Have you ever been on a troubleshooting expedition in Windows XP's Recovery Console and wanted to copy a file from the hard disk to a floppy disk? Is so, then you've encountered the "Access Denied" error message, which informs you that by default Recovery Console doesn't allow write access to removable media such as a floppy disk. However, there's a workaround that will allow you to enable write access to floppy disk from within Recovery Console.
Follow these steps to enable floppy disk access in Recovery Console:
- Launch the Group Policy console (Gpedit.msc).
- Click Computer Configuration, open Windows Settings | Security Settings | Local Policies and double-click Security Options.
- Locate and double-click the Recovery Console: Allow Floppy Copy And Access To All Drives And Folders policy setting.
- Select the Enabled option button and click OK.
- Exit the Group Policy console.
- Launch Recovery Console.
- At the command Prompt, type the following command and press [Enter]:
set allowremovablemedia = true
Note: Floppy disk access is disabled by default for security reasons and removing this restriction can be considered a breach of operating system security. As such, you may want to reverse this change at a later date.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.