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Boot Disk for USB JumpDrive

By joe landwehr ·
I have a W2K PC that has a corrupted OS thanks to numerous viruses and the actions of an uninformed user. I'd like to copy off data files to a Lexar USB JumpDRive before making any attempt to repair/reinstall the OS. Is a Boot disk available that would support the JumpDRive?

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by CG IT In reply to Boot Disk for USB JumpDri ...

jumpdrive is just a removeable media storage like a CD or DVD or floppy. As long as the BIOS boot sequence is boot USB device and you have the DOS boot files, you can boot to a jumpdrive just as you can boot to a CD or DVD or floppy or zip drive.

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by CG IT In reply to

mine shows up as a USB Mass Storage device. My BIOS allows boot other / boot USB "other" which the jumpdrive is recognized as.

Now my Wise Flash Disk which is flash memory won't do this, but my jumpdrive will.

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by TheChas In reply to Boot Disk for USB JumpDri ...

It's not that simple.

Is the drive a NTFS volume?
If so, you will need software that allows you to access the file system.

One source is www.systeminternals.com

Another option is the Ultimate Boot C

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

It includes a NTFS reader. I did not see any USB drivers listed.

While Windows 2000 and XP handle thumb drives with ease, DOS does not.

You will need to see if Lexar offers a DOS mode driver and add it to the boot CD.

You may be able to configure the thumb drive as a boot device. You will still need NTFS reader software.

Chas

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