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Thread: Making a PCMCIA microdrive(CF II) bootable Live disk

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    Making a PCMCIA microdrive(CF II) bootable Live disk

    I am not sure if somebody has tried it this
    1. Use a compactflash to PCMCIA adpater
    2. Use a GB microdrive (COMPACT FLASH type II)
    3. Is it possible to make it bootable ? (I know BIOS doen't provide boot from PCMCIA option )
    3.1 If standalone then great,it will be faster than CD and probably we may not need to use RAMDRIVE for whole knoppix (any expert?), also this drive will be writable (what a relief)

    3.3 If "GRUB" or other bootloader can use boot from PCMCIA (they can do from PCMCIA based network card ,isn't it? using network boot) then we will need a floppy boot and parameters to take boot instruction from PCMCIA microdrive?

    Is this feasible?


    http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/#introduction

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    won't it be better to use an USB CF reader or thumb drive which is basically the same thing ? I don't know if generic USB CF reader are bootable though.

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    If USA based Micdrodrive can be booted that will be great. Have any body tried with USB Hardisk?Do BIOS recogines it as hard disk?

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    Using a CF reader from USB - see the below link:

    http://staff.washington.edu/gray/KnoppixCFguide.html

    this explains how to do it, and worked for me.

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