Quick Setup Guide
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NEW for 2020: Many systems these days are UEFI-only. Once you have made your E2B USB drive, I suggest you add a 2nd FAT32 partition containing the new a1ive grub2 File Manager for direct UEFI-booting from the ISO, WIM, VHD and IMG files on your E2B drive. E2B v2 will automatically add this second partition for you if you use Windows 10 to make it.
1. Type of USB Drive (Fixed v. Removable USB drive)
Note that some USB Flash drives can be very slow (even some 'fast' USB 3.0 ones such as Lexar P20!). I highly recommend the SanDisk Cru zer Extreme USB 3.0 Removable USB drive for E2B - for larger sizes, speed and robustness, a cheap SSD HDD in a fast USB 3.0 non-UASP drive caddy is great!
2. USB Drive size
Many BIOSes in PCs and Notebooks have a 137GB limit (driver bug) for USB drives (even recent BIOSes!) - any files placed beyond that point on the USB disk cannot be accessed on some systems (under grub4dos which uses the system BIOS). This means that the E2B partition must be the first partition on the USB drive and should not exceed 137GB (128GiB) to ensure it will work correctly on these buggy systems.
4. Make an E2B USB drive
5. Adding Payloads
- Always check the list here first for your particular payload and any special instructions.
- For MBR-booting only, copy your payload file(s) to any E2B menu folder.
- If you want to UEFI-boot and MBR-boot, make a FAT32 .imgPTN file using the MPI Tool Kit.
- Always run \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd before booting.
- UEFI-booting using FAT32 .imgPTN files will only work if the payload supports it and it contains UEFI-boot files.
- If you want the second partition on the E2B USB drive to remain accessible, use a file extension of .imgPTN23 to keep partitions 2 and 3 (if they exist).
- MBR-booting from a Windows .ISO file may not work correctly if you have a Fixed disk type of E2B USB drive - use or update to E2B v1.A8 or later.
- Windows-based .imgPTN files will work on both Removable and Fixed disks.
- Some payloads do not support UEFI-booting, but if you use the grub2 menu system, it is possible to UEFI-boot to many linux ISOs which don't normally support UEFI-booting. For Secure Boot, if using the E2B grub2 menu system, the 2nd partition must be FAT32 not NTFS.
All types of E2B drive (Removable and Fixed types):
- Linux ISOs (MBR booting) - Copy the ISO to any of the standard menu folders (e.g. \_ISO\MAINMENU or \_ISO\LINUX).
- Linux ISOs (UEFI-booting) - Boot to agFM or copy the .imgPTN file to any of the standard menu folders (e.g. \_ISO\MAINMENU or \_ISO\LINUX).
- Puppy Linux ISOs - use the .isopup file extension
- Mac puppy - use .isomacpup file extension
- Linux + persistence - Find and read the nearest matching .mnu file in the \_ISO\docs\Sample mnu Files\Linux folder.
- Windows Vista/7/8/10+ Install ISOs (MBR-booting + UEFI-booting) - Use as .ISO or convert a working bootable USB drive or ISO to a FAT32 .imgPTN file. Copy the .imgPTN file to any of the standard menu folders (e.g. \_ISO\MAINMENU or \_ISO\WIN) or to the correct \_ISO\WINDOWS\WINxxx folder.
- Windows XP 32-bit Install ISOs (MBR-booting) - Copy to \_ISO\WINDOWS\XP folder
- Windows To Go VHD - Copy the .VHD file to any of the standard menu folders (e.g. \_ISO\MAINMENU or \_ISO\WIN).
- WinPE .WIM file - Copy the file to any of the standard menu folders (e.g. \_ISO\MAINMENU or \_ISO\WIN).
- ERD Commander 2005/2007/MSDaRT5 - use the .isomemF01 or .isomemwinv file extension or use .isoDPMS or the ERD5_DPMS.mnu sample file.
- BartPE - use .isomemF01 or .isomemwinv file extension
- Ophcrack - Extra instructions here.
- KonBoot - See instructions in this list.
- UBCD4Win - use .isowinv file extension
- Partition Magic ISO - use .ISODOS file extension
- Gandalf's WinPE ISOs - use .ISO for later versions, otherwise convert to FAT32 .imgPTN file
- WinBuilder WinPE ISOs (MBR-booting) - Use file extension of .ISO - see here for details.
Removable E2B drive:
- Windows Vista/7/8/10+ Install ISOs (MBR-booting only) - Copy to the correct 3rd-level folder (e.g. \_ISO\WINDOWS\WIN8 for a Windows 8.1 ISO)
- Hiren's/DLC/DLCD/Strelec ISOs (MBR-booting) -Try a file extension of .ISOHW see here. For best results, convert to a .imgPTN file.
- WinPE ISOs (MBR-booting) - Use file extension of .ISOPE01 or convert to .imgPTN file if that doesn't work
Fixed E2B drive:
- Windows Vista/7/8/10+ Install ISOs (MBR-booting only) - use E2B v1.A8 or later - use .ISO or .imgPTN - a WinHelper USB drive may not be needed if 2GB+ RAM present.
- Hiren's/DLC/DLCD/Strelec ISOs (MBR-booting) - Try a file extension of .ISOHW plus a WinHelper flash drive, see here or convert the ISO to a FAT32 .imgPTN file.
- WinPE ISOs (MBR-booting) - Use file extension of .ISOPE01 plus a WinHelper flash drive or convert to .imgPTN file if that doesn't work