[syslinux] using syslinux on USB key with 2048-byte sectors

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Tue Apr 4 23:02:45 PDT 2006

Scott Barker wrote:
> I have a USB key that has 2048-byte sectors, and I was hoping to use
> syslinux to boot from it. I know this isn't possible with the current
> syslinux source, but would it be fairly easy to modify the source to use
> 2048-byte sectors instead of 512-byte sectors? Alternatively, does anyone
> know if USB keys can be low-level formatted to change the size of the
> sectors?

Syslinux (and, for that matter, booting!) requires that the BIOS can 
understand the disk itself.  If you happen to have a BIOS which supports 
a 2048-byte sector size on USB, you might be able to modify the syslinux 
source to support it.


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