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    SanDisk E3, no XP boot

    I followed SFiorito's instructions, did minlogon and EWF, they work fine on my hard drive.

    Formatted my 4 gig Sandisk Extreme III CF card FAT32, did bootprep, and copied my hard drive boot partition to the CF using Mini-Win98 w/NTFS support (from Hiren's Boot Disk 8.5). Copies fine. I have the CF in the primary IDE channel, in a CF-IDE adapter from LogicSupply. BIOS recognizes it as "IDE Hard Disk".

    Upon boot, the PC POSTs but then says:

    Searching for Boot Record on IDE-0..OK

    and hangs.

    Any ideas why it's not booting?

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    were you able to boot DOS off the CF card? another debugging method is to just copy NTLDR and boot.ini after running bootprep. It should try booting XP, but fail since the OS isn't there. that at least tells you the boot loader is working on the card.

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    Should not the CF be formated NTFS instead of FAT ?

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    you can boot XP with FAT32. and it's actually recommended over NTFS by MSFT for flash since there are fewer writes to disk (so less memory used for EWF overlay).

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    Does it matter between FAT32 and NTFS if I'm using EWF? Is bootprep needed for NTFS, or is it just a removeable storage thing? Do all writes in EWF continually get heaped into RAM? Is there any way to clear it besides a reboot?

    I haven't had time to troubleshoot the DOS boot thing yet, will do that soon and get back to you.

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    Since FAT32 has fewer writes to disk than NTFS, EWF will have fewer changes in the RAM overlay. Bootprep is needed for FAT32. NTFS automatically supports booting NT-based OSes. Yes, with a RAM overlay all writes are stored in memory so if you do a lot of writes without rebooting then you may run out of memory eventually.

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