Using E2B with a Zalman or IODD
- If you have an IODD 2531 or 2541, extract the file from \_ISO\docs\USB FLASH DRIVE HELPER FILES\E2B_WinHelper_&DW.zip and load it using the jog wheel. You now have a WinHelper USB flash drive!
- For the NTFS firmware versions, do not use more than 32 payload files or sub-folders in any one folder. It can only cope with 32 directory entries, so you may have problems with some folders which contain lots of payload (.iso) files+sub-folders ('TOO Many files' error).
- For the IODD 2531, press and hold the top function button for 5 seconds to force the device to reload the filesystem (or unplug+reconnect).
- Use \MAKE_THIS_DRIVE_CONTIGUOUS.CMD if you get a 'defrag!!' error message from the IODD/Zalman.
- Update to Easy2Boot v1.A8 (2019) or later so that a WinHelper USB flash drive is not required for Windows installs.
For a Zalman/IODD drives, all ISO files must end in '.ISO'
Force a different file extension (E2B v1.A9+)
title Hirens ISO\n Boot direct from Hirens ISO\n Boot Hirens from ISO/%grub%/qrun.g4b force.isowinvh $HOME$/Hiren's.BootCD.15.2.isoboot
The force.isowinvh parameter is a dummy filename (any filename ending in .isowinvh will do!) + extension. Whatever extension is specified in this first dummy parameter, will be used to run the .iso file that is specified in the second parameter. So in this case, the Hirens .iso file will be run by E2B as if it had a .isowinvh file extension. You can use any E2B extension in this way (e.g. force.isoHW, force.isoPE01, etc.).
Note: Most Zalmans also can load .ima and .img files - see h ere for details. IODD drives can also load .DSK, .VHD, .VMDK and .RMD files.
How to use an IODD 2531/2541 with E2B
1. Emulate a WinHelper USB flash drive
Note: E2B v1.A8+ can boot Windows Install ISOs without requiring a Helper drive if WIMBOOT is used, but having a Helper drive present will help.
2. Boot to WinPE and run WinNTSetup (with write-protected real HDD)
3. Make a virtual E2B Removable USB drive
Convert an .imgPTN file to a file that can be loaded by the IODD
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SanDisk Extreme SDCZ880-128G-G46
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See Blog post