Partboot for USB floppy drives (Partboot-usb)

Toru Shiono
Japanese Last modified: Jan. 26, 05

What's New

Preface

GNU parted is the most useful and reliable partitioning tool I've ever used. The only problem I have had is that the Partboot doesn't boot off of USB floppy drives which are common with mobile laptops. So I modified Partboot by adding USB bootability, USB connectivity, and some extra functionalities. You can also customize your disks by reading the README file.

Features

"Partboot for USB" is separated into two floppy disks: In many cases you may only have to use the Partboot-usb disk alone. Use the Supplement disk when you need to use PCMCIA/SCSI devices, ntfsprogs, and/or other stuff.

List of Modules

This table shows the kernel configuration and module list in the disks.

Downloading

Download partboot-1.6.21-usb-2.4.20.tgz, su to root, and unpack it with: Then you'll retrieve these files:
README ..................... Readme file
README.jp .................. README in Japanese
partboot-1.6.21-usb.img .... Partboot-usb disk image file
supp.img ................... Supplement disk image file
Changelog .................. Change log
partroot ................... Perl script to extract root filesystem
kmapconv ................... Perl script to convert keymap file
.config .................... Configuration file to build kernel
linux-2.4.20-bzip2.diff .... Kernel patch for bz2bzImage
bdlilo.conf ................ LILO configuration file
pci.tgz .................... Source for "testprobe", a pci bus scanner
parted-docs/ ............... Parted license and manuals
ntfs-docs/ ................. NTFS Tools license and manuals
Prepare two diskettes. Put the first disk in your floppy drive, change directory where image files are placed, and type: Then change the disks and type: If your floppy drive is a USB model, replace /dev/fd0 with /dev/sda above. Now call them "Partboot-usb disk" and "Supplement disk" respectively.

For Windoze users

Partboot-usb should work properly redardless of the OS which is installed on your hard drive. However, it may not be easy to uncompress the tgz file and create disks if Linux environment is not available. In this case, please read here.

Usage

To use the Partboot-usb disk:
  1. Insert the disk in either conventional or USB floppy drive.
  2. Power on your PC.
  3. When the boot process is complete, a prompt "#" appears. Now it's ready to execute commands. For instance, type:

    # parted /dev/hda

  4. You can also connect USB devices. Note that you need to mount/unmount the storage devices manually.
  5. To change keyboard layout from default (us), run:

    # kcfg

    and select an appropriate keytable.

To use the supplement disk:
  1. After booting the Partboot disk, change the disks and say:

    # mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy (in case of conventional floppy drive)
    or:
    # mount /dev/sda /mnt/floppy (in case of USB floppy drive)

  2. Invoke:

    # /mnt/floppy/install

  3. Now it's ready to use PCMCIA and/or SCSI storage devices.
Enjoy!