Regarding a bootable USB drive

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May 22, 2009 at 17:52:18
Specs: XP Pro/Vista (Dual), P4/3.1 3gig
When I first set up Vista I installed a basic working system and then made an Acronis backup of that set-up. I did this so that I would not have to go through all the tedious tasks one is beset with when re-installing a system... all I need to do is copy the backup onto the drive and I'm up and running in seven minutes.

I wondered whether it would be possible to copy the system to a spare disk I have and use it as a bootable USB drive. I did this and set the BIOS to boot from the USB drive and it did up to a point. Just after the "marching caterpillar" I got a blue screen with the error 0X0000007B. I have Googled the error but I am unsure of how to proceed.

Any help in this respect will be appreciated.

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#1
May 22, 2009 at 20:06:45
INACCESSABLE_BOOT_DEVICE


Vista and MS in general doesn't want you to boot to a usb device.

Since you have acronis then why not just boot to the cd to restore the system?

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#2
May 22, 2009 at 22:05:57
Thank you jefro... your comment regarding MS and USB booting would appear to back up the fact that this will not work with XP either.

I use drive caddies... one for Vista and one for XP and I also have a basic XP setup for the same reason and I have discovered that XP will not boot from the external USB either.

So much for short cuts but it was worth a try anyway.

Thank you for your help.

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