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Update: Microsoft has created the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool to make this very easy. I used this guide as a set of directions - http://kurtsh.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!DA410C7F7E038D!1665.entry The steps are really longer than necessary. You need to: 1. Get a fast 4GB or larger USB Thumbdrive. 2. Run cmd.exe and enter the following commands followed ...


I found two problems with the accepted answer: It assumes the usb drive is disk 1 for DISKPART. This can be resolved by using the LIST DISK command prior to SELECT DISK # to determine the correct disk number. The usb drive did not appear as a bootable device to the target machine. This can be fixed by running the bootsect utility off the Windows ...


There is a tool (YUMI) to achieve this. I think, it is fastest and painless way of preparing a (multi)bootable usb. You can put many systems (Windows, Linux, HBCD etc.) into one flash drive. And you can also use an external drive.


/dev/disk/by-path will contain consistent names that will map to specific USB ports (at least they do on my box). Also check out /dev/disk/by-id and /dev/disk/by-uuid for ways to access specific devices regardless of which path is used to access them.


I've found the XAMPP portable app to be pretty easy to install and use


The most typical use case would be to match by filesystem uuid, but it you're writing whole-disk-identical devices, that won't do. Instead, you can match by model and serial number. An example (untested) udev rule for this is: KERNEL=="sd*", ATTR{removable}=="1", ATTR{vendor}=="Yoyodine", ENV{ID_SERIAL}=="123-456-789", ...


Quick tip I hope will help people going through the same pain as me when trying to create a thumb drive for Windows Server 2008 I had an old USB led around, but it wouldn't mount for me to run diskpart on it. Turns out it was formatted in FAT16. Mount it on a laptop with a proper OS, reformat it to FAT32, then plug it back into the Windows Server 2008 box ...


You can detect the evidence taht a thumb drive was plugged in. See Windows forensics expert Harlan Carvey's blog post Forensics Laws to indicate this is true. He does cover it in his book, Windows Forensics Analysis, if I remember right (the link in the blog now takes you to the Elsevier home page for Syngress). to determine what was copied is a bit more ...

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