Booting a Extracted SDI to a USB



Let me explain more what I want to do.

I got a SDI file.

I was able to boot this SDI file via USB and HD.

What I want to do is to extract the SDI file with " sdimgr [my sdi] /
writepart:g: /yes " on a USB key and then boot this USB key.

After I extract my SDI file, I can see my USB drive gettinbg resize
the same size of the SDI file (this is perfect) and the USB drive is
now in NTFS with compress on (which is 50% correct in my opinion).

My problem is here. In the USB drive that is extracted, there is no
ntldr, no NTDETECT.COM and no boot.ini

I was wondering if those file was needed to boot a XPe on a USB
drive ? If so, which one.

I already try this and they all got me a black screen with only a _

- Booting with the USB drive having the SDI frenchly extracted (no
- Adding the ntldr,, that I did use to boot my
SDI drive when it wasn't extract on my USB key ( changing those file
to be NOT-compress)
- Chaning the boot.ini to this version:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="SDI Extracted" /
fastdetect /sos

The only thing that I didn't try that I think could make it work is to
change all the drive to uncompress but when I did try to make this,
windows was telling me it will take 1day + 5 hours so I will do this
during the week-end :)

Anyone have a idea of what I could try or which file I should try to
boot this extracted SDI to my USB.

Thanks !!

Luke alcatel

You didn't say where you got the SDI file from so I'm going to assume that
someone else made it. I make SDI files for booting headless, diskless
machines from a remote boot server. It is standard practice to delete
ntldr, NTDETECT.COM, and boot.ini when building an SDI for this purpose
since the RBS system provides the equivalent functions. I think the most
straightforward thing to do is to go back to the builder of the SDI file to
see if you can recover the files that were deleted.


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