Create a Bootable USB Memory Stick March 21st, 2008 24 Comments Nowadays, most computers come built without a 3.5″ floppy drive. And 99% of the time, the floppy drive just is not required anymore. USB Flash drives, otherwise known as memory sticks or thumb drives, have made the floppy disk obsolete. Therefore, booting from a memory stick is the next step.To create a memory stick, you will need to first download and extract (unzip) two files: HP USB Disk Format Tool and Windows 98 System Files. Follow the steps below:
To create the bootable USB memory stick, install the HP USB Disk Format Tool. Insert your USB memory stick into a the computer. IMPORTANT: Backup files you wish to keep onto the local hard drive (as this process will delete all files on the memory stick). Start up the installed application from the HP USB Disk Format Tool. The device dropdown will automatically populate and identify your memory stick. Select Fat32 from the Filesystem dropdown. Check the box with “Create a DOS startup disk”. In the following textbox, browse to the location of the extracted files from the Windows 98 Systesm Files. Click the “Start” button. Click “Yes” to the following dialog box warning you of file deletion. Next, copy all extracted files from the Windows 98 System Files folder onto the USB memory stick to enable cd rom and mouse support. Your USB memory stick is now bootable. If you wish to boot your computer from the USB key, be sure to set the proper settings in the BIOS.