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DL140 and booting from USB data stick

 
nancy rickard
Occasional Advisor

DL140 and booting from USB data stick

Hi,

I have a problem. I would like to boot our DL140 from a USB data stick into DOS 6.22 so I can launch Ghost to take a backup image.

I have successfully made the data stick bootable and tested it on a workstation. Everything is working properly.

When I go the DL140 and tell it to boot from USB, nothing happens. It sits at a black screen with a flashing cursor. It is reading from the data stick because I can see the light flashing but nothing happens.

If I remove the data stick it boots back into Windows server 2003 successfully so I know the drives are OK.

The reason we would like to make a backup is it took two days to build it to it's current state and we need to test some new software. If it blows up the server it will set us back too far.

Does anyone have any suggestions.

Thanks,
Nancy
10 REPLIES
nancy rickard
Occasional Advisor

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

I found a post that talked about the 2 GB RAM limitation which applies to our box but I tried modifications it suggested and they didn't work.

Nancy
Oleg Koroz
Honored Contributor

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

M.KANAGARAJ
Advisor

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

Hi

have you checked the bios setup for leagacy usb support option . If the option is there u can enable it to support your usb boot device.

Regards
M.Kanagaraj
nancy rickard
Occasional Advisor

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

I have checked in the BIOS and I can't find legacy USB anywhere but I can set the data stick as a boot device so I'm assuming it supports it.

It does detect it under Advanced>Removable Devices.

I have searched through the HP site and I can't tell whether or not the DL140 supports it.

Thanks,
Nancy
Brian_Murdoch
Honored Contributor

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

Hi Nancy,

Please have a look at the following article which may help resolve your problem. It does only seem to be DL140 related.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/Document.jsp?objectID=PSD_CN0270W

Regards,

Brian
nancy rickard
Occasional Advisor

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

Thanks Brian,

We don't have a USB floppy and we don't have any plans to buy one unless we have no choice.

I was able to get the DL140 to boot from a USB CD-Rom drive so I just created a bootable CD to do what I needed. This isn't as pretty a method but it worked successfully.

My concern now is trying to get the data stick to work without incurring extra costs.

I did use HPs format utility to setup the booting on the data stick and I tried it on our 360 and that worked so I now thinking that a BIOS update may help ... it's worth a try. We are still at revision 03303T03A.

I will post if I am able to find a way to fix it.

Thanks for your suggestion.

Nancy
Kepa_1
Occasional Visitor

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

Hello Nancy,

I'm having the same problem to boot from the DL140's.
We have bought CD's though, but they don't boot properly.

I have used the "HP Drive Key Boot Utility", and the system seems doesn't recognize the USB key to boot.

Any ideas???

Thanks in advanced.

Kepa.

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

Hi Kepa,

I was never able to get it to boot from the data stick, we gave up a little while after this post as we can boot from usb-cd.

Are you able to boot from a USB-CD-Rom drive using the disks that ship? We had no problems with that.

Nancy
Kepa_1
Occasional Visitor

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

Hi Nancy,

Thanks for your reply.

I have found this utility, you can be interested in. The "HP DRIVE KEY BOOT UTILITY", which formats a USB key, so you can boot from it.

I have to say though, that it is not working for the DL140 G2, which is the model I want to do an image, anyway, I have test them with the DL140 G1 and it is working.

I have contact HP support, and they have told me to upgrade the firmware, what I have done it via a boot CD; but the most weird is that this boot disks don't work when trying to do the Network Boot CD.

Kepa.
Kepa_1
Occasional Visitor

Re: DL140 and booting from USB data stick

Hi again,

Now I can say that it is working properly; but the secret was to use the HP DRIVE KEY BOOT UTILITY, Version 7.30.

So as a summary, the Version 7.10 works properly to boot HP DL140-G1, and also it works the same boot drive for the DELL GX280, cos they use the same network card.

And the V7.30 works for the HP DL140-G2.

It is important to say though, that I had to remove the mouse in the boot disk otherwise I didn't have enough memory to run the NET START command. And you need to run THREE times the network mappings, I mean:
NET USE Z: \\servername\sharename

I don't know why, but you it doesn't work till the third time.

I wanted to leave here an image of my boot disk, but there is not enough space for it. Sorry for that.

Kepa.