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Partitions on a flash drive?

by Vanguard12345-22606096745419013503944888355736 / January 24, 2009 8:38 AM PST

I am trying to update my motherboards BIOS from a flash drive and the instructions said you had to have a single partition only. I have a SanDisk Cruzer micro 4GB that has U3 software on it. Can I use that to update my BIOS? Does it have more than one partition?

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Systems always seem to see my U3 Flash Drive as
by VAPCMD / January 24, 2009 9:03 AM PST

having two partitions.

Don't have a floppy drive ?

VAPCMD

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Nope

I don't have a floppy. I also tried the updater that came with the mobo. It updates while in the windows environment, but it didn't work.

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This modern technology is passing me up.
by ahtoi / January 24, 2009 12:30 PM PST

Bios that recognize flashdrive(usb) and it has more than one partition? I just can't wrap my mind around it.

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Flash Drives from the factory with more than 1 partition is
by VAPCMD / January 24, 2009 1:19 PM PST

exclusive to the U3 family so don't get too worried...at least for now.

But I'm still old school...I put a floppy in every system I put together....at less than $10, it's just easier to have and not need than need and not have.

VAPCMD

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And then you get to play . . .
by Coryphaeus / January 24, 2009 8:33 PM PST

with a USB floppy drive. After you've told the BIOS to boot from a USB device. And you keep your fingers crossed.

Wink

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Amen on the 'boot from USB floppy' or any USB storage
by VAPCMD / January 25, 2009 12:29 AM PST

device for that matter. Wish I had greater confidence in booting from a floppy disk or a CD and accessing data on an attached USB device....maybe I'd be more inclined to try them as candidates as backup/restore devices.

VAPCMD

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Time to buy a non-U3 flash drive?
by Kees Bakker / January 24, 2009 8:38 PM PST
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new drive

So I need to get a new flash drive to update my BIOS then i guess.

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I recommend getting a floppy disk.....always
by VAPCMD / January 25, 2009 3:55 AM PST
In reply to: new drive

worked for the purposes intended...and there are other programs and diags you can run for your system.

VAPCMD

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OK

I thought about that but they didn't have a black one in stock when I built my pc. It needs to match the case. BestBuy had them but they were like $25 and I didn't want to spend that much. I think I'll get one now. Thanks for the help.

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Lots of floppy drive available online... under $10
by VAPCMD / January 25, 2009 7:18 AM PST
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I see at Office Depot,
by ahtoi / January 25, 2009 4:58 PM PST
In reply to: OK

4G is going for 12.99 today. I think I'll pick one up tomorrow to see just how this will work.

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