Quick Setup Guide
1. Type of E2B Drive (Fixed v. Removable USB drive)
Note that some USB Flash drives can be very slow (even some 'fast' USB 3.0 ones such as Lexar P20!). I highly recommend the SanDisk Cru zer Extreme USB 3.0 Removable USB drive for E2B - but for larger sizes, speed and robustness, a cheap SSD HDD in a fast USB 3.0 non-UASP drive caddy is great!
I also highly recommend the IODD 2531 HDD enclosure - see blog post here.
2. Drive Size
Many BIOSes have a 137GB limit (bug) for USB drives (even recent BIOSes!) - any files placed beyond that point cannot be accessed on some systems (under grub4dos which uses the system BIOS). This means that the E2B partition must be the first partition on the USB drive and should not exceed 137GB to ensure it will boot on these buggy systems.
4. Make an E2B USB drive
5. Adding Payloads
- Always check the list here for your particular payload and any special instructions.
- For MBR-booting, copy your payload file(s) to an E2B menu folder.
- If you want to UEFI-boot and MBR-boot, make a FAT32 .imgPTN file using the MPI Tool Kit.
- Always run \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.cmd before booting.
- UEFI-booting will only work if the payload supports it and contains the UEFI-boot files.
- Booting a Windows file as .ISO may not work correctly if you have a Fixed disk type of E2B USB drive.
- Windows-based .imgPTN files will work on Removable or Fixed disks.
- Some payloads do not support UEFI-booting, but if you use the grub2 menu system, it is possible to UEFI-boot to many more linux ISOs.
All types of E2B drive (Removable and Fixed types):
Removable E2B drive:
Fixed E2B drive:
Recommended for Easy2Boot (fastest!) - SanDisk Extreme SDCZ880-128G-G46