So I needed to re-install an HP DV9000 and the DVD unit would not play ball. Time to set up a bootable Vista flash drive. It’s all so easy and fast too..
Open CMD as admin and type:
- select disk 1 or whatever the flash drive disk number is..
- create partition primary
- select partition 1
- format fs=fat32
Next, copy the entire OS DVD to the flash drive and you are ready to go..
Even though I knew that the flash drive was disk #4, I still typed in ‘select disk 1’. Unfortunately for the Windows 8 CP installation, it was sitting on Disk 1. Fortunately for me, it was ONLY Windows 8 which was sitting on drive 1. It could so easily have been the 500gb drive which holds the first bunch of operational backups.
Hurrah for Windows 8..