USB Boot - Unable to use addl. USB drives

April 5, 2010 at 04:15:10
Specs: Windows XP
Dear all,

I have a laptop with Winodws XP installed in it and with NTFS as filesystem. Now the laptop is not able to boot. I have tried to prepare a bootable USB with win98 files, NTFS file support and USB drivers. Following is the list of files in USB drive:
File List:
ASPI2DOS.SYS
ASPI4DOS.SYS
ASPI8DOS.SYS
ASPI8U2.SYS
ASPICD.SYS
AUTOEXEC.BAT
BTCDROM.SYS
BTDOSM.SYS
COMMAND.COM
CONFIG.SYS
DI1000DD.SYS (USB Drivers)
DRVSPACE.BIN
EXTRACT.EXE
FDISK.EXE
FLASHPT.SYS
HIMEM.SYS
IO.SYS
MSDOS.SYS
OAKCDROM.SYS
RAMDRIVE.SYS
RAMFD.SYS
README.TXT
USBASPI.SYS (USB Drivers)
NTFSDOS.EXE (NTFS Reader in DOS Environment)
Tools [Dir]
*************************************************
Files in TOOLS Dir
ATTRIB.EXE
CHKDSK.EXE
DEBUG.EXE
EDIT.COM
EXT.EXE
FORMAT.COM
HELP.BAT
MSCDEX.EXE
README.TXT
RESTART.COM
SCANDISK.EXE
SCANDISK.INI
SYS.COM

In addition below is the Config.sys and Autoexec.bat being used:
**************************************************************
CONFIG.SYS
[menu]
menuitem=CD, Start computer with CD-ROM support.
menuitem=NOCD, Start computer without CD-ROM support.
menuitem=HELP, View the Help file.
menudefault=NOCD,30
menucolor=7,0

[CD]
device=himem.sys /testmem:off
device=oakcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
device=btdosm.sys
device=flashpt.sys
device=btcdrom.sys /D:mscd001
device=aspi2dos.sys
device=aspi8dos.sys
device=aspi4dos.sys
device=aspi8u2.sys
device=aspicd.sys /D:mscd001

[NOCD]
device=himem.sys /testmem:off

[HELP]
device=himem.sys /testmem:off

[COMMON]
files=10
buffers=10
dos=high,umb
stacks=9,256
devicehigh=ramdrive.sys /E 2048
lastdrive=z
devicehigh=USBASPI.SYS /v /w /e
devicehigh=DI1000DD.SYS

**************************************************************
AUTOEXEC.BAT
@ECHO OFF
set EXPAND=YES
SET DIRCMD=/O:N

set temp=c:\
set tmp=c:\
path=C:\;C:\TOOLS\;%CDROM%:\
set comspec=C:\command.com

IF "%config%"=="NOCD" GOTO QUIT
IF "%config%"=="HELP" GOTO HELP
LH %ramd%:\MSCDEX.EXE /D:mscd001 /L:%CDROM%

echo.
GOTO QUIT

:HELP
cls
call help.bat
echo Your computer will now restart and the startup menu will appear.
echo.
echo.
echo.
echo.
echo.
echo.
echo.
echo.
echo.
echo.
restart.com
GOTO QUIT

:QUIT
echo To get help, type HELP and press ENTER.
echo.
set CDROM=
set LglDrv=

ISSUE:
I am able to boot using this bootable disk and able to access my laptop hard drive. However I am facing two issues:
1. I want to transfer the files from my laptop harddrive to another USB drive. I can transfer the files to the same USB which is being used to boot. But I am not able to view any other USB being recognized by the system. I have already formatted the USB drives in FAT and NTFS file systems but not able to view any other USB apart from the one that is being used to boot the
system. How can i transfer the data from laptp hard drive to other USBs apart from the one which has been used to boot the system

2. The transfer speed from hard-disk to the usb which has been used to boot the system is agonizingly slow even though i have loaded the USB drivers. It took me about 2 hrs to back-up a 300 MB file to my USB. How can i get a better transfer speed on the system


Please help if anyone knows how to tackle these issues

~thnks in advance


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#1
April 5, 2010 at 04:35:47
Try booting from a bootable cd like knoppix


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#2
April 5, 2010 at 05:51:48
Why would you go thru all that? Just boot off the XP disc & perform a repair.

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#3
April 6, 2010 at 03:44:07
well the problem is i dont have a bootable XP CD. is there no way to boot from USB and transfer the data to other USB drives?

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#4
April 6, 2010 at 05:30:39

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#5
April 6, 2010 at 05:41:52
If your system allows a usb boot and "if" you make the usb-stick correctly then by all accounts it can be done... Not having dun it myself.... can't advise further re' that - other than to point to a few references from out there in www-land...

http://www.bootdisk.com/pendrive.htm

http://www.intowindows.com/bootable...

and if you trawl yourself... using perhaps:

bootable usb stick

as the search term/string... you'll get a few more.

If the CD/DVD drive is OK, use either ERD commander as above or a Knoppix or Ubuntu disk to same end?

Knoppix.com, Ubunut.com - both have free ISO downloads which you can save and burn accordingly to a DVD. Boot with that DVD and then access/transfer files etc. to optical-media (and if possible verify ccopoies are truly accsessible on at least one other system).

Then set about reparing your main OS problems?

Any info there as to what happend etc. to prevent it booting?


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#6
April 6, 2010 at 05:59:39
thnks all for the reply. I forgot to mention that the laptop doesnt have CD drive and the floppy drive also. hence i can only use the option to boot from USB.

I already have the boot USB and able to boot from it. the trouble is after booting I am not able to see any other USB drives. Is there any driver which is required for recognizing additonal USBs by the system


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#7
April 6, 2010 at 06:22:42
mmm Then perhaps boot in knoppix etc. via an external usb-dcd/dvd unit; then access another usb-device and transfer files etc...?

http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Knowin...

and there are many other similar references out there re' Linux (vairiants) and usb to same end...; also installing Linux (variants) on a usb stick...


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#8
April 6, 2010 at 23:44:22
I had considered this earlier but i dont want to go through the process as i dont want to buy a UBS Cd/DVD writer.

what about the process that i have mentioned in my query. As i said i am able to boot and access the NTFS drives on my laptop. only problem is accessing additional usb drives and slow speed of data transfer. is there any way to manage this?


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#9
April 7, 2010 at 02:19:31
Regret don't know the answer re' your initial query re' (additional) drivers to access other usb devices. I would have thought that the OS on a usb stick would have allowed that by default?

usb1is noticeably faster than usb1 - but either way it will take time...

If you trawl "out there" re making bootable usb sticks... there is that info re' linux version too; and possibly it will allow what you want (as mooted in my earlier response)?

Another approach - but it will cost a few ££/$$ is to remove drive from laptop and connect to any working system - using a usb-adapter. Then copy data that way. It will be a little faster than stick to stick as it were....

Likewise with a suitable adapter slave laptop drive to another system - using an adapter that will allow yo to connect laptop drive to a standard PC ribbon connector.

The usb-adapter comes in both EIDE and/or SATA flavours; costs a little more than the second option (ribbon connector adapter) but neither are very expensive (depending on make etc...). Personally I'd buy a usb cd/dvd unit - they are going for about $40-50/£40-50 in many places? This unit would more than pay for itself in the future... I have one for my Acer laptop; and wouldn't be without one nowadays. They allow faster copying on the fly etc. and also a useful spare/reserve drive (for situations such as yo are in...). I also have the drive adapter(s) too - again - useful items to have around; and they have been very useful in recovering data for friends who have a crashed system...

If you manage to resolve it all - not the least the drivers issue - perhaps/please post to advise how? Useful info for the future?


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#10
April 7, 2010 at 02:27:01
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

This is a good site for putting operating systems on a pendrive.

the ubuntu resue one might be best

http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/node/16


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#11
April 12, 2010 at 01:08:04
Dear all,

Thank you for your replies and guidance. I could not find answer to this problem. Finally, I used a Ubuntu boot CD to boot and recover my data. But i am still looking for any DOS/Win9x boot usb system which recognizes additional USB drives apart from the one used for booting


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#12
April 12, 2010 at 05:13:40
Windows 98 support for USB was very limited in it's day and that's probably where your problem probably lies.

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#13
April 13, 2010 at 05:23:56
Dear Fingers,

Is it possible to build a custom solution? I have tried using Duse and Panasonic usb drivers which dont seem to be working. lookin for a solution wherein i can make a usb boot disk with bare minimum win9x along with usb support.


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#14
April 13, 2010 at 07:00:50
http://www.bootdisk.com/usb.htm


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