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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 17/11/2016

By Long Vu

Subject Re: Re: Usb drive does not boot anymore

Reply

Here's some surprising findings:

The problematic Kingston SE9 G2 USB 3.0 64G key works for:
- qemu
- my work machine Dell Precision T3610, all usb ports
- my older laptop Dell Vostro 3350, all usb ports
- my current laptop (where the problem originally occured) Dell Latitude E6230, only on the USB 2.0 port (USB 3.0 port do not boot). On the USB 2.0 port, it displays "Invalid Partition table!", then I press enter and it continue to boot the usb key.

Note that as previously stated, the USB 3.0 port did work once, then stopped working. Also that same USB 3.0 port was able to boot a smaller and supposely cheaper quality Kingston DataTraveler 101 G3 16 G.

I also destroyed the partition table on the 64G key, recreate from scratch, then format again, same result. This is using latest Easy2Boot_v1.86DPMS.zip, the fmt.sh script (Fat32).

I verified by Latitude e6230 is using Legacy BIOS and not UEFI. My ssd boot drive is using MBR partition anyways so it can not be using UEFI.

I am really stumped. Any other pointers as to why this weird problem happens?

I bought a bigger usb key so I can put my entire collection of Iso on it. I hope it is not the size of the key that is the problem because that will make me really sad.

Date 17/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Usb drive does not boot anymore

Reply

The fmt.sh script does not add a small second partition. As explained on the website, when you use RMPrepUSB or the MAKE_E2B_USB_Drive.cmd Windows script, it makes a second small hidden partition on the USB drive. This is because some systems will try to boot a USB drive as a floppy disk if they only have one partition.
Can you add a small second PRIMARY partition to the USB drive or use the Windows script to make it?

Date 19/11/2016

By Long Vu

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Usb drive does not boot anymore

Reply

Added a 2nd primary partition, still the same weird behavior.

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdb
[sudo] password for lvu:
Disk /dev/sdb: 57.8 GiB, 62087233536 bytes, 121264128 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xefda3cf9

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1 2048 119566335 119564288 57G b W95 FAT32
/dev/sdb2 119566336 121264127 1697792 829M b W95 FAT32

Date 19/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Usb drive does not boot anymore

Reply

Did you switch off the system and switch on again?
Did you check the BIOS settings. e.g. USB Settings?
Does it say USB HDD in the BIOS boot menu?
Is the first partition marked as Active (boot flag)?
Did you install grub4dos to both PBR and MBR?
Latest BIOS version is A16 25th Oct 2016 with improved USB support. Do you have this?

Date 19/11/2016

By Long Vu

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Usb drive does not boot anymore

Reply

Did you switch off the system and switch on again?
Yes

Did you check the BIOS settings. e.g. USB Settings?
Yes, boot order is USB first.

Does it say USB HDD in the BIOS boot menu?
This is the interesting part, it doesn't say when the usb key is plugged into the usb 3.0 port. Looks like BIOS do not detect/see a usb hdd on usb 3.0 port ... but only for my new 64G usb key. The older 16G usb key was booting fine from that same usb 3.0 port.

Is the first partition marked as Active (boot flag)?
No.

Did you install grub4dos to both PBR and MBR?
I don't know, I just run the fmt.sh script.

Latest BIOS version is A16 25th Oct 2016 with improved USB support. Do you have this?
I only have A15.

I also tried to format the usb key using Windows instead of linux. This is the latest fdisk output after Windows format:

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdb
[sudo] password for lvu:
Disk /dev/sdb: 57.8 GiB, 62087233536 bytes, 121264128 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xfc5ed0c2

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1 * 63 121242491 121242429 57.8G c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sdb2 121242492 121242554 63 31.5K 21 unknown

Still the same behavior (usb 3.0 port do not boot) with formatting using Windows. However at least usb 2.0 port stop staying "invalid partition table!".

I guess a new BIOS might be the fix. At least now the usb 2.0 port boots properly so I have a fall back. I'll reply my findings if I feel brave enough to update the BIOS. I got burned once in the past updating BIOS.

Thanks for all the help. Looks like formatting on Windows does a more complete job than Linux. Is it because Linux is lacking any functionality or you just didn't get around to have feature parity between Windows and Linux?

I am still puzzled as to why my older 16G usb drive was working fine on that same usb 3.0 port although it was formatted on Linux.

Date 20/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Usb drive does not boot anymore

Reply

The * in
/dev/sdb1 * 63 121242491 121242429 57.8G c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
I think means that the partition is active. So one difference is that the first partition was not active until you used Windows to prepare the USB stick.
The fmt.sh script only formats an existing partition it does not create partitions.
Did you enable both options in the BIOS under System Setup - USB Configuration - Enable Boot Support and Enable External USB Port?

Date 20/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Usb drive does not boot anymore

Reply

P.S. I have improved the linux fmt.sh script in E2B v1.87b so that it makes the partition active and installs grub4dos to the PBR.
The only thing it does not do is make a 2nd small partition on the USB drive. You should do this yourself or it may not boot on some systems.

Date 07/11/2016

By Farid

Subject E2B Multi-Boot

Reply

Dear Stevesi,
first of all thank you for the software package development and that for free!
I've been trying to make a Multiboot USB Stick/HDD usable for both UEFI and Legacy Mode Bioses and I've already read several tutorials on E2B website and have also seen several videos from other resources. But still haven't been able to make such a drive, which would work on both kind of Bios types (MBR/UEFI). The best results have been either working on some MBRs OR on some UEFIs, not both at the same time.
Therefor my first question is that, if you could recommend one main method/tutorial to focus on; because as I mentioned there are several Versions suggesting different methods, like using RMPrepUSB (and that with variety of options like choosing between ntfs or fat32, Boot as HDD as checked or not etc.) or using the scripts like MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE .cmd
My other question is that, if you by any chance know some tool to convert usb "fixed" drives into "removable" disks? Most of my USB drives are detected as "fixed" drives. I assume that, first of all they have to be "removable" drives for being able to make them bootable using E2B.

Date 07/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: E2B Multi-Boot

Reply

E2B will work on Removable drives or Fixed Disk type.
The website explains the difference.
Not all payloads (ISOs) support UEFI booting.
Look at the 'List of tested payloads' page to see the best way to add each payload file.

Date 05/11/2016

By SalimS

Subject Find Only in hd0

Reply

Dear Stevesi
iftitle [find /ntldr] OS * Windows XP Loader..
how to set find only search in hd0.. If not found ntldr in hd0 then message not found ntld in hd0.
How to make menu like that's..??

Date 05/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Find Only in hd0

Reply

That is tricky!
When you boot from USB, hd0 will be the USB drive.
hd1 will be the first internal hard disk.
So if you want to boot from the internal disk try
iftitle [ls (hd1,0)/ntlrd] Boot from NTLDR

or maybe

iftitle [ls (hd1,0)/ntldr || ls (hd1,1)/ntldr] Boot from NTLDR

Date 08/12/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Find Only in hd0

Reply

For interest
# Ignore boot device and boot to Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 from the internal hard disk
# This works by mapping the boot device (bd) which may have bootmgr or ntldr on it, to a virtual memory drive so that files on it are not found by the find command
title Boot to Windows from an internal hard disk
map --mem (md)+8 (bd)
map --hook
find --set-root --ignore-floppies --ignore-cd /bootmgr || find --set-root --ignore-floppies --ignore-cd /ntldr
map (bd) (bd)
map --rehook
chainloader /bootmgr || chainloader /ntldr

Date 05/11/2016

By Long Vu

Subject Unable to defrag NTFS USB drive on Linux

Reply

Hi,

I got this error on Ubuntu 16.04:

[[email protected]:12 12:47:29 linux_utils]$ sudo ./udefrag -om /dev/sdc1
[sudo] password for lvu:
sudo: unable to execute ./udefrag: No such file or directory
[[email protected]:12 12:53:38 linux_utils]$

USB drive was created using Easy2Boot_v1.86DPMS.zip.

I used 'sudo bash ./fmt_ntfs.sh' to create the drive initially.

Then I copy over some .iso.

Date 05/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Unable to defrag NTFS USB drive on Linux

Reply

Does the file exist?
Did you use chmod on it?

Date 05/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Unable to defrag NTFS USB drive on Linux

Reply

The udefrag binary is a 32-bit program.
If you have Ubuntu 64-bit, you may need to add 32-bit support. See the linux page on this site.

Date 05/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Unable to defrag NTFS USB drive on Linux

Reply

udefrag came from the tools.zip file at
http://jp-andre.pagesperso-orange.fr/advanced-ntfs-3g.html#download
If anyone would like to supply me with a 64-bit version of udefrag (find it or compile it), I will include it in E2B.

Date 06/11/2016

By Long Vu

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to defrag NTFS USB drive on Linux

Reply

Yes udefrag file exist. Yes I chmod a+x it.

I will try to add additional 32-bits libraries to my 64-bits machine to see if I can run udefrag.

Thanks.

Date 13/11/2016

By Long Vu

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unable to defrag NTFS USB drive on Linux

Reply

Confirmed able to defrag NTFS on Ubuntu 16.04 by following intructions on Linux page:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libc6:i386 libncurses5:i386 libstdc++6:i386
(change to _ISO/docs/linux_utils folder)
sudo chmod 777 *
sudo udefrag -om /dev/sdX1 (where sdX1 is your NTFS USB partition)

Thanks.

Date 04/11/2016

By Codeplayer

Subject Administrative rights for RestoreE2B script

Reply

Hi!

I just wanted to thank you for the hugely useful software package development and also for providing that for free. I haven't been able to give much back to you. I noticed that I might be able to contribute with some code though. The thing is that its quite annoying to start the RestoreE2B script with administrative rights. Usually on broken computer the right click menu might take ages to pop up in Windows Explorer. Here is how I make batch scripts ask administrative rights, use it however you like:
In the beginning I usually add:

set "_FilePath=%~f0"
set "_FileDir=%~dp0"
setlocal EnableExtensions EnableDelayedExpansion

And then in the appropriate location the admin rights prompt trigger:

fltmc >nul 2>&1 || (
echo Set UAC = CreateObject^("Shell.Application"^) > "%temp%\GetAdmin.vbs"
echo UAC.ShellExecute "!_FilePath!", "", "", "runas", 1 >> "%temp%\GetAdmin.vbs"
"%temp%\GetAdmin.vbs"
del /f /q "%temp%\GetAdmin.vbs" >nul 2>&1
exit
)

I hope that helps. I feel that I cannot thank you enough for your kindness. So thank you again.

Kind regards,
Codeplayer

Date 04/11/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Administrative rights for RestoreE2B script

Reply

Thanks for the code. I haven't seen that before.
The thing is that RestoreE2B needs to work in a minimal WinPE environment and not rely on fltmc or vb script runtime components.
Why not use SWITCH_E2B.exe instead?

Date 26/10/2016

By John

Subject Boot from a USB HDD with two partitions

Reply

I have a 1Tb USB3 External HDD
Two primary partitions, the second one has data, the first one is empty.

I would like to install EASY2BOOT in the first one.
When I launch the installer, it says "WARNING: ALL PARTITIONS ON DRIVE 1 WILL BE DESTROYED..."

I don't want to destroy the second partition.

What can I do?
Thanks.

Date 26/10/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Boot from a USB HDD with two partitions

Reply

The cmd script is only for making a new drive.
See http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/make-and-e2b-usb-drive-using-rmprepusb/
Use RMPrepUSB to add the grub4dos boot code using 'Install grub4dos' button and just copy E2B files to the first partition.

Date 26/10/2016

By John

Subject Re: Re: Boot from a USB HDD with two partitions

Reply

Thanks SteveSi for the fast answer

Date 21/10/2016

By Crave

Subject Unable to launch the setup application

Reply

Hello, Sir,

I found a problem while trying to install Windows 7 and 8. Both of them are AIO x84/x64 activated ISO files . When i pick which system type to install, i see Windows logo and then a blue screen with an error: "Unable to launch the setup application". I tried all of the methods to somehow fix it, (renaming iso to isope, rewriting the program, editing autounattend.xml) except converting iso to imgptn. I also tried to find something about this problem on e2b forums and pretty much on the whole e2b site, but unfortunately, it's not even listed in the list of errors. For example, Windows 10 works fine, without any problems at all. I really like this program and i don't really want to change it if it has such malfunctions.

Thank you in advance for the help.

Date 21/10/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Unable to launch the setup application

Reply

AIO ISOs may not work because they have been changed a lot by the developer. You should convert them to a .imgPTN file if they don't work as an ISO file.

Date 17/10/2016

By zhuanglee

Subject win 7 pe.wi kas iso boot

Reply

Hi sir,
Sorry for my poor english.
I have latest version of e2b.
Recently i add win7pe.wim but getting winload.exe missing error. Try with almost wim and no luck. I have bootmgr on root of hdd partition. (format as fat32).
Also i want to know if i can add kas.iso to e2b, because my usb hdd has more than 2 partitions so partnew method cannot get to work.
I know that we can extract kas to rescue folder but i do not want to use this method (may not safe to extract since kas is antivirus rescue)
Try iso boot with some code from rmprep site too, but no luck.
Finally tks for your greate project.
God bless u :)

Date 17/10/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: win 7 pe.wi kas iso boot

Reply

A Windows bootable wim file should contain one image and a \windows\system32\loader.exe file should be present. Please check using 7Zip.
What is 'kas.iso' ? Do you mean Kaspersky AntiVirus Rescue disk iso? If so it can be booted directly using E2B. Only one free partition entry is needed.
http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/adding-kaspersky-rescue-iso-to.html

Date 12/10/2016

By Liam

Subject Windows ISOs and imgPTN boot issues

Reply

Hello, my apologies if I've missed something obvious, but I've been attempting to create a multiboot windows install / linux E2B USB for a couple of days and am flummoxed by windows ISO issues. I've looked through all the tutorials and topics I can but can't find the solution.

I can boot a linux ISO, and create a imgPTN from it and boot it no bother - tested with Puppy Linus.

However, Windows ISOs downloaded from the 'Windows Iso Downloaded' recommended on the site are another story.
- If the plain ISO is used in the correct folder, I get Error 13 Invalid or unsuppoted executable format.
- If I convert to imgPTN I get 'has no menu.lst file'.
- I created working Winsetupfromusb, Sagefile and Rufus USBs, and converted them to ISO/imgPTN, but get the same error
- For each attempt, I can mount the img using Imdisk as a removable drive and explore the contents, but after I attempt to boot, the image becomes corrupted and can no longer be accessed.
- I've tried different USB pens, same problem.

Any advice would be much appreciated!

Date 12/10/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows ISOs and imgPTN boot issues

Reply

Can you describe what USB drive you are using and how you made it, size, make, model, etc.
If it is a flash drive, did you test it with H2TESTW or FakeFlashTest to see if it is a fake one?
You say you can mount an .imgPTN file using ImDisk and see the \menu.lst file and other contents - is the file on your internal Windows drive or are you using the .imgPTN file directly on the USB drive?

Date 23/09/2016

By Bruce

Subject There is not enough space on the disk

Reply

I have a problem using MPI to create imgPTN. It always says "there is not enough space on the disk" even though I have increase the size.
Please help. thanks a lot!

Date 23/09/2016

By Bruce

Subject Re: There is not enough space on the disk

Reply

I include the screenshot here for visual ref. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7VPcKBuhELCMGgzc1k1YUNsYUU

Date 23/09/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: There is not enough space on the disk

Reply

AOI ISOs tend to be heavily compressed. There is a special option when making an ISO that allows an image to contain a single file with multiple entries for duplicate files in the same ISO.
You may have to add a LOT more to the size before it works.

Date 08/09/2016

By Charles

Subject Windows 10 UEFI install choosing a version?

Reply

Is there a way for me to choose a version for UEFI install? For regular windows installation, I have the options to choose between pro and home. But for UEFI it would just install the Pro version every single time. Any workaround here? Thank you so much!

Date 08/09/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows 10 UEFI install choosing a version?

Reply

When you use the MakePartImage script, it should prompt you to delete or make a EI.CFG file. For a Win8/10 standard Retail\OEM ISO, choose R=Retail.

Date 29/08/2016

By JimP

Subject Error on Windows iso

Reply

I have a 6,4GB iso of Windows 10 with both 32 and 64 bit Pro & Home edition. When i choose the version to install and pick 64bit i get a fvevol.sys error. Can someone help? Thanks in advance.

Date 29/08/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Error on Windows iso

Reply

From Googling, it seems that this is something to do with BitLocker. Several people have fixed it by updating the BIOS/firmware to a later version.
Does this error only happen on one type of system?

Date 29/08/2016

By JimP

Subject Re: Re: Error on Windows iso

Reply

It happens on every system i try to install the 64 bit version.

Date 29/08/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Error on Windows iso

Reply

Try a different ISO. If that gives the same problem, then it must be a problem with your systems?

Date 19/08/2016

By Capum

Subject Debian (lxde) multiboot + persistence

Reply

Hello, There is a E2B page where linux with persistence, one should use imgPTN for multiboot + persistence. Which leads to http://rmprepusb.blogspot.com.br/2015/08/add-debian-live-iso-with-persistence-to.html but not a word about imgPTN tutorial. What's the proper way of doing it? Or should I look other distro tutorial for equivalence. Have patience and a great time! Capum

Date 19/08/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Debian (lxde) multiboot + persistence

Reply

Hi,
The Debian-live-8.5.0-amd64-lxde-desktop.iso does not contain EFI boot files. So I don't think it will be UEFI-bootable. Why don't you use an ISO file + persistence and MBR booting?

Date 19/08/2016

By Capum

Subject Re: Re: Debian (lxde) multiboot + persistence

Reply

UEFI with legacy boot? sure! actually this notebook is BIOS, just checked that. I could manage it if I wasn't kind lost, you have two pages about linux persistence. Could I use the the guide page with more reliable ext3,4 volume instead? thanks it's amazing tool.

Date 19/08/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Debian (lxde) multiboot + persistence

Reply

If you just want legacy BIOS boot, then you dont need a .imgPTN file.
See \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files\linux
debian-live-8.1.0-amd64-mate-desktop_Persistent.mnu
and the blog post on how to make a persistence file.
A persistence file of ext3 or ext4 is more reliable in case of file corruption (which happens a lot with USB drives because you tend to just switch off the system or remove the drive without shutting down properly!).

Date 19/08/2016

By Capum

Subject Re: Debian (lxde) multiboot + persistence

Reply

This way... would it be multiboot ?

Date 19/08/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Debian (lxde) multiboot + persistence

Reply

Yes, you can have as many Debian ISOs as you like and as many persistence files as you like - just use a different persistence file for each one and edit the .mnu file to use the named ISO and persistence file.

Date 19/08/2016

By ElMariachi

Subject Manual Key input for Windows description

Reply

Hello!

Thank you for the best working USB-MUltiboot solution (at least for me). :)

Recently I had to enter the Generíc Windows setup key multiple times for different setups. When choosing to manually enter a key in E2B, the description says something like "25 digits". So I sometimes entered the key unhyphenated (without dashes) because otherwise it wouldn't have been 25 digits, but 29. Of course this was wrong and I had to enter the key a second time, including dashes. So I wanted to suggest that you might add a little hint, that dashes have to be input, too?

:)

Date 19/08/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Manual Key input for Windows description

Reply

Hi
Thanks for the feedback. In the English version of 1.82 it says
'Product keys must be in AAAAA-BBBBB-CCCCC-DDDDD-EEEEE format (29 characters)'
So are you using an old version or a different language?
Also, what Generic Product Key are you entering? I thought that I had all the generic keys in the list?

Date 19/08/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Manual Key input for Windows description

Reply

I looked through the languages files and the German one says 25 instead of 29. I will fix this in next v1.83 Beta.

Date 08/08/2016

By SteveSi

Subject SDI_CHOCO

Reply

Has anyone tried the SDI_CHOCO feature in v1.82 yet? Any questions? Just looking for feedback...

Date 19/07/2016

By hao

Subject how can I use ghost.exe

Reply

I want to use ghost11
the file name is "ghost.exe"
not .iso and .img
how can I use it in E2B? dos? or other ways
thanks

Date 19/07/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: how can I use ghost.exe

Reply

Ghost.exe is (probably) a Windows executable, so it must be run under Windows.
You could try booting to a Windows 10 ISO to Setup, then press SHIFT+F10 and then run Ghost from the E2B USb drive (e.g. D:\Ghost.exe if D: is the USB drive).

Date 19/07/2016

By Sheeddy

Subject Error grub

Reply

Hi!
I have problem and I want to avoid reinstall.

message error:

Booting from hard disk...
GRUB loading.
error: no such device: 4d074ea1-008f-4cf9-a6c5-1a7fb76c38f2
Entering rescue mode...
grub rescue>

ty

Date 19/07/2016

By nobody

Subject deleted

Reply

nada

Date 19/07/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Error grub

Reply

It sounds like the partition has been changed/deleted/formatted. Try booting from USB and use gparted to look at the partition or try an automatic boot repair utility
http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/add-boot-repair-disk-isos-to-e2b-multi.html

Date 19/07/2016

By Sheeddy

Subject Re: Re: Error grub

Reply

sorry, I was not specific.
The error is in the booting from USB and room "QEMU_MENU_TEST"
view the image->
http://prntscr.com/bux02v

TY and sorry for hassle.

Date 20/07/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Error grub

Reply

E2B uses grub4dos not grub.
It looks like something has installed grub onto the USB drive. Use RMPrepUSB - Install grub4dos and run twice, once with Yes and once with No option.

Date 19/06/2016

By babam

Subject Slackware Live with persistence.

Reply

Hi,

1. How to create Slackware Live with persistence (Ext2 / Ext4 persistence file). http://alien.slackbook.org/blog/slackware-live-edition-1-1-0-comes-with-the-latest-plasma5-on-iso/

2. How to make Remix OS / Phoenix OS with persistence.

Thanks.

Date 20/06/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Slackware Live with persistence.

Reply

See blog tutorials
http://rmprepusb.blogspot.co.uk/p/easy2boot-useful-blogs.html

Date 13/06/2016

By Palteza

Subject Mastering E2B

Reply

Hey guys,

1st thanks for your great tools.

I've been trying for almost 3 hours now, i swear you, but i can't build that multiboot usb.

Tried the standard iso way, tried the conversion to .imgPTN also ... with NTFS or FAT32 (the drive and the files).
My BIOS can even handle both UEFI and legacy mode, i switched couple of times ... but i always fail, i must be noob.
I also checked /EFI/BOOT stuff.

Does the problem could be because i have multi os on my drive (seven and 8.1)? The default one is Windows 7 x64.
It's GPT NTFS formating.

It never wants to boot on this USB key.

Am i really that noob ?
Maybe I missed a useful link ???

Date 14/06/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Mastering E2B

Reply

Booting from GPT USb drives is not supported

Date 14/06/2016

By Palteza

Subject Re: Re: Mastering E2B

Reply

Ok that means i have to format my hard drive in MBR ?

Date 14/06/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Mastering E2B

Reply

Yes - format as two partitions.
First one 137GB NTFS for E2B, 2nd one as rest (up to 2TB).
Instructions are on this site
http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/make-and-e2b-usb-drive-using-rmprepusb/

Date 07/06/2016

By jojo baquir

Subject Lenovo tools

Reply

Hi sir, I have a lenovo tools that can update and edit machine type model of laptop,it is used and run only on a usb flash disk, i convert this utility into an iso (converting all contents into 1 file) when i copy this iso to my easy drive, the utility run but when i tried to use the functionality it always prompts that eeprom is write protected..is there other way to avoid this error anytime i used this utility.

Date 07/06/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Lenovo tools

Reply

You should convert the flash drive to a .imgPTN file and boot from that. P.S. Are you sure that when you use the Lenovo USB flash drive it works on the same system?

Date 07/06/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Lenovo tools

Reply

You can also make a .ima floppy disk image - see http://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/2016/06/adding-lenovo-maintenance-utilities-ibm.html

Date 26/05/2016

By Berthollucci

Subject Windows 7 Install Now, contains all other available versions, menu was slow to load

Reply

Hi Steve. Please these questions and experience.

1). I tried Install Windows 7, Easy2Boot displays various commands inbox, but, ¿Is it normal that E2B does not display the "Windows 7 Install Now" window?:
http://s6.postimg.org/9ku02l981/windows7_install_5.jpg

2). Is it normal that E2B displays all other available versions of Windows 7? They are not hidden from view.
Does E2B ignore the ei.cfg file inside ISO?
http://s6.postimg.org/fn1mt2xo1/windows_7_iso_ei_file_removed.png

3). I experienced the trouble that E2B takes a long time to display the Main Menu.
I fixed Load Optimized Defaults from BIOS. Still it works.
Mobo: MSI 760GM-P34 (FX), AMI BIOS version 2013-04-28.
https://www.msi.com/Motherboard/support/760GM-P34-FX.html#down-bios

Thanks!

Date 26/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Windows 7 Install Now, contains all other available versions, menu was slow to load

Reply

Q1 - for win7, it is normal
Q2. yes ei.cfg is ignored because we use an unattend.xml file
Q3. Either slow USB drive or slow USB BIOS driver.
Read FAQ - menu is slow to load.

If you want the more standard install experience, convert the ISO to a .imgPTN file.

Date 24/05/2016

By luqman

Subject need an E2B HELPER USB FLASH DRIVE

Reply

Hi.

when I tried to install using a 500GB hard drive appears caption

"install windows froam a sub hard disk you also an E2B HELPER USB flashdrive. if you do not have one you will get a "DVD drive device driver is missing" message"

please help me

Date 25/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: need an E2B HELPER USB FLASH DRIVE

Reply

http://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/windows-install-isos/installing-windows-with-a-helper-drive/

Date 22/05/2016

By Mark Keith

Subject USB formats

Reply

Just found this site/program and looks very handy. I do wonder if you use UDF format for the usb device? I have use UDF formats to move large files between Windows and Linux computers. (don't have any apples to play with)

Date 17/05/2016

By Kent

Subject RestoreE2B alert ?

Reply

Steve,
E2B is the best !
One little suggestion for us beginners about rebuilding an E2B flash drive though . . .
I started out just making an .imgPTN of Gandalf, dropped it into ISO\MAINMENU and the thing booted right off, no problem.

But when I went back to add another .iso, there was no ISO directory to be found because of the repartitioning from booting into an .imgPTN and I was a bit confused.

It took me a while to figure out I would have to run the "RestoreE2B" to get the expected partitions back. Up until then I was starting to think I'd have to rebuild the E2B drive each time I added something new.
Maybe I missed it but you might want to put an alert in there for us beginners.

Nonetheless, thanks a million for all your efforts developing this - it's really cool and I'm looking forward to experimenting and playing around with it.

Date 17/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: RestoreE2B alert ?

Reply

Hi, yes that catches quite a few people.
When you select the .imgPTN file in the E2B menu, you should see a WARNING in lots of colours which you are supposed to read. if you don't read it then you may get a surprise. The first item on the CSM menu is to restore the E2B menu.
You can also use SWITCH_E2B.exe to switch and restore the partition.
How do you suggest I can improve the warning?

Date 17/05/2016

By Kent

Subject Re: Re: RestoreE2B alert ?

Reply

Actually I saw that warning and wrote it down, not really knowing what it was about. I figured it was some expert optional choice as, when you're really excited to see something boot up and run, you're not really in the frame of mind to stop and contemplate something that comes up unexpectedly.
The whole notion that your flash drive is going to have partitions remade and shifted around takes a while for your head to wrap around (but now I get it).
And you don't really absorb it until you run into it. (Very ingenious though.)

So I was thinking, maybe on the "Adding Payload" or "Adding-uefi-images" page(s) something like, "NOTE : once you boot into an .imgPTN . . . . ".
That is, some page where you're in learning mode, so to speak.'
Just an idea.

Date 13/05/2016

By Josh

Subject E2B asking for a helper usb, haven't needed one before

Reply

I have been using e2b for quite a while with no problems, but today I went to install windows server 2012 and it said I needed a helper usb. I looked into this and it said if my device showed as a fixed device in windows explorer I would need one, but mine shows as a removable device.. Am I missing something?

Date 14/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: E2B asking for a helper usb, haven't needed one before

Reply

grub4dos/E2B cannot tell if the USB device is a Removable type, so E2B just looks at the size of the device and warns you if the USB device appears to be a large device. The inference being that most large USB devices are USB HDDs or Fixed-type removable USB flash drives. If you are sure that your device is a Removable type (as displayed by RMPrepUSB) then just go ahead and press C and ENTER as prompted.
What USB device are you using?

Date 08/05/2016

By Starla

Subject grub2

Reply

Hi Steve.

After booting to grub2 in EFI mode, does it allow for a menu entry to boot the E2B drive in legacy mode (grldr)?

I'm currently using rEFInd on my E2B drive for EFI booting, but it doesn't support manual legacy entries, only those scanned at boot. This boot scan for legacy bootloaders usually fails for external USB drive, depending on mobo, requiring enabling deep_scan option. And deep_scan is too agressive, as it rewrites the mobo boot options permanently (reset to defaults required).

Date 13/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: grub2

Reply

You cannot change from UEFI to Legacy mode.
You can go from Legacy to UEFI by using Clover because Clover is a BIOS-in-RAM implementation of a UEFI BIOS, but AFAIK, there is no equivalent Legacy BIOS-in-RAM for a UEFI-BIOS.

Date 05/05/2016

By Marcinoo

Subject E2B partition placement problem.

Reply

Hello again!
Part II: Continuation of the vicissitudes.
I have decided to merge my Easy2Boot USB Pendrive #1 with my external USB HDD 500GB
used for my PC's internal HDD files backup so that I have
E2B boot & repair stuff (partition 1) + the PC's internal HDD's files backup (partition 2)
on a single device (the external USB HDD 500GB)
so that I later can get rid of the unnessesary USB Pendrive.
So I begun to install E2B on the external USB HDD 500GB
following instructions from:
http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/make-and-e2b-usb-drive-using-rmprepusb/
I wanted 20 GB E2B partition,
but because space from 4 GB to 99GB on the external USB HDD 500GB is damaged (bad sectors)
I created 137 000 (137GB) WinPE & NTFS E2B partition (unticked Boot as HDD)
and then in some partition program I shrunk that partition from 137 GB to 20 GB from left to right, (as I did not see in RMPrepUSB a possibility to set start & end of E2B partition, only can set size, thus I had to use so trick) leaving first 99 GB as an unallocated space before E2B partition.
Then behind it, I created a second 346 GB NTFS partition for the PC's internal HDD's files backup.
Then I run "Install grub4dos" thing two times.
Everything completed successfully.

So I got following structure:
0 GB - 99 GB - an unallocated space
99 GB - 119 GB - the first primary 20 GB NTFS partiton with E2B boot & repair stuff
119 GB - 465 GB - the second primary 346 GB NTFS partiton with the PC's internal HDD's files backup

Then I copied all my boot images from Easy2Boot USB Pendrive #1 onto the external USB HDD 500GB onto E2B partition.

Then I begun testing phase 1:
1) I Rebooted my PC, and booted successfully to E2B menu.
Then I begun testing phase 2:
2) I Rebooted my PC again to OS, and run SWITCH_E2B.exe, and double-clicked one of imgPTN images to test imgPTN images UEFI booting, and I got an error:
MBR is not an E2B MBR ?
ERROR: MBR on drive 1 does not contain a partition near the start of the drive.
Use 'Safely Remove Drive' System Tray icon and re-insert USB drive.
But I cannot make a 20GB partition near the start of the drive because as I already mentioned before , space from 4GB to 99GB of the drive is unusable and damaged.
So now my question is: does E2B partition must be near the start of the drive?
If not, then how to solve the SWITCH_E2B.exe error issue? (maybe some hack/trick/sector swap?)
If not then maybe for ex. as first 4GB of the drive are undamaged I may create a small 4 GB primary E2B partiton and put E2B stuff there (it takes something like 600+MB) + some of the images and then behind the damaged space, make two logical partitions, and on the first one put rest of the images files, then edit somehow E2B settings to boot the rest of the images from this partition. (I have read somewhere on E2B webpages that this is possible). The second logical partiton will be for the PC's internal HDD's files backup.
This way I will have:
0 GB - 4 GB - the primary 4 GB NTFS partiton with E2B boot & repair stuff (some of the images)
99 GB - 115 GB - the logical 16 GB NTFS partiton with the rest of the images
115 GB - 461 GB - the logical 346 GB NTFS partiton with the PC's internal HDD's files backup
But I would rather prefer to fix the issue in a better way than complicated jugglery of partitions.
Steve, I know you can find the solution,
You are the man !
please help.
Thank You!

Date 05/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: E2B partition placement problem.

Reply

That is a safety feature of SWITCH_E2B to prevent someone from accidentally 'restoring' a drive that contains grub4dos but is not an E2B drive.
You should be able to use the E2B menu to switch partitions (e.g. boot it on a real system or under QEMU or VBox to E2B).
I don't recommend using a known faulty drive. It is bound to let you down just at the wrong time!

Date 05/05/2016

By Marcinoo

Subject Re: Re: E2B partition placement problem.

Reply

Astounding,
it really works !

Since it did not work in OS, I was supposing that it won't work also in menu, thus I didn't even checked nor made sure, however, just right after your post I checked and it really works in menu!

Thanks for creating E2B, it make life easier !

And as regards damaged disks, I am aware of risks and danger, however you're right, such damaged disks may fail at any time. I don't know myself why I still keep data on it - I think I have gambler :)

Best Regards :)

Date 04/05/2016

By Starla

Subject Boot XP VHD from bootmgr blog post (cont).

Reply

Ok Steve I've been reviewing the latest English release by SS and the following procedure is used to boot provided ISO/IMG files from DOS bootmgr. Sadly I haven't yet a XP VHD for a quick test. Would you be so kind to confirm it's able to boot yours?

1. Copy your grldr file of choice (ie the one provided at E2B root) to the folder containing your XP VHD file.
2. Rename grldr to payload.mbr (ie Fullxpvhd.mbr).
3. Run BOOTICE>Utilities>Grub4DOS Menu Editor and open Fullxpvhd.mbr.
4. Replace displayed default embedded menu.lst with the commands on your blog post and save changes.
5. BOOTICE>BCD>Other BCD and select your BCD. I use Professional Mode for editing.
6. Right-click any entry under "Application objects" and select "New RealMode Entry".
7. Select the created entry, then on the main panel, right-click "Aplication path", select "Edit" and point to Fullxpvhd.mbr file. You can also edit the "Description" value.

That should work: bootmgr>Fullxpvhd.mbr>ntldr within XP VHD file.

Date 04/05/2016

By Marcinoo

Subject Unable to boot sedutil *.img images

Reply

Hello,

I have a problem !

I used Win32DiskImager and burned successfully two images:

1) UEFI64_Debug.img
2) Rescue.img

downloaded from

https://github.com/Drive-Trust-Alliance/sedutil/wiki/Executable-Distributions

onto my USB Pendrive #2, and they both successfully booted in UEFI mode.

You may read more about the images here:

https://github.com/Drive-Trust-Alliance/sedutil/wiki/Test-the-PBA (UEFI64_Debug.img)
https://github.com/Drive-Trust-Alliance/sedutil/wiki/Test-the-Rescue-system (Rescue.img)

Now what I want is to add the images to my main Easy2Boot USB Pendrive #1 as I always have all boot things on a single pendrive.

First try was simply to put the *.img images into Easy2Boot USB Pendrive #1\_ISO\LINUX folder (just out of curiosity and for test purposes as I already know they are UEFI images and won't boot this way), thus as I expected, they both didn't boot, I got a black screen with a char indicator flashing in left-top corner of the screen and I had to reset the computer.

Another try was a proper way, to convert the *.img images to *.imgPTN format.
I made it by program "MakePartImage_AutoRun_FAT32.cmd" from the tool "MPI_Tool_Pack_Plus_CloverLite_064".
I made all strongly with instructions from ReadMe.txt file (except I didn't convert the *.img to *.iso first, but another time I converted to *.iso, and that made no difference) Result was: successfully!
Then I used "SWITCH_E2B.exe" to enable the UEFI images on my Easy2Boot USB Pendrive #1 and rebooted the computer but again they fails to boot, the one image just don't even boot, nothing happens, and just the OS boots as usual, and the another one boot to CSM menu (and when I choose boot from current image as MBR) the same thing happens like in "First try", I got a black screen with a char indicator flashing in left-top corner of the screen and the USB Pendrive flashing to infinity and I had to reset the computer.

Perhaps the images require some special settings to get booting?

Please, help!

Thanks.

Date 04/05/2016

By Marcinoo

Subject Re: Unable to boot sedutil *.img images

Reply

I forgot to add that I already have Windows 7 64 SP1 UEFI.imgPNT on my Easy2Boot USB Pendrive #1 and it boot with no problems (as I also used it to install W7 on my computer)

Date 04/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Unable to boot sedutil *.img images

Reply

Hi
Something odd is going on when 7zip upacks the images. When you use the rescue.img file with MPI_FAT32 you get a 0.img file inside the .imgPTN file instead of it extracting the files!
However, if you copy this 0.img file and place it on the E2B partition at \_ISO\LINUX (for instance) it boots fine!
Its a similar story with the EFI DEBUG file - for this, just extract the contents to an empty folder and then drag and drop the folder onto the MPI_FAT32 shortcut. Then you can boot the .imgPTN file (but it doesn't seem to like booting with Clover - you must UEFI-boot from a UEFI system).

Date 04/05/2016

By Marcinoo

Subject Re: Re: Unable to boot sedutil *.img images

Reply

Hi again,

I confirm, odd things happens when extracting the both images by 7zip., it seems that there is some bug in 7zip or the images are corrupted in some way or there is some conflict between 7zip and the images.

I extracted both images by 7zip but at the end of the both extractions I got:
"Warning: there are some data after the end of the payload data" for Rescue image and
"Unexpected end of data" for EFI Debug image.

However, I followed your workarounds and both image are booting this way.

Thanks.
Best Regs

Date 03/05/2016

By Graham

Subject XP not in C drive

Reply

Hi.
After successfully installing XP to my Win 7 laptop, all is well, except I have some old software that has to be installed to drive C: - but C is a small system partition and XP is in a partition called D.
Is there a way to get the XP to be in C: not D:
Hope that makes sense!

Date 03/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: XP not in C drive

Reply

I don't think you can change it (at least not easily and without some risk of it not booting again!).
I would re-order the partitions and then re-install XP.
http://www.computing.net/answers/windows-xp/rename-drive-letter-on-xp-installation/196484.html
OR
hide the first small partition (e.g. set to Type=27hex or 17hex instead of 07hex if NTFS) and then delete the large ptn and reformat it. Then *reboot* to XP Setup and install to the large ptn (which is the only one XP should see).
Also, make sure you boot using the BIOS Boot Selection Pop-Up box, do not set the E2B USB drive as the first hard disk in the BIOS.

Date 03/05/2016

By Graham

Subject Re: Re: XP not in C drive

Reply

Thanks for the reply!
The weird thing is, when I boot into Win7, the 300MB System partition is there, but it has no drive letter allocated, so Win 7 in in C: .... When I boot XP, the Win 7 partition appears as F:, the system partition appears as C instead of no letter.
Previously, the machine dual booted Win7 32 or 64 bit, in both cases the booted partition appeared as C. I wonder if there's something in the MBR that controls this?

Date 03/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: XP not in C drive

Reply

What partition type is the 300MB system partition? Is it hidden? If it is set as the Active partition then maybe XP assumes that it is the system partition? If you set the larger boot partition as Active, then installed XP and then changed it back so the 300MB ptn was active (and re-installed your boot manager), it would be happy?

Date 03/05/2016

By Graham

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: XP not in C drive

Reply

Good thoughts, thank you.. I'll have a poke around. At first I thought it was a quirk of e2b, or rmprepusb, but then Win 7 would likely be the same. Ideally I'd get rid of that partition, but re-installing W7 would be a nightmare, so much installed software....

Date 03/05/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP not in C drive

Reply

XP Setup tells you what drive letter it is going to use. So only start the install if it says C:.

Date 03/05/2016

By Graham

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP not in C drive

Reply

Can I assign a drive letter via e2b? As when I create the partition I'm in win7, and that already uses drive C. I actually told it not to assign a drive letter, but I've never been convinced Windows pays attention to that.
Meanwhile, the boot manager entries are:
Entry #1
Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #2
Name: Microsoft Windows XP
BCD ID: {e7ae09f6-96a4-11e0-ae57-d033c0a160e3}
Device: \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Bootloader Path: \NST\ntldr

... does the device: setting come from e2b? If I could alter that to match the Win7 entry it may also work?

Date 04/05/2016

By Graham

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP not in C drive

Reply

Ok, so it seems Win7 creates a small hidden partition for it's boot stuff, and to allow for bitlocker.
Win XP can't boot from an un-lettered partition.
So, I either have to delete the system partition, or try and symlink C: to D: in Xp...
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/71363-system-reserved-partition-delete.html

Date 04/05/2016

By Graham

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP not in C drive

Reply

So, I fixed this.. Hope it will help someone else too!
I removed the small system partiton as per this process:
https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=409
Thanks for helping!

Date 28/04/2016

By Starla

Subject Boot XP VHD from bootmgr blog post.

Reply

Hi Steve.

Very interesting post. I've seen that approach before being used in Sergei Strelec's DOS section of his distros, for booting different ISOs, IMGs, etc, from a bootmgr menu, but didn't know how those .MBR files (which seem to contain grldr + corresponding boot commands) where generated.

According to your blog post, .MBR files act as the the grldr written to the MBR in our E2B drives, but also includes info about the correct ANGx file to load. And the ANGx files would be the equivalent of grldr at E2B root, but including custom boot command for each payload.

On SS distros, only .MBR + payload pairs are used, there aren't multiple ANGx equivalents at distro root or elsewhere. So my question is: are the .MBR files (as created by EasyBCD) actually required as the entry point in BCD? Could the BCD entry simply point to the ANGx file of choice?

Date 28/04/2016

By Stevesi

Subject Re: Boot XP VHD from bootmgr blog post.

Reply

If it was possible, then there would be no need for the mbr file!
The mbr file is just the same as the boot mbr+first 20 sectors which searches for grldr. They have modified it so it searches for ang0. Ang0 is just grldr but with an embedded menu which loads the payload.

Date 26/08/2016

By Rangle_Newfangle

Subject Strelec WinPE WinPE8 x86 WinPE10 x64 06.06.2016

Reply

Hey Starla & Steve. Reboot.Pro isn't allowing me to validate my registration email today so I'll go ahead and post this here instead.

I'm having some difficulty getting the latest Strelec (WinPE8 x86 WinPE10 x64) 06.06.2016 to work with my Easy2Boot as an .imgPTN.

I have a UASP mSATA drive in a USB 3 enclosure that's working great for the Win7 & Win10 .imgPTN I have on it. However, when I attempt to boot the Strelec .imgPTN on either PC I have I just get "an operating system wasn't found." I've attempted it as NTFS & Fat32. No change. Also Easy2Boot prompts as follows near the end of the .imgPTN creation.

INFORMATION: LABEL occurs in .LST files
UUID should use F694-A790
CDLABEL should be LABEL
LABEL should use EASY2BOOT
'media=cdrom' should be 'media=usb'
AUTO-CORRECT these? ([Y]/N) :

Whether I select autocorrect or not, still no luck with booting it.

Strelec's boot disc is in the list of tested payload files (it says to do it as FAT32 .imgPTN) however I'm guessing that was previous version???

I didn't pick up on anything in the FAQ, sample menu files, or forum thread on Easy2Boot.com that may help me to figure this out.

The latest Strelec works great with a USB flash drive...albeit mind numbingly slow compared to my high 4k iops mSata. Any ideas how I might debug this???

I'm pretty sure the ISO file extensions would only work if I was using a USB flash drive...even so I tried .isope01 without any luck. Should I try .isowinvh or .isoask or is that a waste of time like I think it would be???

Date 10/09/2016

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Strelec WinPE WinPE8 x86 WinPE10 x64 06.06.2016

Reply

I drag-and-dropped the SS 06.06.2016 ISO onto the MPI_FAT32 desktop shortcut and the .imgPTN seems to work OK for me.
If you boot it as an ISO from a fixed disk, you will need to use ImDisk to mount the ISO file as a virtual CD and then click on the blue MInstall icon in the bottom task bar.

Date 19/07/2019

By andrew

Subject Re: Strelec WinPE WinPE8 x86 WinPE10 x64 06.06.2016

Reply

HELP!! same problem

Date 19/07/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Strelec WinPE WinPE8 x86 WinPE10 x64 06.06.2016

Reply

Please start a new thread and state clearly your problem or start a live chat session with me.

Date 16/04/2016

By torrvic

Subject error 13 for ancient Linux

Reply

Hello to everybody!

My problem is:

Error 13:(http://grub4dos.chenall.net/e/13)
Invalid or unsupported executable format

I have very ancient RedHat of 2002 year (Linux 2.4.10). It works good.
Now I need to make bootable USB-device with this system.

I have made all the instructions from here:
http://www.easy2boot.com/make-an-easy2boot-usb-drive/

but I have this error message about error 13.

FAQ sais:
This usually means your payload file (.ISO, .IMA, etc) was not bootable or it is corrupt.
Some Windows ISOs are upgrade CDs or DVDs and are not bootable - they are designed to run
from within Windows.


I have tried simple DD-image from my partition /boot
and ISO-image made by "mkisofs" - error 13 both.

Please, help!

Thanks.

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