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Quick Tip: Access Zip/removable drives from the Windows 2000 Recovery Console

Find out how to set the Local Security Policy to access a zip file and use it for backing up Registry or other key files.


The ability to access a Zip or removable drive from the Recovery Console (RC) can come in handy. For example, you can back up Registry files to a Zip disk to use for recovering the system in case the Registry becomes corrupted. The Registry files won’t fit on a floppy disk, so a removable disk or other hard drive is the only solution for this type of manual recovery. If you install the Zip drive and it functions normally within Windows 2000, you can use it in the RC, but you'll probably need to set a policy before you can access it and use it for backing up Registry or other key files. Here's how.

Set the Local Security Policy
To set such a policy, open the Local Security Policy object in the Administrative Tools folder and then open the Security Settings | Local Policies | Security Options branch. Enable the policy Recovery Console: Allow Floppy Copy And Access To All Drives And All Folders. See Figure A.

Figure A


Then, open a command console and issue the following command to update the effective policy:
Secedit /refreshpolicy machine_policy

Note on policy
The Recovery Console: Allow Floppy Copy And Access To All Drives And All Folders policy might be explicitly disabled at a higher level (such as domain, OU, or site), so you may not be able to enable it for the computer.

Next, restart the computer and boot to the RC. You should be able to select the drive letter of the Zip drive and copy files to and from it. If there are folders you can't access on the Windows 2000 system, or you’re unable to access removable drives, use the following commands in the RC to enable access to those folders and drives:
Set AllowAllPaths = TRUE
Set AllowRemovableMedia = TRUE


 

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