Quick Setup Guide
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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 - for larger sizes, speed and robustness, a cheap SSD HDD in a fast USB 3.0 non-UASP drive caddy is great!
2. Drive size
Many BIOSes in PCs and Notebooks have a 137GB limit (driver bug) for USB drives (even recent BIOSes!) - any files placed beyond that point on the USB disk 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 work correctly 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 only, copy your payload file(s) to any 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 using FAT32 .imgPTN files will only work if the payload supports it and it contains UEFI-boot files.
- MBR-booting from a Windows .ISO file may not work correctly if you have a Fixed disk type of E2B USB drive - use or update to E2B v1.A8 or later.
- Windows-based .imgPTN files will work on both Removable and 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 linux ISOs which don't normally support UEFI-booting. For Secure Boot, if using the E2B grub2 menu system, the 2nd partition must be FAT32 not NTFS.
All types of E2B drive (Removable and Fixed types):
Removable E2B drive:
Fixed E2B drive:
Recommended for Easy2Boot (fastest!) - SanDisk Extreme SDCZ880-128G-G46