!
Boot your BartPE/WinPE from a USB Flash Disk Drive!
Also supports USB HardDisks.
PeToUSB is a GUI Win32 application that will partition, format
and makebootable to XP/W2K3 a USB Flash Disk (UFD). A lot of
utilities that say they can do this, actually can't.
PeToUSB does not make the device DOS bootable, it makes it 'XP'
bootable (ie: the bootstrap code will look for NTLDR).
A lot of improvements have been made since version 2. Check
the change log for details. But in short its more compatible
with more devices, and easier to use with more functionality.
o Rewrites the MBR code just in case its corrupted.
This option can be disabled if desired.
o On Removable media, the partition is completely rewritten.
o Backup/Restore MBR.
o View disk information.
o Assign drive letters.
o Automatic notification of device arrival/removal.
o Now supports WinPE builds as well.
To make a UFD bootable requires it to be formatted to FAT16,
the partition set as bootable AND the volume boot sector id
to be set to 0x80. If all this is done the UFD should be
bootable on any system whose BIOS can boot to USB-HDD. Some
UFDs partition tables have been set to a starting offset of
32 sectors, this will not be bootable under USB-HDD. It seems
that USB-ZIP requires this, USB-HDD requires offset of 63
If your UFD still won't boot after this type of format then
either your UFD's chipset isn't capable or the BIOS on the
system you are trying to boot is either set incorerectly or
incapable of booting to UFD.
But PeToUSB does more than just make a UFD bootable. It will
also copy all the required files from a successful BartPE build,
to the UFD. The all that remains is for you to boot the stick
on a system.
o Build you BartPE/WinPE installation. No need to check the
'CD Record' box.
o Insert your USB stick into the slot.
o BACK UP ANY DATA, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO FORMAT IT!
o Use Tools/Backup MBR to make a backup of the disks MBR.
(This can be restored later if things don't go as excpected)
o Remove any security options on the UFD as this will mess
up any booting process.
o Extract PeToUSB.exe from it's zip archive and run it.
o First we want to select the USB stick (Destination Drive).
In the window check your USB stick has been recognised.
There is a drop list containing all the detected removable
disks. If you can't see it. Then click the 'Refresh' button.
Make sure you select the drive that you want to use.
o Next we want to get the path to our PE installation.
Click the [...] button and choose the path. The 'OK' on
the Browse Dialog will not display until you select
the correct folder.
o Next we want to choose our options. For the first run we
need to choose:-
o Enable Disk Format
o Enable File Copy (if you are only wanting to format then
o Now we are ready to format the drive and copy the PE
to the stick. Click 'Start' button and answer any
o Copying the files to a UFD takes a lot longer than to an
IDE drive. So don't worry about it taking some time. Just
watch the progress bar for an indication of how long it
o After successfully completing the above operations. Your
stick is now ready to be booted on the target system.
SOME NOTES ON DISKS
PeToUSB will list fixed and removable disks. On the following
It is LESS than 2GB. (It wont format FAT16 > 2Gb)
It is NOT the current system drive.
It is NOT the drive where PeToUSB is running from.
If it is a USB HardDisk (eg FixedMedia) then it must have its
partitions already defined, as PeToUSB will not partition these
devices due to possibilty of user losing their data when the
partitions are altered. And the first paritition starting at
Sector 63 and being less that 2Gb in size.
If it fails to format then check that the whole partition is
enclosed in the first 2Gb of the physical disk. The format
function will have problems if not.
SOME NOTES ON SETTING BIOS OPTIONS
I'm no expert at compatablity of BIOSs with UFDs. But I have
learnt a few things...
o In the BIOS boot sequence, set USB-HDD as the first boot
o Then make sure the 'Boot Other Devices' is disabled.
o Save the BIOS settings. And power down.
o Stick you UDF in the slot and powerup.
These notes relate to AWARD-BIOS. Other BIOS manufacturers will
have different but similar settings. You may need to experiment!
PeToUSB will run on windows XP/2003/BartPE and most 2000Pros
It requires about 3Mb ram to run.
USB Disk Minimum Size of 256MB (dependant on size of PE build)
USB STICKS TESTED
SanDisk Cruzer Mini SUCCESSFUL
PenDrive 2.0 Mini SUCCESSFUL
PQI iStick 2.0 SUCCESSFUL
I-Bead MP3 Player FAILED (I think the UFD initializes
too slow for the BIOS)