Linux Articles listed under "usb zip"

Booting Linux using USB-ZIP on older systems

If you have an older computer system, your BIOS might not support USB-HDD boot. In this case, it may still be possible to boot Linux from USB if your BIOS does list USB-ZIP as a boot option. In order for this to happen, we need to trick the BIOS into thinking that the USB flash drive is a zip drive.

We can trick the BIOS by modifying the number of heads and sectors being displayed from the USB flash device to match that of a zip drive. Then we partition the drive using partition 4 (the partition that zip drives typically use). For this tutorial we will use the mkdiskimage application that comes with syslinux.

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USB "Boot Menu" Phoenix Award BIOS

This tutorial explains how to access the Boot Menu on a newer Phoenix-Award system to enable USB boot from a flash memory stick. The system used for this demonstration sports a MSI K8N Neo4 (MS-7125) motherboard. To date, this system has easily been able to boot from any properly setup flash drive or USB hard drive we have thrown at it.

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