How-TO make the sandisk bootable: A useful modification that can be used for many different things. Remember...if you have an IDE cdrom hooked up, the sandisk will not be available for anything. Pictures here:
To do this operation I used Partition Magic 6.0 (current version). Earlier versions should do this exactly the same...although the program may look different. I know of no way to do this using Fdisk...I've only used Partition Magic...the best utility for this purpose.
#1 Check My Computer....no Sandisk. This I-Opener has two partitions, dual-booting Win98 and Win2000.
If you check Device manager you will see the Sandisk.
At the Partition Magic first screen, note the Sandisk has four partitions.
#4 After highliting each of the four partitions delete each one.
You will now see the Sandisk as one partition, unallocated.
#6 Under the operation tab hit create...you will then create a primary partition as fat.
#9 under operations, advanced, click set active. Then apply the changes. Up till this point you could cancel and start over.
#11 reboot to Windows and the Sandisk should now appear in my computer as D.
#12 Now reboot to a DOS prompt (hit F8 during the boot to do this). At the Dos prompt type FORMAT D: /S then hit enter. At picture #15 the operation is complete.
#16 Now, to boot to the Sandisk, at the BIOS screen, change the boot order as shown.
#17 Save the changes, reboot....you are now at a DOS prompt on the Sandisk...it will show up as the C drive when you do this.
This is a relatively safe operation...take your time, check what you're doing against these pictures...you shouldn't have any problems. I've done this several times using Win98....Win ME in it's stock configuration will not let you boot to DOS...I don't know if it would work under Win2000..it probably would. You can now put any DOS rescue programs you have on the Sandisk...remember it is only 16mb.