USB Eulogies
Creating a 4-in-1 USB Drive
Bootable USB!

Ah yes, with the advent of BIOS' which support booting to USB devices, the days of the floppy disk are numbered indeed. Those familiar with the celebrated 4-in-1 disk will know that it allows booting to DOS, with or without CD/DVD-ROM drivers and also to boot with network drivers for the Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet chip. I have now developed a method to get the 4-in-1 funtionality onto a USB drive.

The reader will need to be familiar with making a bootable USB drive before proceeding. Note also that to use a bootable USB drive, you need to have change access to the system's BIOS settings. Most users on the IT.NET at TAFE Tasmania do not currently have such access and therefore would not be able to boot to a USB device.

Once the USB drive has been made bootable, download USB_4-in-1.exe [839KB] to your hard disk. Next insert the USB drive and note the drive letter. I have set my USB drive to always be drive I: but yours will differ. Finally double click on the USB_4-in-1.exe archive and extract the files to the root directory of your USB drive..

Extract the files to your USB drive..

The main differences with this version of the 4-in-1 is that when booting to USB, the USB drive becomes drive C: rather than A: drive. The configuration files of the 4-in-1 have been modified to reflect this change. Other than that, it's just like the 2006 floppy version.

And that's just about it. Booting to USB is significantly faster than waiting for a floppy to do its thing and the 4-in-1 USB can also be modified as required, whilst also being used for normal file storage.
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