FB4 Cold Boot With USB Stick Results In Disk Error

Buzz313thBuzz313th Registered User
Installed b337 yesterday on my FB4 and now every time the console cold boots with the USB Stick in the USB3.0 slot I get a prompt that says "Disk Error Hit Any Key To Continue". After Hitting any key on the keyboard it boots fine into the login screen. If I remove the USB stick, then it cold boots fine.

I thought maybe there was a hidden file on the memory stick that was causing it to try and boot from it, so I formated the Stick and it still throws the error.

Even a soft restart from within Hog4 causes the error upon restart.

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Whats happenin here guys?

JB

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  • Buzz313thBuzz313th Registered User
    edited February 2013
    I think I have narrowed the problem down to the memory stick. As the same thing happens when I use the back USB 2.0 ports.

    I had formatted it yesterday to FAT32 when I used it to install b337. So just now I reformatted it to a clean Fat32 with 4096 file size and instead of the Old error on bootup, I am getting a new error... See pick

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    So I can only assume to keep the console from trying to boot up from the USB drive that I need a specific type of format or something else to keep it from trying to boot up from the USB.

    Anyone know what I need to do with the stick?

    JB
  • Michael_GrahamMichael_Graham Registered User, Super Moderator, HES Staff
    edited February 2013
    JB

    When you see this error it means that the desk is trying to boot to a USB stick but the stick does not contain our image file.
    We did have some black USB sticks that we ship out with the desk that were bootable when they should not have been.
    If you flash the stick and make it NOT bootable you should be able to boot the desk with the stick plugged in.
  • Buzz313thBuzz313th Registered User
    edited February 2013
    Thanks Michael.

    How do I flash the stick to not be bootable?

    JB
  • Michael_GrahamMichael_Graham Registered User, Super Moderator, HES Staff
    edited February 2013
    Jeff

    If you plug the stick into a windows computer and perform a FULL FORMAT on the stick that should erase the boot sector.
  • Buzz313thBuzz313th Registered User
    edited February 2013
    Thank Michael,

    I tried that numerous times with a Fat32 partition with no luck. It still continued to boot from the USB.

    So I found a few posts on the web to try a utility called... "HP Disk USB Format Tool".

    It can be found here .... http://download.cnet.com/HP-USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool/3000-2094_4-10974082.html

    I used the above application and formatted to Fat32 with no options selected and it now allows me to boot up the console with the USB stick installed without the console recognizing the flash drive as a bootable medium. This helped and kept me from having to change the boot sequence in the bios to avoid that error notification.

    JB
  • Michael_GrahamMichael_Graham Registered User, Super Moderator, HES Staff
    edited February 2013
    Jeff

    I am glad you found a program that made the usb non-bootable.
  • cmuenchowcmuenchow Registered User, Administrator, HES Staff
    edited February 2013
    Hey Jeff,

    Indeed Mike's suggestion to simply format the USB flash drive using Windows does not remove the boot partition. It simply formats the existing partitions.

    The good news is that there is a way to clear the bootable partition on a USB flash drive from the windows command line:

    1. Insert USB flash drive into a Windows 7 or Windows Vista PC.
    2. Open a run dialogue box by holding the Windows key on your keyboard and pressing R.
    3. Type "cmd" and press enter (allow permissions if prompted).
    4. At the command prompt type "diskpart" and press enter.
    5. When you are at the diskpart> prompt type "list disk" and press enter.
    6. Look at the disk size to determine which disk is the USB flash drive you wish to make bootable. 7. Type "select disk #" where the # is the disk number.
    8. Type "clean" and press enter. This deletes all material on the flash drive.
    9. Type "create partition primary" and press enter.
    10. Type "exit" and press enter.
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