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Hi all,

Just a quick note on the mepis-system (8.5.00) to 8.5.01 update today.

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[color="Blue"]Hi All,

I have updated mepis-system.
By default, an 8.5 type usb key will be formatted regular FAT 32, which is fast to format, but may not boot with older BIOSes.

A checkbox enables a Zip format, which is recommended by Peter Anvin, and should work with almost any BIOS. But the format process is very slow.

I have automated the discovery of a changed partition table, so removing and reinserting the key should by unnecessary.

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I've checked and it works perfectly - very quick too.

Menu > Settings > Mepis System Assistant > MEPIS USB Key

I love the fact you can point it to an iso on your hard-drive now rather than having to use a live-cd.

Nice tool - thanks Warren :worship:

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Would that mean setting boot option "usb zip drive" should work on my older bios?

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Try it and see. What do you have to lose?

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I think that option may well be for the Iomega zip disks that were once available. That is it's purpose on my machine that has it in BIOS anyway.

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Hmmm - I have found many USB keys don't respond well to re-formatting with anything other than FAT16...General consensus on this seems to be - the jury is out! YMMV...UNetbootin has been making live USB keys from .iso's for ages..

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It worked to make a bootable drive on a preformatted fat32 stick. I chose the Zip option just to see what would happen, but the laptops, set to boot from USB by default, still booted the stick without any BIOS changes necessary.

It copied over the system to the stick just as fast as unetbootin, and the previous msystem version created an empty drive--this one worked as it was supposed to. I did not have to pull out or reinsert the drive, either.


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