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By josh ·
I just bought a 80 gig External USB Hard drive, I have allocated 10 gig of space to one NTFS partition and the rest to another for backup. With the first partition I would like to install WinXP Pro SP2 with the hardware patch so that I can hook my USB drive to new computers and boot off it to scan the machine for adware/spyware/viruses locally without having pull out the hard drive and put it in my machine. My question is somewhat of a discussion, I would like to know what would be the best way to go around this. My impression would be that I would load windows XP on the USB hard drive, not install any device drivers (besides NIC for updates) on the load of windows, install my AV, adware/spyware/malware removal programs and then apply my XP SP2 hardware patch that allows you to change motherboard chipsets without the good ol BSOD. Think this will work or a waste of my time?

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by josh In reply to External HD Windows Setup

Point value changed by question poster.

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by josh In reply to External HD Windows Setup

USB drive to OTHER (not new) computers

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by TheChas In reply to External HD Windows Setup

The problem is that since each PC will have a different NIC and some other activation related hardware, you will generate an activation event every time you connect to a different PC.

At least every other time "if" the hardware configurations are identical.

I'm not sure if a corporate license version of XP would get around the activation problem or not.

Chas

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by josh In reply to External HD Windows Setup

The hardware patches that I have allow me to transfer hardware without reactivation and BSOD...

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by nazil dsouza In reply to External HD Windows Setup

hey what i feel is better than that u can get a usb casing when u want any comp to be scanned for some serious virus prob attach to the casing and try the scan from the system hardisk wont it be better than having conflicts of system taking up drives for any hardware huh

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by josh In reply to

I dont fully understand what you are saying, elaborate more...My ultimate goal is to hook up a USB external HD to the computer, Boot it with an OS XP preferably, and scan the system without removing any hardware, and that way the OS is not running when the scans are running on the computer...

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by nazil dsouza In reply to External HD Windows Setup

ok what i meant to say was rather than takin the usb hardisk to the infected machine u can do vice versa in other ways get that infected hardisk use the casing and plug it to your machine.. boot from your local disk now scan that infected hdd which u have connected to the usb casing and the job is done as the earlier case u might have problem with drivers conflicting

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by Sue T In reply to External HD Windows Setup

I don't know if you can do that with XP or not but how about setting up a bootable USB flash drive that has your anti spyware and anti virus on it and then boot to that and run your scans. It is possible to set up a bootable USB flash drive and have it see the drives on the computer.

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by josh In reply to

What am i going to boot with?? i have to have an OS w/ the scanning software on it, that is able to recognize the drive on the machine...Do have a bootable software suggestion??

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by statykserver In reply to External HD Windows Setup

Boy that is a tough one! This is the closest work I have seen that comes close to attempting this.

Part 1 http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
Part 2 http://www.911cd.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=10806

I'm going to watch this one just because the idea sounds like fun.

Good Luck!

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