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Topic: Easy2Boot

Date 25/05/2019

By Krauter_German

Subject Re: Re: Multiple partitions

Reply

Hello, Maybe I have expressed myself inaccurately by the bad English. I have 2 Windows 10 PC and a Windows 7 PC. The USB stick with Easy2boot v 1.89 and visible data partition can boot on the Windows 7 PC, Easy2boot and I can use Acronis, Aomei, Easeus or other software, all imgPTNAUTO files.
The Windows 7 install imgPTNAUTO will start to select the partition selection for the installation, then I canceled.
I can later gladly install for testing on other SSD completely.
If I use another USB stick with Easy2boot v 1.B0A on the Windows 7 PC with visible data partition, Acronis, Aomei ... imgPTNAUTO in the main menu can not be executed.
(hd0,0) EASEUS_PART_ASSIST__13.5_PE.imgPTNAUTO
root ()> nul
ERROR 22: (https://grub4dos.chenall.net/e/22) No such partition
Press any key to continue ...

Date 25/05/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Multiple partitions

Reply

ah, OK. So you are saying that switching to a .imgPTNauto file when the two partitions are switched produces an error.
I think this is now fixed in todays version of E2B v1.B2b in the Alternate Download Area. Please update your E2B drive to it and try again.

Date 25/05/2019

By Krauter_German

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Multiple partitions

Reply

Yeah, it's working perfectly.
Many thanks and best regards

Date 19/05/2019

By Batfink

Subject Space after Subdirectories

Reply

I've been beavering away at this for ages, modding PE Windows, 7Zip compressing executables etc and I'm finally close to finishing the Legacy version (haha haven't even started the UEFI version), But for the life of me I can't figure out if there is a way to put a space after a Sub Dir, especially between the F8 to rebuild the main menu...I know I can turn it off, but i actually want to keep it.
Menu's 23,24,25 & 26 are sub menu's, is there a way to put a space between Menu 26 and the F8 menu below it.
https://imgur.com/acOYAYi
Many Thanks for making such a great menu system, I've been able to get things to work that I've never had working before.

Date 19/05/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Space after Subdirectories

Reply

The submenus and the F7-F10 menu entries are all in one .mnu file (\_ISO\MAINMENU\ZZSubMenuAll.mnu).
Now you can change the name of this file (so it is not overwritten by any future update) and edit it to add a blank menu entry before the F8 entry.
If you do run 'Update E2B' on the drive in the future, the update script will detect that you have renamed the ZZSubmenu.mnu file (because there wasn't one!) and ask if you want to delete the new copy that it has just added.
The other alternative would be to suppress the F8 menu entry and simply add you own ZZTF8.mnu file which has the same F8 menu code in it as used in ZZSubMenu.mnu.
P.S. Online chat facility is available on this website for quick help.

Date 20/05/2019

By Batfink

Subject Re: Re: Space after Subdirectories

Reply

I've scoured your Sample E2B config file, Googled laboriously how to make a blank menu entry (I know how to make a blank menu to produce a gap between runnable payloads but these are subdirectories), I've scoured your website but keep going in circles..it's not that there's not enough information, there's soooo much information.
Could you be a little clearer and throw a guy a bone :)
Seriously, I don't even know where to start..Do I need to make a physical blank menu on the USB stick..I already have some blank menu's and they don't show up because they're empty.

Date 20/05/2019

By Batfink

Subject Re: Re: Re: Space after Subdirectories

Reply

Nevermind, I found the bone myself.
What you meant was take the text from a physical blank zzz_blank.mn.mnu and insert it into the ZZSubMenuAll.mnu like this

title \n
root ()

Date 20/05/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Space after Subdirectories

Reply

yes - OR simply add another blank.mnu file and another F8 mnu file.
E2B orders files alphabetically, so
ZZSubMenuAll.mnu (unchanged) < sub menus listed (NOF8MAIN)
ZZTBlank.mnu < separator
ZZUMyF8.mnu < your F8 menu

Copy the F8 menu entry from the ZZSubMenuAll.mnu file into a new ZZUMyF8.mnu file but delete the 'if not exist NOF8MAIN' text so it is always seen.

Date 08/05/2019

By infuscomus

Subject load custom DSDT for XP?

Reply

Can Easy2boot load a custom DSDT table before loading XP ISO?
like add a kernel variable
acpi=/boot/dsdt.aml
then update grub?
sudo update-grub2
can I update grub when using easy2boot?

Date 08/05/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: load custom DSDT for XP?

Reply

E2B uses grub4dos not grub2.
So the answer is no!

Date 08/05/2019

By infuscomus

Subject Re: Re: load custom DSDT for XP?

Reply

are there any multiboot ISO software that use grub2?

Date 09/05/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: load custom DSDT for XP?

Reply

I think MultiSystem is based on grub2, or you can try the E2B grub2 menu system.
https://www.easy2boot.com/uefi-grub2-ptn2/

Date 13/05/2019

By infuscomus

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: load custom DSDT for XP?

Reply

Thanks,
I will try that

Date 28/04/2019

By Krauter

Subject Update 1.A9 to 1.B0

Reply

Hi, I have updated Easy2Boot from version 1.A9 to 1.B0. I use a master password. If I now enter the master password and confirm with Enter nothing happens. Only when I press a button afterwards loads the main menu.

Date 28/04/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Update 1.A9 to 1.B0

Reply

Try updating to the latest Beta v1.B0A.zip

Date 30/04/2019

By Krauter

Subject Re: Re: Update 1.A9 to 1.B0

Reply

Hi, I have the menu.Ist (\ _ISO \ e2b \ grub \) from v1.B0 with the newer menu.Ist from v1.B0A replaced.
The input of the master password works perfectly again.
I have one more question: if I choose in the main menu HDD0 [F7] it works for most PC, with a PC with M.2 NVME SSD remains a flashing cursor and I have to restart the PC. Can it be because it is PCIe and not SATA.
Thank you for solving the problem with the master password.
Best wishes

Date 30/04/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Update 1.A9 to 1.B0

Reply

Nvme Drive should be listed as bios disk 1 with usb as drive 0. Check in utilities menu. Configure bios for legacy support of the drive. Ensure NVMe drive is NOT set to RAID.
Some BIOSes will only UEFI-boot from NVMe drives. The F7 key will only MBR-boot.

Date 08/05/2019

By Krauter_German

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Update 1.A9 to 1.B0

Reply

Hi,
the F7 error is probably due to the GPT partition style of the NVMe drive.
The small detour via F9 is OK.

Date 28/04/2019

By mariano

Subject virus?

Reply

antivirus trend micro tells me that Easy2Boot_v1.B0.exe contains virus

Date 28/04/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: virus?

Reply

VirusTotal does not show any problem with Trend Micro or 70 other antivirus packages.
https://tiny.cc/fowu5y
So it is safe to assume it is a false positive. You can always download the .zip file instead of the .exe.

Date 22/04/2019

By infuscomus

Subject install XP via WinPE - setup cant continue - "Basic Disks created by Windows NT 4.0"

Reply

I am attempting to install Windows XP via WinPE - but I have run into a problem when the install complains about "Basic Disks created by Windows NT 4.0" and as far as I can tell in computer management, all my disks are dynamic

why would the installer complain about basic disks? have I missed something?

Date 22/04/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: install XP via WinPE - setup cant continue - "Basic Disks created by Windows NT 4.0"

Reply

Not quite sure what you mean? Are you booting from an XP ISO to XP Setup in the normal way, or some other way? Are you installing to a blank, clean disk? Are you attempting to install XP to a dynamic disk using XP Setup? When installing XP it has to be to a Basic disk - you can then convert it to Dynamic if you wish (AFAIK).
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/solutionbase-managing-dynamic-disks-in-windows-xp/

Date 23/04/2019

By infuscomus

Subject Re: Re: install XP via WinPE - setup cant continue - "Basic Disks created by Windows NT 4.0"

Reply

I am using the "Install Windows XP using WinPE" method
https://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/windows-install-isos/install-xp-using-winpe/
yes I am installing to a clean disk
I get the error after I enter the license key and select language

Date 23/04/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: install XP via WinPE - setup cant continue - "Basic Disks created by Windows NT 4.0"

Reply

What x86 32-bit WinPE OS did you use? Windows 10?
I think you need to use Windows 7 PE which does work.
I get the same error with WinPE 10 1607.
Win8 works. So Win10 is different in some way!

Date 23/04/2019

By infuscomus

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: install XP via WinPE - setup cant continue - "Basic Disks created by Windows NT 4.0"

Reply

I have been using Windows 10 PE
I will try Windows 7 PE

Date 25/04/2019

By infuscomus

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: install XP via WinPE - setup cant continue - "Basic Disks created by Windows NT 4.0"

Reply

Windows 8 PE worked although I thought on reboot it would start Step 2 of XP install not Step 1

Date 15/04/2019

By utilman

Subject Samsung T5 SSD - how have 2nd partition visible with UEFI-boot

Reply

I have 2 primary partitions on the T5. MBR boot works, and second partition (NTFS) is visible and usable. When I change with SWITCH_E2B.exe to a imgPTN for UEFI-boot, the 2nd partiton is not visible after booting. When I have a look disk management in windows I see a unused diskspace and are able to make a partition. But partition should already be there. Can someone help me out on how to make this work. So that the 2nd partition is usable with MBR and UEFI boot?

Date 15/04/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Samsung T5 SSD - how have 2nd partition visible with UEFI-boot

Reply

The .imgPTN file extension clears the MBR partition table and uses Ptn1 for the .imgPTN file.
If you want to keep the 2nd (and 3rd) partitions, simply change the file extension to .imgPTN23.
https://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/wizard/primer/

Date 15/04/2019

By utilman

Subject Re: Re: Samsung T5 SSD - how have 2nd partition visible with UEFI-boot

Reply

thx SteveSi !! Exactly what I was looking for. Sometimes hard to find between all the documentation on the website :)... simple solution, but works like a charm. Renamed the files, and now works.. Now I can boot UEFI from acronis/easeus WinPE and backup to 2nd partition on external SSD.. great!

Date 06/04/2019

By Krauter_Germany

Subject SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB Solid State USB-Flash-Laufwerk USB 3.1

Reply

Hello,
I've been using Sandisk Extreme PRO USB 3.0 Flash Drive with E2B for a long time and I'm still excited. I wanted to buy Sandisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive, although there are always problems with the Flash Drive (Amazon reviews).
On Amazon Germany I read in questions and answers:
I want to install a bootable linux on the stick. Is the stick USB 3 bootable?
SanDisk Customer Care: We would like to point out that we did not test the sticks like bootable drives and we do not recommend this usage. Because our USB sticks are not suitable as bootable devices in contrast to our internal SSDs. Using a SanDisk USB flash drive as a boot device is not covered under our warranty.
What is your opinion on this statement? I am now testing an NVME M.2 SSD with external housing (JMS583 chip).
Many Thanks

Date 06/04/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB Solid State USB-Flash-Laufwerk USB 3.1

Reply

Hi, if you want a fast, removable USB flash drive I recommend the Extreme Pro 3.1. I have 5 SanDisk Extremes and never had a problem using them as E2B drives in over 5 years.
All MLC Flash memory wears out and has a limited number of erase/write cycles of about 30,000. Unlike SSDs, flash drives don't tend to have expensive controllers which fully handle wear leveling, so it all comes down to how you are going to use the drive.
As a USB multiboot drive, booting to Linux LiveCD ISOs or WinPE is not going to do many writes to the drive. However, if you intend to run WindowsToGo or Linux from the Flash drive all day and every day and have a swap file on the drive and hyberfile, then you will probably wear it out after a year or so.
SanDisk cannot give a 3-5yr Warranty if you use a drive in this way (so just don't tell them!).

Date 27/03/2019

By Mihkel Kukk

Subject disable Wimboot

Reply

Hey, Would it be possible to disable Wimboot, as in, I'd like it that if I choose the windows 10 install ISO, it would start the installation like if it would boot straight into a windows install disk. as in I wouldn't need to press any keys until it'll prompt me into the windows installer.

I'm asking it because I would like to not have any key files or anythings as this is for a commercial use, I would like to have my windows install as clean as possible, whilst still be able to multi boot to different tools on the drive.

Thank you!

Date 27/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: disable Wimboot

Reply

Hi
I am assuming that you don't really mean that you don't want to run WIMBOOT...
If you dont want the XML choice, then as soon as you see the message to press ENTER quickly to run Repair\Setup then just press ENTER quickly.
The alternative is to copy the Windows Install ISO to some other folder (e.g. \_ISO\WIN).
The keys used are general purpose installation-only keys. They are perfectly 'legal' because they cannot be activated. They are for installation of Windows only and are actually made public by Microsoft for that purpose.

Date 20/03/2019

By Carlos

Subject Cannot boot Linux ISOs with persistence.

Reply

Hello! I've been trying to boot Linux ISOs (Xubuntu 16.04.3 i386 and KDE Neon amd64 in particular) with persistence, but i get an error message that says that the persistence file was not found.

I'm running the latest E2B release, 1.A9 and using an edited ubuntu-13.04-desktop-i386_Persistent.mnu file from the sample mnu files folder where i changed the ISO and persistence file paths accordingly.

I created a 1024 MB persistence file using Make_Ext.exe at the root of my flash drive, named it "neon-rw" for KDE Neon but while trying to boot it says the neon-rw persistence file was not found. I even tryed moving the neon-rw file inside the MNU folder and changing the set PF line to set PF=$HOME$/neon-rw, but it still said persistence file was not found.

The ISO files are detected fine, before showing the error message, it says the file system is joliet. Also, both ISO files boot fine without persistence. My flash drive is formatted NTFS.

Date 20/03/2019

By Stevesi

Subject Re: Cannot boot Linux ISOs with persistence.

Reply

Can you post here the exact line that you used for the PER line in the menu?
Also check that the file exists by booting from the E2B drive and use the utilities menu to list the root directory files.
Also test the menu using the test_using_qemu CMD file under Windows.

Date 20/03/2019

By Carlos

Subject Re: Re: Cannot boot Linux ISOs with persistence.

Reply

I've put the KDE Neon ISO, edited MNU file and neon-rw file inside /Linux/MNU folder. Using the ls dir command from the utilities menu lists the 3 files correctly.
The lines i used for the MNU files are the following:
"set ISO=$HOME$/xubuntu-16.04.3-i386.iso"
and
"set PF=$HOME$/neon-rw"
Both without quotation marks.

Date 20/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Cannot boot Linux ISOs with persistence.

Reply

see below...

Date 20/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Cannot boot Linux ISOs with persistence.

Reply

P.S. You said that you were using ubuntu-13.04-desktop-i386_Persistent.mnu
Well that mnu file uses PER not PF!!!
...
set ISO=$HOME$/ubuntu-13.04-desktop-i386.iso
set PER=/ubuntu1304-rw

Date 08/03/2019

By mac

Subject How do I install W7 & W10, as Dual-Boot OS's?

Reply

I've built a new PC.
I want to be able to Dual-Boot by installing W7 & W10,
preferably by installing each of them into their own GPT partition on one HDD.
So can I install each of these OS from their original install DVD's ?
And what should my BIOS settings be ?
I seem to getting issues, so could you provide a detailed guide as to how to do this?
Hoping you can help,
Many thanks.

Date 08/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: How do I install W7 & W10, as Dual-Boot OS's?

Reply

Hi
First convert each ISO to a .imgPTN file and add the two files to the E2B drive.
Then UEFI-boot from the Win7 x64 .imgPTN file (after switching it in) and install Win7.
Then reduce the OS partition to make room for the Win10 OS.
Then boot to the Win10 .imgPTN file (after switching it in) and install Win10.
Note that to make the Win7 imgPTN bootable you will need to add the bootx64.efi file - see https://www.easy2boot.com/add-payload-files/win7-uefi/
Also note that Win7 is very old and does not contain drivers for USB 3 - so you may have problems installing Win7 from a USB drive!
or you could always read my eBook... ;-)

Date 08/03/2019

By mac

Subject Re: Re: How do I install W7 & W10, as Dual-Boot OS's?

Reply

Hi Steve,
Many thanks for your reply, seems like a great website!
I'm new to these problems, so I have a few queries & questions:
Q1: Firstly, I was told that installing W7 & W10 with UEFI enabled in my BIOS
would 'Cause Problems' because W7 was developed B4 UEFI ?
Q2: Also, Do I need UEFI enabled in my BIOS ?
Q3: What exactly do I need to 'SET' in my BIOS ?
And in your reply you said...
First convert each ISO to a .imgPTN file
(Q4: How do I do that? *)
...and add the two files to the E2B drive.
Then UEFI-boot from the Win7 x64 .imgPTN file (after switching it in)
(Q5: * after switching it in * So how do I do that ?)
...and install Win7.
...Also note that Win7 is very old and does not contain drivers for USB 3 -
so you may have problems installing Win7 from a USB drive!
(Q6: * Win7 does not contain USB 3 drivers * So can I use USB2 ?)
...or you could always read my eBook... ;-)
(Q7: Does that explain everything in more detail ? If so where's the link ? )
Many thanks

Date 08/03/2019

By mac

Subject Re: Re: Re: How do I install W7 & W10, as Dual-Boot OS's?

Reply

I also forgot to ask:
Q8: What preparation do I need to make to my HDD before I use easy"boot to install the Os's ?
Q9: Eg BIOS settings / Formatting HDD to GPT etc ?
Thanks

Date 08/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: How do I install W7 & W10, as Dual-Boot OS's?

Reply

Q1. If you have 2TB or larger disks, then you need GPT partitions. If you need GPT partitions then you need UEFI. If your disk is smaller than 2TB there is no need for GPT and no need for UEFI. Win7 64-bit works OK with UEFI+GPT.
Q2. See Q1 above.
Q3. For BIOS - just do not disable UEFI. preferably also enable CSM.
Q4. - Q9. Please use the Site Map or Google for your answers. This is an E2B forum, not a 'How do I install Windows' forum.
Read https://www.easy2boot.com/useful-things-to-know/

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

I am trying to install XP on a MSI MS-6570 XP wipes out the boot record of the E2B flash. I am using the boot menu (F8) with the same issue. I am using a SIL3114 SATA card and a Kingston 240GB SSD.

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

I can tell this because after the initial dos screen where XP copies the basic files and reboots, this error comes up "Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from the selected boot disk. Check boot path and disk hardware.
Please check the windows documentation about hardware disk configuration and your hardware reference manuals for additional information.
When I remove all disks except the E2B flash this error comes up. anyway else and I get the standard "No boot disk found" error. "BOOT DISK FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER"

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

When I remove the E2B USB drive and insert it into the PC that I built the drive with, and press with "TEST with QEMU I see the same "Windows could not start" error

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

After removing all drives from BIOS, i have stopped XP from wiping out the boot record on the flash drive but the second step for the xp install only copies the image to ram disk and then reboots to the E2B menu.

Date 03/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

It sounds like the first hard disk in the system is not the disk you are installing XP onto? It needs to be the first hard disk (if you boot to E2B - Utilities and use List BIOS Disks - it should list hd1 as the SSD drive).
Do you have both an internal IDE controller enabled in the BIOS and the SATA card? If so disable all controllers and disks except for the SATA card and SSD.
Step 2 assumes that you have installed the boot code to Disk 0.
When you run Step 2 - you should see a message like
'Mapping (hd0) to (hd1) and (hd1) to (hd0)
SPACEBAR=Pause, ENTER=Start now - STARTING IN 5 SECONDS...'

When you see the last message - quickly press the C key and then press ENTER key to get to the command line. Then type

find
ls (hd0,0)/
ls (hd1,0)/
ls (hd2,0)/

now if one of these lists the file /ntldr on the XP hard disk, type the following (assuming that (hd1,0) has the XP files...

root (hd1,0)
chainloader +1
boot

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

Hi Steve, Yes I do have an IDE controller enabled. It has a optical drive attached. I will do as you suggested and get back to you. I saw your response after giving up. The file copy takes such a LOOOOOOONNNNNGGGG time. Its easily 40 minutes for each try.

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

Steve: >It sounds like the first hard disk in the system is not the disk you are installing XP onto? It needs to be the first hard disk (if you boot to E2B - Utilities and use List BIOS Disks - it should list hd1 as the SSD drive).
Do you have both an internal IDE controller enabled in the BIOS and the SATA card? If so disable all controllers and disks except for the SATA card and SSD."

Yes I did have the IDE controller enabled. As of this posting it is Disabled (both controllers)

I ran List Bios disks and here is what came out:
(fd3): Volume name is "(unsupported)".
Filesstem type is fat12, using whole disk
(hd0,0): Volume name is "E2B"
File System type is ntfs, partition type 0x07
(hd0,1): Volume name is "PTN2"
file system type is fat12 partition type is 0x21
=================hd0===============
drive 0x80(LBA): C/H/S=1885/255/63. sector count/size=30282525/512
Partition num: 0, active, filesystem type is ntfs, partition type 0x07
Partition num: 1, filesystem type is fat12, partition type 0x21

Contents of (hd0,0) E2B
{looks like it lists some files}
Contents of (hd0,1) PTN2
System\ Volume\ Information
==========
Press a key for current drive map...
floppies_orig=1, Harddrives_orig=2, floppies_curr=0, harddrives_curr=2
Number of atapi CD-ROMs: 0
ram_drive=0x7f, rd_base=0x3FFAF000, rd_size=0x13000
Fr To Hm Sm To_c _H _S Start_Sector Sector _Count DHR
03 ff 00 88 8882 FE 3F 00000000001FFE40 0000000000000140 M=R
After waiting for 10 minutes, I pressed a key and it returned to the utilities menu.

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

ok. After running the find command it returned the following:

(0xff)
(hd0,0)
(hd0,1)
(fd0)
(fd1)

ls (hd0,0)/ returned files that appeared to be on the e2b flash drive. I see "MAKE_E2B_USB_DRIVE (run\ as\ admin).cmd etc
ls (hd1,0)/ returned the same files. (yes I don't understand it but there it is.)
ls (hd2,0)/ returned Error 21: (https://grup4dos.chenall.net/e/21) The selected disk does not exist.
It seems your environment is not seeing the SSD drive.
I will hold off installing the XP OS from CD rom (as I know this does work) and work with you on this. If you want to take this to email let me know.
Sincerely,
Harold Robinson

Date 03/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

Hi
You obviously need to enable the external SATA controller in the BIOS so the SSD can be seen by the BIOS (and XP).
If E2B warns you that no HDD was detected, then it is never going to boot from the SSD.
Ensure the first boot device in the BIOS settings is set to the SSD drive.
If the SSD is not visible in the BIOS settings, then it obviously can't boot from the SSD.
If XP Setup is trying to write the boot code to the USB drive, then there will be no boot code on the SSD so it will not boot in Step 2. You must configure the BIOS so the SSD is the first drive in the system and keep the E2B drive connected so that you can tell if it has corrupted it or not after Step 1. If the boot code has been written to the USB drive, then there is no point trying Step 2.
If any more problems - use the online Chat facility on this website (enable pop-ups if using FireFox) or Contact Me page.

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

There is no BIOS setting to make the external SATA visable. I went into the SATA cards bios and there is no option in there either only menu selections dealing with creating a array, deleting an array, repairing an array, and an exit option. I am not seeing an error that tells me that there is no drive or hard disk present. I do see that when I run under QEMU when testing to make sure it will boot. The computers BIOS is set as follows:
Advanced BIOS Features
1st boot device [HDD-0]
2nd boot device [Disabled]
3rd boot device [Disabled]
Boot Other Device [Disabled]
I can list other BIOS settings if you wish.

Date 03/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

Ignore QEMU - it is a virtual system and has nothing to do with your real system.
If the 1st boot device [HDD-0] is set - then what exactly is that HDD-0 device (with no USB drive or other storage device connected). Surely it must be the SSD if that is the only device connected?
If E2B does not give you a warning on boot, then it must see an internal BIOS HDD in the system.
Can you boot to E2B and go to the Utilities Menu and run the List BIOS devices option? hd0 should be the USB drive and hd1 should be the SSD.

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

I can confirm that if I slipstream the SIL drivers into my ISO and burn that to a CD, XP will install successfully. So Your Easy2Boot drive is selecting the correct drivers. during XP's first stage installer (the text part) It does see the drive, it formats it and (that is when the USB key boot record is wiped out). the USB key is listed as Drive 0 and the SSD is listed as Drive 1, which is were we are having our problem.

Date 04/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

So does the E2B Utilities - List BIOS disks menu option list hd0 as the USB drive and hd1 as the SSD?

The issue here is that the BIOS must see the SSD.
Of course XP Setup can see the SSD because it loads the driver for it. But in order to boot from the SSD, the BIOS must be able to see it.

The boot code is transferred to the internal hard disk at the end of the copy files stage. So pulling out the USB drive just means that it cannot write the boot code and files to the USB drive (if it was going to). XP Setup will want to update the boot code on the 'boot' drive and E2B takes steps to ensure this happens by changing hdd0 to be the internal hdd instead of hd1.
For instance, if you run Step 1 and then allow it to reboot from the SSD, it should boot OK (it will fail later with an 'asms not found' error - but at least it will boot).
So your 'objective' is to run Step 1, when it starts the 10 second timer to reboot at the end - pull out the USB drive and allow it to boot to the SSD. If it does not boot - then Setup has gone wrong.
Once it does boot from the SSD, you can reboot and run Step 2 (which should then also work) and complete the install.
P.S. Make sure you use the F8 boot selection pop-up menu when booting to E2B - do NOT set the USB drive as the first boot device in the BIOS Settings menu.
If you do spoil your E2B drive, you should be able to fix it by running RMPrepUSB - Install grub4dos twice, once for MBR and once for PBR.

Date 04/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

Steve:> "So does the E2B Utilities - List BIOS disks menu option list hd0 as the USB drive and hd1 as the SSD?"
Harold: No I just checked again and it only lists the USB drive as HDD0
Steve:>"The issue here is that the BIOS must see the SSD. Of course XP Setup can see the SSD because it loads the driver for it. But in order to boot from the SSD, the BIOS must be able to see it."
Harold: "After the computer BIOS has completed its post stage, I then see:
Sil 3114 SataRaid BIOS Version 5.4.03
Copyright (C) 1997-2006 Silicon Image, Inc.
Press <Ctrl+S> or F4 to enter RAID utility
0 KINGSTON SV300S37A24 223 GB"

My BIOS does not support SATA drives, hence I am using the SATA card. I don't even have an option in BIOS (I don't think) to see the drive because the BIOS of the SATA card had not been initialized yet.
If you want I can run freedos to see if I can see the drive. but under grub4dos (E2B) I am not seeing it. I am guessing you are using grub4dos.

Date 04/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

Thanks for the clarification. So if E2B does not list the SSD SATA drive as a BIOS drive then installing XP from the E2B drive is not going to work.
BUT I don't understand why E2B does not warn you that it cannot see an internal hard disk when you boot to E2B??? If E2B does not detect an hd1 (the first internal hard disk) you should see that coloured warning text???

What should happen is that after switch-on, POST should run, it should add its Option ROM code into the BIOS and detect SATA drive, then it should allow you to boot from USB or from the SATA drive or go into the BIOS and see the SATA drive listed.
According to the SIL website, if you are not using RAID, you should update the firmware on the SIL card to use the 'IDE' base 'b' version of the firmware. Maybe this will help? https://www.latticesemi.com/en/Support/AnswerDatabase/4/7/8/4784
Do you still say that you can install XP from CD (with the only drive being the SSD drive) and it boots to XP OK? I am not quite sure how it could do that!
P.S. Update firmware+manual is here https://1drv.ms/u/s!AqlrQcdsFA-KsQhnt96X0lkfYfFs
Extract the files to the root of your E2B drive, boot to E2B and run DOS menu - boot to FreeDOS - choose default NTFS option to get to C: prompt. Now you can type UpdFlash and load the b5403.bin file (r is for RAID version).
Here is an excellent post from someone who seems to know where his towel is...
https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=49471#p734172

Date 04/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

Please try v1.B0c Beta
https://tiny.cc/i4nr3y
If you try it before you update the SIL3114 firmware, it should give you plenty of warnings.
If you try it after updating the SIL3114 firmware, hopefully it will work :-). I have not changed E2B XP install functions though - it won't fix your issue (unless you update the SIL3114 firmware).

Date 04/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

I just found this buried in the manual. It seems you can use the RAID firmware!

Creating a JBOD Configuration
The BIOS RAID utility does not report non-RAID drives to the system BIOS. If a non-RAID boot drive or data drive is desired, create a JBOD so the BIOS RAID utility will report the drive to the system BIOS.
1. Select 'Create RAID set' from the Main Menu section of the RAID Configuration Utility screen.
2. Select 'JBOD' and press Enter.
3. Select 'JBOD drive' from the Physical Drive list and press Enter.
4. Select the size of the JBOD drive with the ↑ and ↓ keys and press Enter.
5. When the 'Are You Sure?' confirmation prompt appears, respond 'Y' to complete the JBOD configuration.

The hard disk should now be listed in the BIOS menu as a 'JBOD' device.
Obvious, isn't it! To add a non-RAID single disk, you use the Create RAID set option!!!

Date 03/03/2019

By Harold Robinson

Subject Re: XP wiping out boot record on E2B flash drive

Reply

I have given up on this for now. I have been at this for 12 hours. I can not get the second stage of XP to start. In order to get the first stage to successfully run. I would wait until the XP files were copied to RAM disk. then before the XP install started, pull the USB drive to prevent XP from overwriting the boot record.
the first stage install would run successfully and reboot. After the 2nd stage completed its copy it was suppose to boot off the hard disk, and this would not happen. I could not get the second stage of XP to work properly. I am going to use old school, stream line a set of drivers and do it this way. I will continue to monitor this thread for possible solutions.

Date 02/03/2019

By Robb

Subject Passcape

Reply

Hi. How to Proper Boot Passcape?. I tried once boot it but my keyboard and mouse did not work. tnx, easy 2 boot :)

Date 02/03/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Passcape

Reply

Passcape Reset Password is based on WinPE. It may not have the drivers required for your (modern?) PC. Try using a USB 2 port for the kbd and mouse. Since it is a commercial program, contact Passcape. The latest trial version seems to have drivers which were added on Jan 2019 - so it seems up to date and should work. Is your ISO too old?
Also, try converting the ISO to a FAT32 .imgPTN file and see if UEFI-booting works?

Date 10/02/2019

By Batfink

Subject Neater Menu

Reply

I've been using Grub4dos for a long time and I've set up my menu with all the things i use the most at the top of the screen (HDSentinel for dos and then a space) and then after the space i have Cloning Software clumped together like Acronis,Paragon etc..These arent in sub menu's, they are launched directly from the main menu.
Then I have another space and after that i have partitioning tools, once again Acronis,Paragon etc.
Then another space and after that portable OS's , Hirens Windows 7,Gandalfs Windows 8 & 10 etc.
Then another space and finally under that i have submenus of the things i don't use as often.
Its just there is sooooo much information I'm having trouble coming to grips if i can move out the default menu's completely, Insert my top options and add a line in between the different genres of programs.
I took some quick pictures of what I'm trying to achieve but there's nowhere to post them unfortunately.
Is there anywhere i can download peoples e2b config files or even whole iso images of usb sticks that i can go through and see how they've done it...Thats originally how i learnt on grub4dos...pulling apart somebody else's work, making changes and seeing what it did, seeing what changed.
Is there a place you use to host a couple of pictures to show you what i mean ?

Date 10/02/2019

By Batfink

Subject Re: Neater Menu

Reply

I added a couple of pictures to Imgur
https://imgur.com/a/1mPXU6b

Date 10/02/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Neater Menu

Reply

Hi
The first entry you have is Hard Disk Sentinel for DOS. So copy the ISO to the \_ISO\MAINMENU and boot to E2B and try it. It will appear in the Main Menu is 'hdsdos' but you can change the file name to 'Hard Disk Sentinel (DOS).iso if you like. If you want it in the Utilities menu, then just copy the ISO to \_ISO\UTILITIES.
If you want it to be listed as the first entry, name it aaa_hdsdos.iso. Entries are listed alphabetically by file name.
Now to change the entry text and also add the lines of help text under the menu when you select it, create a aaa_hdsdos.txt file using \_ISO\Txt_Maker.exe.
The next item you have is a blank line, so copy "\_ISO\docs\Sample mnu files\E2B Menus\A_BlankMenuEntry.mnu"
to \_ISO\MAINMENU folder and rename it as aab_blank.mnu.
The next item you have is Acronis True Image 2018. So copy the .ISO file to \_ISO\MAINMENU and name it aba_Acronis2018.iso. Then make a aba_Acronis2018.txt file for it.
Rinse and repeat...
For some of the other items, e.g. Antivirus, backup, Windows Install, just copy the ISOs to the correct E2B menu folders.

The other alternative is to simply use your current menu.lst file. Copy your menu to \_ISO\MAINMENU and name it 'Batfink Menu.mnu'. Edit it to remove the initial grub4dos lines so it starts with 'title xxxx' and all the following entries. Copy your ISOs to the correct folders on the E2B drive as expected by your menu.

You can always start a chat session with me if you have any problems. There should be a chat icon pop-up on this page.

Date 13/02/2019

By Batfink

Subject Re: Re: Re: Neater Menu

Reply

Thank you so much for your reply, it put me on the right path so to speak.
Hahaha however I think this menu is going to drive me to drink.
Is the sorting Alphanumeric, When i first started with just HDsentinel and the cloning software i could have sworn they were in the correct order.
Then I added a space and added partitioning software, Removed the backdrop,set it to 1024..I know it looks like a dogs breakfast, I was going to ask and read a bit more about removing help menu's and highlighting menu items etc..eventually.
However, This is driving me bonkers ..as you can see from the explorer picture all my files are in perfect alphanumeric order and yet in the second picture you can actually see them detecting in the wrong order as the USB stick boots, and finally in the last picture you can see them in the wrong order (or the same order they detected in)
https://imgur.com/a/7g5agy5
Am i insane, is it my numbering system, is it something to do with me not having a backdrop or turning off the extra menu's.

Date 13/02/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Neater Menu

Reply

Whoops! You have found a bug! Though I did tell you to use aaa not 000 ;-)
It is because grub4dos is treating 002f as a number and is discarding the non-numbers, so 002a is smaller than 002g (g=GB so 002g=2GB whereas 003d = 3 and 002f=2). grub4dos treats k,m,g and t as multipliers and so the list is not sorted correctly. You can use a non-number as the first character and it should work correctly - e.g. @002f-
or download the latest E2B v1.A9j Beta from the Alternate Download Areas on GDrive or OneDrive.
https://www.easy2boot.com/download/alternate-download-sites/
if you try the latest version, please let me know if it works or not.

See also
https://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/mainmenuonly/
and use the E2B_Editor.exe to make your menu (load a 1024x768 bitmap so the editor switches to 1024 mode - you can remove the bitmap later if you wish).

Date 13/02/2019

By Batfink

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Neater Menu

Reply

Hahaha I found a bug.
Goddammit, yes you did say to use aaa but I thought I'd be a smarty-pants and use numbers to give myself more options to expand if needed be.. Lots more numbers than letters in the alphabet etc etc.
I'll try the beta first before I do anything else because now I'm curious to see what happens.
Ah OK, I thought the editor only supported up to 800..I'll give that a try. At least I know I'm not freaking insane.

Date 13/02/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Neater Menu

Reply

Actually there are more letters! a-z is 26 whereas 0-9 is 10. so aaa-zzz gives far wider scope than 000-999 ;-)

Date 16/02/2019

By Batfink

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Neater Menu

Reply

You're hurting my brain ;)
Your beta worked perfectly, I upgraded it directly over the USB stick.
I'm actually pretty bland when it comes to this stuff, I don't need a backdrop at all, or a logo..just a surrounding box is good enough...It's a tool, not a Picasso :)
I don't even need a help menu, Its for me, I know what everything does since I made it, The more i can fit on the screen the better.
That being said, I do like a menu thats easy to see, Easy to tell whats selected so i have a couple of questions.
1. In the Imgur pictures i posted you'll notice the text is white unless selected and then a large white selection over it highlites it and makes the text under it black..nice and easy to see...Can that be done ?
2. Also the RETURN TO PREVIOUS MENU (F8), is that location set in stone, can it be moved to the top of the sub menu's and be the default item selected and set apart with a space so if you're looking for something and went to the wrong menu you can just press enter to go back.
3.Is there a way to actually completely remove the help ...I did move it down totally off the screen but for the built in items (MENU REFRESH) like shown in the picture it still shows up in the default place.
4.Can i move the wwww.easy2boot.com to maybe the top of the main menu where it shows the version number.
Hahaha, So many questions, so little time..I'm appreciative of all the help you've given me so far.
After this I'm going to used my applied knowledge to try and make a UEFI one, I'm sorely in need of one of those. https://imgur.com/a/MqcQ5uu

Date 16/02/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Neater Menu

Reply

1. As in the Sample_MyE2B.cfg and on the https://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/ page,
the selection text can be highlighted by defining a highlight colour - e.g. color highlight=0xFFFFFF00000000
2. Any menu can be removed using one of the NOFxxx variables in your MyE2B.cfg file. Any new menu can be added by adding in a .mnu file (see v1.A9k Sample mnu Files\E2B Menus for example .mnu files). A menu space can be added as already explained by adding a .mnu file. https://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/mainmenuonly/
3. Help can be removed using set NOF1=1 in your MyE2B.cfg file - https://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/f1-help-menu/
4. The FOOTER help text can be removed by setting its position to just after the last line of the menu - or moved - using HBTM. The Main Menu heading is determined by the HEADING variable. As already explained, the E2B_Editor.exe GUI will help you and it already has an Options list for suppressing F1 and F8, etc.
You may find it useful to define Global Hotkeys - https://www.easy2boot.com/configuring-e2b/global-hotkeys/
and look at the Sample_MyE2B.cfg file which contains a load of example settings. Use the SITE MAP!
P.S. grub4dos does not UEFI-boot. You will need to use grub (grub2) for a UEFI menu system or the new syslinux for UEFI.

Date 24/01/2019

By Ryan

Subject Support

Reply

I am very impressed with this product, but also the support is amazing. I had an issue (turned out was my windows 10 machine) but the help was far better than any other support forum.

I wish there were more products like this out there and more companies that run with this service level.

Date 25/01/2019

By C.F.

Subject Re: Support

Reply

I can totally agree with this. Seriously, look at my question right below this. I couldn't tell one company I BOUGHT something from that has such a fast + straight forward support.

Date 29/01/2019

By Nicolai

Subject Re: Support

Reply

Hello, I'm trying to boot a 7GB windows 7 based WIM file. I get the following error: There isn't enough memory to create a ramdisk device

Any idea what i'm doing wrong?

Date 29/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Support

Reply

wim files are loaded into RAM. So does your system have at least 8GB of RAM?
Why didn't you use a VHD instead?

Date 30/01/2019

By Nicolai

Subject Re: Re: Re: Support

Reply

Hi Steve, Thanks for your answer.
I'll check that asap. It's a weird customer request and we don't have people with experience to set it up, im left with google. Is that always the case for wim files from USB? Would that problem be solved with a server or using MDT to make a bootable USB?

Date 30/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Support

Reply

boot.wim files (the WinPE that is initially booted to from an ISO or MDT, etc. when deploying an image) are typically 300-800MB in size. They typically run Setup.exe which is used to deploy a second much larger install.wim file to a target system.
The large install.wim is not usually bootable and contains a copy of the OS files that you want to install onto the target device.
All bootable .wim files are always loaded into memory as the X: drive. You cannot boot the install.wim type of file with E2B or MDT or Microsoft bootmgr+BCD because it is not intended to be bootable.

Date 19/01/2019

By C.F.

Subject How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

So far the only thing I didn't accomplish, using E2B is, to switch back to the regular Legacy Boot menu after booting a payload via an imgPTN file. (I know, this is not the right place for support, but as I hope I am only to stupid / blind to find the hint and you can help me with one link I didnt find so far, I ask it here:
I boot a payload via ImgPTN, but not in UEFI but in CSM Mode.
1. I boot in the regular E2B menu, chose the .imgPTN payload and the MBR gets overwritten (-> the partitions switched)
2. I boot the payload (also in CSM Mode) and use it, so far it works like you describe in the corresponding instruction.
3. How do I flip the partitions back now (to get back to the regular E2B menu) without the need to boot a windows and use the .exe ? In your article about the use of imgPTN files you write, that after I booted the stick in UEFI-Mode to boot the payload I will get an simple menu with the option to switch back the partitions if I boot the stick in legacy / csm mode again. This doesn't work for me since I boot the payload again immediately when I boot the stick in csm / legacy mode. That is logically because the Bios / UEFI only sees this one partition after the partition swap. Does this mean, its impossible to switch back the partition table without a working windows-pc or am I just to stupid to understand, how it works ?

However, I can totally live with this limitation since I mostly use payloads that doesn't need the imgPTN trick to work, I just wondered if I've missed the trick of switching back.

Date 19/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

If you UEFI-boot to Windows\WinPE then you can use one of the utilities in the \e2b folder to restore the E2B partition.
If you UEFI-boot to linux, then you can use the \e2b\Restore_E2B.sh bash script to restore the E2B partition (it will be in MPI v0.090 and later versions).
Otherwise you must find some other way to MBR-boot or boot to a linux or Windows\WinPE system in order to switch back in the E2B partition.
If you want to try a variety of linux payloads from a single UEFI menu, try the E2B grub2 menu system - see Site Index for the page (but it has it's own set of drawbacks).

Date 19/01/2019

By C.F.

Subject Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

In fact the only tool I would want to use on daily basis would be rescatux (by the creator[s]) of the SuperGrubDisk. Since that is based on a linux live system, the bash file should work. I will try that.
I've read the page about using grub2 instead of grub4dos, but because of the drawbacks (and because of the fact that I wouldnt consider myself as an "expert" in terms of booting) I didnt try it so far.
Thank you for the fast response.
Also I tried to boot the switch-back-menu again on a much older laptop - and it works. It seems to be a problem with my current device (Acer Travelmate x349). Do you have any other advice considering the UEFI-Settings except Secure-Boot=Off, Fastboot=Off, Legacy-Boot/CSM=On that might help me to use the switch-back-menu on my laptop ?

Date 19/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

You have found the exact reason why E2B uses the .imgPTN scheme! Some BIOSes will ONLY UEFI boot from a UEFI-enabled USB drive even though you have enabled CSM mode. Many BIOSes have this bug. It means such solutions as SARDU or WinSetupFromUSB or YUMI will only be able to UEFI-boot on your system and it will never boot to the MBR menu so you cannot run any MBR payloads on those systems (unless you delete\rename the \EFI folder).

Date 19/01/2019

By C.F.

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

I see. Thank you. I thought of E2B being the problem because it does neither work on my current laptop nor on my tower-pc, but as it looks, both seem to have this bios / UEFI-bug, as it does work on my old laptop.

BTW I recommend your tool to everyone I think it would be usefull for and I know that min. 3 people also started using it. I realy dont know how I missed this for long.

Date 23/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

Either you have not set the BIOS options correctly OR your systems have this BIOS bug.
To check, select one of the .imgPTN images which show the problem and confirm that it will not boot to the CSM MBR menu. Then rename the \EFI folder to \EFIxx and try again. If it now boots to the CSM menu then your BIOS has a bug or it is set to boot from UEFI first. If it still does not boot to the CSM menu then you have not set up the BIOS settings correctly.
Always use the F8/F12 or whatever function key to get the BIOS Boot Selection Menu pop-up - do NOT set the boot order in the BIOS Settings menu to boot from USB first.

Date 25/01/2019

By C.F.

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

I checked my BIOS settings again. My Bios has only 2 options (concerning boot style): Legacy (only) and UEFI (only). So I dont have any option on how to boot the stick in the boot menu (like UEFI USB Stick: SanDisk... / USB Stick: SanDisk...) And since my local OS is MBR-installed, Legacy (only) is the choosen setting.
If I switch to an imgPTN Partition, the first time I boot I get the CSM menu. After I have booted the imgPTN-Payload once (Legacy-Mode, ofc.), my Notebook boots the payload immediately. This doesn't happen if I rename or delete the EFI folder. If I do that, it always boots to the CSM menu. I guess that means: buggy bios confirmed.
So I can't use the imgPTN-trick for uefi-booting (and switching back easily) with my notebook, but that's not realy a problem since I can totally live with Legacy-only booting. The only payload I wanna use on a daily basis that isn't bootable as a simple ISO is also fully functional when booted in Legacy-mode, so I will just delete its EFI-folder and use it this way.

Thanks again for the really fast and qualified help.

I still have one question: You wrote that I shouldn't set USB boot as the default option, but use the boot-menu-hotkey instead. Is there any technical difference between this two options ? If yes, what exactly ?

Date 25/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

So what options do you actually see in the BIOS Boot selection pop-up menu? Does the BIOS Settings menu system show anything in 'Boot devices' or anything under + Hard disk?
You should not set the USB device as the first boot device in the BIOS settings because many BIOSes have a bug and they can tell an OS that the USB is the 'boot device' of your system. The result is if you then install an OS to your internal hard disk (XP, linux, etc.) you may find that the boot code and files have been installed onto your USB drive because that is the system 'boot device'.
Now the boot code on the USB drive is trashed and you can only boot to the internal hard disk if you first boot to your USB drive! This can often happen when using a USB HDD to install an OS from.
This issue can still happen when booting from the pop-up menu too, but E2B tries to fix it by swapping over the BIOS hd0 (USB drive) with hd1 (first internal HDD).

Date 25/01/2019

By C.F.

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

Okay, possibly I was describing it a little bit misunderstandable.
If I choose the way to boot in the BIOS / UEFI, I have only two options:
1. Legacy
2. UEFI
https://ibb.co/wdnPgyd
(Screenshot of my BIOS settings)
I know about other PCs (at my workplace, for example) which have a third option, like "UEFI and Legacy" (or with a similar name). Take the following BIOS-Screenshot for example (not my BIOS):
https://browse.startpage.com/do/show_picture.pl?l=english&rais=1&oiu=https%3A%2F%2Fi1.wp.com%2Fneosmart.net%2Fwiki%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2Fsites%2F5%2F2014%2F05%2FASUS-Boot-Device-Control.jpg%3Fssl%3D1&sp=93d3a0226b9295113b636263aaf675d2&rl=to&t=default

At that place I can only choose between UEFI or Legacy. At the PCs with the "both" option, I can choose at the boot menu wether I want to boot the device in UEFI or in Legacy mode, it looks like at this screenshot:
https://browse.startpage.com/do/show_picture.pl?l=english&rais=1&oiu=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FMHOP3VY4qZM%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&sp=046dea4b255f12c3c9fb7bd8eba93bee&rl=to&t=default

And Since I can not choose the "both" option, I have no choise in the pop-up-boot-menu.
https://ibb.co/9b59NC0
<- My boot menu in legacy-mode) Thats all I wanted to clarify with my last post.

Thanks for the information about the default boot option. Luckily didn't encounter this problem so far, but good to know for the future.

Date 25/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

OK, thanks. So your BIOS is like this one:
https://youtu.be/BA4Zhh2zU4c
Just a thought... did you try setting a BIOS Supervisor password? Sometimes you get more options when you do this.

Date 25/01/2019

By C.F.

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

Yes, my BIOS is 90 to 95% like the one in the YT Video. Not really surprising since it is an Acer, too.

About the Supervisor PW: Yes. I knew it so I did it, but the only additional setting which was availible after that, was a toggle for Secure Boot (and the corresponding settings at the security tab).

Date 26/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

OK - if the BIOS allows it, you can try setting Secure Boot = enabled + Legacy boot. Then if the EFI boot files are not signed (secure) it may boot in Legacy mode. Some payloads may have signed EFI boot files however, in which case this trick won't work!

Date 27/01/2019

By C.F.

Subject Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: How to restore E2B partition after switching to .imgPTN file

Reply

Good Idea. I tried that. When I switch back to legacy-boot, the secure-boot switch gets hidden. It also makes no difference, if secure boot is on or off before I switch back to legacy.
Thank you very much for supporting me at this question.

Date 18/01/2019

By Puzzled

Subject Wrong year in version history page

Reply

In the version history page it say "v1.A8 2018-01-15" should that not be "v1.A8 2019-01-15"
[SS]It is called a typo!

Date 14/01/2019

By Peter Kalauer

Subject Virtual Machine USB Boot 1.72 doesn't work on VirtualBox 6.0

Reply

Hello,

I would like to ask if it is known that there is a problem with the Virtual Machine USB Boot 1.72 x64 and VirtualBox 6.0. If I want to start my USB-Stick I get an error message:

"--startvm ist eine Option für die VirtualBox VM-Ausführungs-Anwendung (VirtualBoxVM), nicht den VirtualBox Manager". Buttons under the error message: <OK> or <Kopieren>.

The error message ist from a German VBox Installation.

Maybe there is a fix around for this.

Date 14/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Virtual Machine USB Boot 1.72 doesn't work on VirtualBox 6.0

Reply

https://github.com/DavidBrenner3/VMUB/issues

Date 14/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Virtual Machine USB Boot 1.72 doesn't work on VirtualBox 6.0

Reply

Workaround for VBox v6:
VMUB - Options - VirtualBox - Exe Path = C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VirtualBoxVM.exe

Date 15/01/2019

By Peter Kalauer

Subject Re: Re: Virtual Machine USB Boot 1.72 doesn't work on VirtualBox 6.0

Reply

Thanks SteveSi, works like a charm. Thank you for all of the great work. Excellent support.

Date 16/01/2019

By SteveSi

Subject Re: Re: Re: Virtual Machine USB Boot 1.72 doesn't work on VirtualBox 6.0

Reply

https://rmprepusb.blogspot.com/2019/01/fix-issues-with-virtualbox-v6-and-vmub.html
Basically, it is best to use VBox v5 until DavidB releases a fix or someone else can fix.

Date 19/12/2018

By Rick Vansloneker

Subject ISO contiguous issues

Reply

Hello again. I've set up another E2B stick. No background image issues this time!

But what is giving me a hard time is the ISO contiguous thing. For testing and demonstrations I made a 16GB Lexar USB3 stick with several flavors of Linux, like Fedora, Xubuntu, Manjaro etc.
After I loaded the ISOs I ran the make contiguous file and got an error there was not enough free space to make several files discontiguous. At this point there was about 2GB free. I started deleting some ISOs but the error would persist.

Finally, I removed all but one ISO, then could make that contiguous. Then I added ISOs one by one, each time running the make contiguous process.

I have about 5GB left and thinking about what would fit the idea of the stick I downloaded openSuse first to a harddisk. This image is 3.9GB large and I fear it can not be made contiguous if I copy it to the stick, and I would have wasted 4GB of the lifetime of the stick.

I do not exactly understand the purpose of the making contiguous process. I learned, fragmentation is no issue on flash memory, and even to be avoided.

When I write a single ISO to a single stick, there is never a problem with dis-contiguousness.

Date 19/12/2018

By SteveSi

Subject Re: ISO contiguous issues

Reply

The file is required to be contiguous because E2B uses it as a partition and actually writes the start address of the file to the USB stick's partition table. Linux will then see the ISO as a partition and so can easily access the files inside the ISO. Partitions cannot be fragmented - they start at sector X and finish at sector Y in one contiguous block. So the ISO must be contiguous.
See https://www.easy2boot.com/not-contiguous-error/ for more info.
You need to realise that WinContig needs a contiguous block of free space in order to move the ISO and make it contiguous. I use Defraggler to consolidate the free space on the drive if the free space starts to get fragmented.
P.S. As I say on this site, 16GB is really the minimum size for a multiboot drive - because you need at least 4GB of consolidated free space to make a 4GB file contiguous. So Use the Action - Advanced - Defrag Freespace option in Defraggler and then copy on your last file.
P.S. NEVER download files DIRECTLY to your USB drive from your browser - it usually makes the file fragmented, even if there was enough contiguous free space on the USB drive, because it opens up several 'streams' when downloading the file.

Date 19/12/2018

By Rick Vansloneker

Subject Re: Re: ISO contiguous issues

Reply

Thanks for explaining and thanks for the recommendations!

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