How to Copy a CF Card & Make it Bootable

A Compact Flash (CF) memory card can be used to boot a PC like a hard drive. To make a CF card into a “boot drive”, copy a number of free programs to the card using your PC. A CF card adapter will also be required bacause not all PCs have the proper slots for inserting the card. The contents of the CF card must be copied to the PC first, as the procedure will erase all files that are on the card. Things You’ll Need
CF Card Adapter
Windows
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Download the following programs for the desktop – “PE Builder,” “Windows Server 2003” and “HP USB Format Utility.” Double-click the three files once downloaded to begin the installation process. Follow the menu commands to each install folders for the “PE Builder” and “HP Format USB Utility” on the PC desktop, along with the “Windows Server 2003” program on the desktop. Restart your PC once installations are complete.
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Insert the notched end of the CF card into the CF card adapter. Connect the USB connector of the CF card adapter to the PC.
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Double-click the CF card icon when it appears on the desktop. Click inside the window that appears. Press “Ctrl” and “A” to select all content within the window. Drag the content to the desktop. Close the window by clicking the red “X” in the upper right corner once all the files have been copied to the desktop.
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Right-click on the “Windows Server 2003” file on the desktop and click “Extract to Folder” in the pop-up menu. Double-click the “PE Builder” folder on the desktop to open the window. Right-click inside the folder and click “New Folder” from the pop-up menu. Name it “SRSP1”. Folder
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Double-click the “i386” folder that was created on the desktop from the command issued to “Windows Server 2003”. Drag the “setuppldr.bin” file from within the window to the “SRSP1” folder. Drag the “i386” folder from the desktop to the Trash.
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Click “Run” from the “All Applications” pop-up menu in the “Start” menu. Type “Command Prompt” into the text field of the window that appears. Click “OK”.
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“cd \\” without the quotes in the text field that appears. Press “Enter”. Type “cd pebuilder3110a” into the text field without the quotes. Press “Enter”. Type “cd SRSP1” without the quotes and press “Enter”. Type “ramdisk.sy_ramdisk.sys expand -r” without the quotes and press “Enter”.
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double-click the “Format USB HP Utility” folder on the desktop to open the window. double click on the program icon within the window to launch it.
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Click on the CF card from the list of options presented on the main screen of the program. Select “FAT” from the “Format” drop-down menu. Enter a name for the CF card in the “Volume Name” text field. Click on the “Start” button. Click “Yes” on the confirmation window that appears. Click the “OK” button on the screen when it appears. Exit the program.
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Double-click the “PE Builder” folder on the desktop to open the window. Double-click the program’s icon within the window to launch it. Click “No” if a window pops up giving you a “Yes” or “No” choice to make.
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Eject the disc tray. Place the Windows installation disc in the tray and close the tray. Double-click the disk icon when it appears on the desktop. Copy the “i386″ folder from within the window that appears to the desktop.
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Click the ” ” button in the ” Browse PE Builder ” program. Select “Desktop” from the “Places” drop-down menu in the middle of the window that appears. Select the “i386” folder from the list of options presented below the drop-down menu. Click the “OK” button at the bottom of the window. Click on the “Build” button on the screen program. Quit the program when the progress bar has completely filled out
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Click “Run” in the “All Applications” pop-up menu in the “Start” menu. Type “Command Prompt” into the text field of the window that appears. Click “OK”.
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Type “cd \\” without the quotes in the text field that appears. Press “Enter. Type “cd pebuilder3110a” without the quotes in the text field that appears. Press “Enter Type “. Pe2usb X” without the quotes in the text field that appears – the “X” will be the unit number of the CF card which is listed in the “Devices” section of the “Control Panel” window by selecting the “All Applications” pop-up menu. Close the window by clicking the red “X” in the upper right corner.

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