Formatting CDs

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Fri Jun 22 22:43:28 UTC 2007

Frank Cox wrote:
>>   The modern replacement is the USB flash drives that you are starting 
>> to see along with gum and mints at the grocery store checkout in gig+ sizes.
> I just sent in my claim form yesterday for a free 256mb flash drive from
> Staples for purchasing two boxes of Avery labels.
> It would be nice to get it -- I don't have a flash drive at the moment.

They are very handy - along with the external drives built around laptop 
hard drives that go up to 160 gigs in a very small package.  The catch 
is that you'll need 2 to do the whole install or upgrade job.  You can 
use a small one to boot, but copying the boot image is going to wipe out 
anything else on it.  Then you need one large enough to hold the dvd 
image (as a normal file) so you can select a hard disk install and 
access it.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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