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Creating IFL Bootable Flash Drive

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:10 am
by userX
I use IFL and I normally run it by booting from a CD in order to clone or restore a system disk. It works great, much better than the other imaging software I had before, Norton Ghost.

1. I want to create the same functionality with IFL on a flash drive so that i can use it too in case my CD drive become inoperative. How do i do that, and how big does the flash drive need to be?

2. Can i still have other things on the drive besides the bootable IFL?

3. Can i customize the IFLbootable environment by adding another executable program to it?

Re: Creating IFL Bootable Flash Drive

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 8:08 am
by TeraByte Support
When you run makedisk the UFD will show up as an option. You can add files
to it after creating the UFD.

"userX" wrote in message news:287@public.image...

I use IFL and I normally run it by booting from a CD in order to clone or
restore a system disk. It works great, much better than the other imaging
software I had before, Norton Ghost.

1. I want to create the same functionality with IFL on a flash drive so
that i can use it too in case my CD drive were to become inoperative. How
do i do that, and how big does the flash drive need to be?

2. Can i still have other things on the drive besides the bootable IFL?

3. Can i customize the iFl bootable environment by adding another executable
program to it?


Re: Creating IFL Bootable Flash Drive

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:13 am
by DrTeeth
On Thu, 15 Sep 2011 08:08:36 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
"TeraByte Support" disturbed my reverie
and wrote:

>When you run makedisk the UFD will show up as an option. You can add files
>to it after creating the UFD.

To OP, see my thread "IfL USB boot" for some pointers in case makedisk
does not work for you.
--

Cheers

DrT
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Re: Creating IFL Bootable Flash Drive

PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 8:49 pm
by userX
i appreciate the prompt replies. i was able to create the bootable flash drive using makedisk from within windows. it proceeded without a glitch, and after rebooting it was recognized fine. i looked at the instructions for making a customized boot diisk, too, and it appeared as if i would need to do that on a linux machine, not within windows. is that right? it's no problem, i have a inux machine too, but most of my work is done on my laptop in windows. on the other hand, when i created the boot disk on the flash drive using makedisk, the machine automatically picked 'floppy' as the USB mode. that leaves a lot of unused space on the drive now, on which i suppose i could install some other programs to run. can the boot disk be removed after booting with it. i mean, is it all in ram now? thanks.

Re: Creating IFL Bootable Flash Drive

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:37 am
by mjnelson99
I cannot answer all your questions.

However, when using IFL on an SD card, I remove the card
once I am ready to start the image. I suspect I could remove
it once the system is booted completely. Test for yourself
and find out.

I also set it to reboot automatically once the image is
completed so that is another reason to remove the card or
else it will reboot into IFL rather the OS.

As I recall, the same applies to IFD. I find IFL is a bit
faster on my computer.
Mary

On 9/17/2011 10:49 PM, userX wrote:can the boot disk be
removed after booting with it. i mean, is it all in ram
now? thanks.

Re: Creating IFL Bootable Flash Drive

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:06 pm
by userX
>However, when using IFL on an SD card, I remove the card
>once I am ready to start the image. I suspect I could remove
>it once the system is booted completely. Test for yourself
>and find out.

Yes, i have to admit that i am reluctant to yank out a USB hard drive while it is in use. Just my luck it would corrupt the data on it, but i will give it a try.

>I also set it to reboot automatically once the image is
>completed so that is another reason to remove the card or
>else it will reboot into IFL rather the OS.

mine is set to reboot too, but it does not boot into the IFL device unless i allow it to during the boot process. it will boot the order i preselected in bios automatically unless i enter the device selection menu deliberately. thanks.

Re: Creating IFL Bootable Flash Drive

PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:44 am
by mjnelson99
Since I don't stay right on top of the imaging process once
the 2nd DVD+RW is inserted for validation, for me it pays to
remove the SD card ASAP.

It sounds like your situation is different.

Use your own judgement.
Mary

On 9/18/2011 8:06 PM, userX wrote:
> >However, when using IFL on an SD card, I remove the card
> >once I am ready to start the image. I suspect I could remove
> >it once the system is booted completely. Test for yourself
> >and find out.
>
> Yes, i have to admit that i am reluctant to yank out a USB hard drive while it is in use. Just my luck it would corrupt the data on it, but i will give it a try.
>
> >I also set it to reboot automatically once the image is
> >completed so that is another reason to remove the card or
> >else it will reboot into IFL rather the OS.
>
> mine is set to reboot too, but it does not boot into the IFL device unless i allow it to during the boot process. it will boot the order i preselected in bios automatically unless i enter the device selection menu deliberately. thanks.

Re: Creating IFL Bootable Flash Drive

PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:46 am
by TeraByte Support
Once it makes it to the menu, you can remove the USB flash drive you used to
boot IFL, everything is running from RAM.

"userX" wrote in message news:325@public.image...

Yes, i have to admit that i am reluctant to yank out a USB hard drive while
it is in use. Just my luck it would corrupt the data on it, but i will give
it a try.