Installing Windows using USB connection

The USB DOS driver installation in this section applies to the following Addonics USB products:
Pocket CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CDRW, DVD/CDRW, DVD-RRW, Pocket ExDrive, Combo Hard Drive I, Combo Hard Drive II, Combo Hard Drive 25, Pocket CDII, Pocket DVD II, Pocket DVD/CDRW II, Mobile CDRW, Mobile DVD/CDRW, Mobile DVD-R/RW, Mobile DVD+/-R/RW, CD DigiCopier and DVD DigiCopier

The following procedures have been tested to work successfully with various Notebook and Desktop computers by our engineers. Because of the growing complexity of new computer hardware and software, there is always possibility that the USB DOS driver and the installation procedures that we provide cannot enable you to install the Windows OS onto your system. In this case, you may need to check with your hardware manufacturers to determine the problem. Addonics cannot provide any technical support beyond our own products as our technical staffs have no knowledge of the computer hardware and software that you have. Often time, there might be existing hardware problems or damaged installation CDs that prevent the proper installation of the Windows OS. Please note that the current USB DOS driver can only support USB 1.1 speed.

As always, you should make a back up copy of all your important data before reinstalling the Windows OS. Addonics is not liable for data loss, time loss or claim of system damage resulted from the instructions outlined below.

* Make sure you have enough space in your local hard drive. At least 4 GB or higher. The USB cable is an Addonics USB 2.0 interface cable. The process involved

  1. Prepare a MS-DOS Boot Disk - either using the Windows 98 GUI Facility to create a Systems Disk or the MS-DOS command C:format A: /S
  2. Set up the USB drives under DOS mode (step 1 - 9)
  3. Copy folders and files from your Windows installation CD to the hard drives (step 10 - 17)
  4. Start the software installation


Installing Windows 2000, XP using the Addonics USB CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD/CDRW or DVD-R/RW drive.   (For Windows 98SE or Me, please proceed to the next section)

  1. Download USB DOS driver and Save the file to your hard drive.
  2. Use Winzip to extract the file, if you do not have the Winzip program you may get a shareware version here www.winzip.com
  3. Once Winzip is installed, use the program to extract the file.
  4. Open the folder name USBboot and execute the rawrite2.exe
  5. When prompt for the image name, enter dosboot.img
  6. Enter the floppy drive as your destination drive, which in general is the A:
  7. Place a disk into the floppy drive and press enter
  8. When it is done, reboot with this disk to use the USB devices.
  9. CD/ROM drives will be using the Drive R:
  10. Hard Drives will be using the next letter available. Please note there will be no letter for the hard drive if it has not been partitioned and formatted. If you are not familiar with partitioning or formatting a hard drive, please go to the following Microsoft link for the information http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q255867
  11. If everything went well, you should have a drive R: for the CD/ROM drive. You are now ready to copy the I386 folder from the Windows 2000 or XP installation CD to the hard drive.
  12. At the prompt, go to the C:drive by typing “C:" then "Enter”
  13. At the Local Drive C:drive, create a Folder name. For example at the C:prompt type “MD 2k”. Doing this will create a folder name “2K” on your local hard drive.
  14. Now type “R": then "Enter” to go to the R:drive
  15. At the R: prompt type the following “Path=A:" then press "Enter
  16. Now type “Xcopy . /s C:2k" then press "Enter” (There is a space between Xcopy and the dot)
  17. Once the copy process is completed, go to the C:drive.
  18. Open the folder you have created, in this case it is the 2k folder. For example: from the C: prompt type “CD 2k" then press "Enter”
  19. Now go to the I386 folder by typing CD I386 then Enter, from the C:I386 type Winnt and enter.
  20. Installation should now start. Follow instruction from your Operating System manual on how to install the OS. (Installation will take some time, Please be patient)

 


Installing Windows 98SE or Me using the Addonics USB CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD/CDRW or DVD-R/RW drive.

The procedures are practically identical to Windows 2000 or XP as described above. Except instead of copying the I386 folder to the hard drive, you will copy the Windows 98SE folder or the Windows Me folder to the hard drive.

  1. First, follow step 1 through 10 above. Make sure you have enough space in your local hard drive. At least 2 GB or higher.
  2. If everything went well, you should have a drive R: for the CD/ROM drive.
  3. At the prompt, go to the C:drive by typing “C: then enter”
  4. At the Local Drive C:drive, create a Folder name. For example at the C:prompt type “MD 98” doing this will create a folder name “98” on your local hard drive.
  5. Now type “R: then enter” to go to the R:drive
  6. At the R:prompt type the following “Path=A:" then press enter
  7. Now type “Xcopy . /s C:98" then press "Enter” (There is a space between Xcopy and the dot)
  8. Once the copy process is completed, go to the C:drive. Open the folder you have created, in this case it is the 98 folder. For example: from the C:prompt type “CD 98" then press "Enter”
  9. Now go to the 98 folder type "CD win98" then "Enter", from the C:win98 type "Setup" and "enter".
  10. Installation should now start. Follow instruction from your Operating System manual on how to install the OS. (Installation will take some time, Please be patient)

Destination drive - using USB floppy or other equivalent of removable storage device.

If your system does not have a built-in floppy drive, you may use a USB floppy, ZIP drive, CD or USB hard drive. But your system BIOS must have support for booting from USB floppy, ZIP, CD-ROM or hard drive. Make sure the media that you use to boot the system contains all the files from the dosboot.img in step 5.



Alternative USB DOS drivers and procedure from USB hard drives or USB optical drives:

Due to different versions of Windows 98, USB optical drives, and motherboard hardware, there is no universal solution to have all USB devices supported under DOS. If the drivers using the Cypress DUSE USB drivers above are not working for you, you may wish to try the following procedure.

1. Load Windows 98 bootdisk (I recommend the Windows 98 OEM version over the Windows 98SE or DOS 6.22 bootdisk) onto a floppy disk. Verify that the disk is able to boot to A: command prompt correctly by inserting it into the floppy drive on the target computer and selecting the floppy drive as the first boot priority.

2. Download f2h_usb.exe from the following location:

http://panasonic.co.jp/pcc/products/drive/other/driver/f2h_usb.html

3. Extract f2h_usb.exe to any directory on your computer. Locate the following files from the root directory, and copy them over to the bootdisk.

USBASPI.SYS
USBCD.SYS
RAMFD.SYS


USBASPI (v2.15) allows USB connected mass storage devices to be mapped as ASPI devices.

4. Download "Motto Hairu" driver (Assigns drive letter to an ASPI mass storage device) from the following location:

http://www.driver.novac.co.jp/driver/hd351u/mhairudos.zip

5. Extract the filename below from mhairudos.zip onto the bootdisk. Do not extract the USBASPI.SYS and RAMFD.SYS located in mhairudos.zip onto the floppy.

di1000dd.sys

6. Right click on AUTOEXEC.BAT and select "Edit" to edit the file in Notepad. Remove all the information contained within, and replace with the text below. Save the file with the same extension (.BAT). mscdex.sys can be configured to assign a drive letter starting from a certain letter using /l: as a parameter. In this example "M" is the first drive letter to be assigned.

@ECHO OFF
mscdex.exe /d:mscd001 /d:USBCD001 /l:M /M:16 /v

7. Right click on CONFIG.SYS and select "Edit" to edit the file in Notepad. Remove all the information contained within, and replace with the text below. Save the file with the same extension (.SYS).

device=himem.sys
device=ramfd.sys
device=USBASPI.SYS /v /w
devicehigh=di1000dd.sys
device=USBCD.SYS /d:USBCD001
device=oakcdrom.sys /d:mscd001

files=10
buffers=10
dos=high,umb
stacks=9,256
lastdrive=z

8. Now you are ready to boot from the bootdisk. When the bootdisk loads, it will assign drive letters for each USB mass storage device starting from the drive letter you specified earlier in AUTOEXEC.BAT or CONFIG.SYS. If your USB optical drive is detected, you can continue from Step 11 above.