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Xp Recovery Console No Disk Drive Only Usb


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#1 puertorico

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 07:51 AM

Dear Experts!

I have two pc's on a network of 6 total that have completely crashed, the server is the only computer with a CD drive and can usually be accessed through the LAN network, it is of course useless because windows will not boot and crashes after the welcome screen on a repetitive cycle.
However I am lost as to how to recover the 2 pc's using only the USB ports.
Any help, preferably an idiot's guide would be great.

Many thanks in advance for your help.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 08:10 AM

Can the computers in question be booted from USB devices? If so, you can use an external USB CD/DVD drive to boot to installation/repair CD/DVD's.

Alternatively, you may be able to temporarily install an internal CD drive to each of the systems and use that to access the restore media.
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Posted 19 June 2008 - 10:43 AM

Dear John,
Thanks for your fast response to my dilemma.

Excuse me for my ignorance but surely in order to drive the cd/dvd the driver should have existed in the damaged pc to enjoy any access to that hardware?

İn the meantime I have arranged to borrow an external USB driven CD/DVD Drıve, to see if that solves the prob.

Many Tks

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 10:49 AM

UBCD4Win can install the recovery console to a usb disk....

http://www.ubcd4win.com/

Requires you have access to windows XP installation media.

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Posted 19 June 2008 - 01:04 PM

Normally the BIOS will allow limited access to a CD/DVD drive on any system. Once the operating system (either Windows or the recovery CD) loads, it'll take over the chore of managing the CD/DVD drive. For example, if you boot to a DOS disk, you'll need to structure the autoexec.bat and the config.sys files to load the CD drivers for operation within the DOS environment.
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