How to Make a Bootable USB Drive

Many modern computers are shipped without a floppy drive. This can be a pain for anyone who needs to use a boot disk to rescue a system. This how-to will walk you through making an old fashioned DOS boot disk--on a USB key.

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Insert your USB key into the computer, and open the HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool.

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The HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

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Make sure your USB key is selected under the "Device" section at the top of the window. Select FAT32 as the file system.

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Select the checkbox for "Create a DOS Startup Disk," and the radio box for "using DOS system files located at..."

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Browse to the location where you extracted the Windows 98 system files you downloaded.

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Click the Start button, and confirm that it is OK to erase all data on the USB key. When the process has completed, your USB boot disk is ready.