how can i boot from a usb floppy drive

  mpg1965 10:55 02 Jun 2004

the thing is ive got a sony vaio with xp home on it and want to put xp pro on it.the xp home creates 2 30gig partitions and when i install the xp pro i only have 1 partition of 30gig.i used fdisk on a sharp laptop what i had the same problem with but the sony laptop does not have a floppy drive and i cant get it to boot from a usb floppy drive.any help would be really good.thanks.............mike

  anon1 10:58 02 Jun 2004

can you create a bootable cd? The next question is, have you an option in the bios to boot from usb floppy. If you use Nero you should be able to create a bootable cd on any machine.

  mpg1965 11:05 02 Jun 2004

it says nowt about booting from usb in the bios.ok yeah ive got nero but not sure what to use to create a bootable cd.thanks

  Graham ® 11:07 02 Jun 2004

You can't boot from a USB device, because at boot the USB has not been initialised.

  mpg1965 11:32 02 Jun 2004

ok thanks for that,so whats my next move,i need to use fdisk or something like it to sort out the partitions.

  Graham ® 12:02 02 Jun 2004

If no-one can help on here, I suggest you ring Microsoft on 0870 60 10 100.

  anon1 10:37 03 Jun 2004

Use nero to create a bootable cd. If you are using nero 6 then the option to make a bootable cd is under the data tab.

  sicknote 11:04 03 Jun 2004

Is it because you have a sony recovery disc which set the partions up ??

  mpg1965 11:16 03 Jun 2004

thanks anon1 ill give it a try,and sicknote thats rite and no matter wot i do i cant delete it and put the partition as one using the xp pro disc.

  Big Elf 11:26 03 Jun 2004

Why not try Acronis Partition Expert click here remember to back up your data just in case it goes wrong. I've used it a few times myself without problems.

  Big Elf 11:27 03 Jun 2004

I forgot to mention that the free version has been on the PCA cover disk a couple of times.

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