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nofam
05-05-2008, 05:14 PM
I've got a HP Pocket Media 120Gb USB HDD, and I was wondering if it was possible to boot an O/S (preferably XP) from this to help with cleaning virus's/spyware etc of a PC's system disk.

Kind of like slaving the infected HDD in another PC, but without having to pull the drive.

I'm guessing this would hinge first and foremost on whether the PC's BIOS supports booting from a USB device??

TIA :)

Chilling_Silence
05-05-2008, 06:02 PM
Pretty much depends on the PCs ability to boot from a USB HDD

Why not look into something like Barts PE or whatever so you can boot XP from a CD rather than a USB HDD.
Much more PCs support booting from CD :)

kahawai chaser
05-05-2008, 08:06 PM
I agree with chilling, I have made a Bart PE boot CD (basically a slimmed down bootable live XP) - but you can attach a external drive to work with Bart PE once it starts up; For mine, I had my XP image backup using the free XML DriveImage (requires USB plugin and XML DriveImage plugin for Bart PE). You can add various tool, application, and driver plugins, including for anti-virus; I think I added plugins to the external drive. Though might require a bit of a trial, because I recall some plugins (about 3-4 years back) did not seem to work properly, but may have improved since...


Bart's PE Builder (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/)...

kahawai chaser
05-05-2008, 08:20 PM
But if you really want to boot XP from a external/pen drive, maybe visit - windows in your pocket (http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/windows-pocket,1113.html) (refers/uses Bart PE) or for a more full on editing raw approach then here (http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176)...

limepile
05-05-2008, 09:38 PM
I agree with chilling, I have made a Bart PE boot CD (basically a slimmed down bootable live XP) - but you can attach a external drive to work with Bart PE once it starts up; For mine, I had my XP image backup using the free XML DriveImage (requires USB plugin and XML DriveImage plugin for Bart PE). You can add various tool, application, and driver plugins, including for anti-virus; I think I added plugins to the external drive. Though might require a bit of a trial, because I recall some plugins (about 3-4 years back) did not seem to work properly, but may have improved since...


Bart's PE Builder (http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/)...

All that work...and I know you are going to hate me and compare me to that Winmac guy...but I just can't help myself !!!

You can do this easy as pie on a MAC ! No mucking about..just clone your drive onto an external, change the boot target and away you go. I have 2 copies on externals which I use for different functions ...no serial numbers needed, no special permissions from Redmond....it just works !

Sorry
Sorry:D

beeswax34
05-05-2008, 09:43 PM
it just works !




With one hardware configuration and a certain set of drivers mind you. BTW, it doesn't take long for us to do this on PC's either. Just need to find the combination that people find quick and comfortable to use.

kahawai chaser
06-05-2008, 10:23 AM
Also I think there are more options with Bart PE (e.g. plenty of plugins), and it seems to be one of the earlier free popular CD boot disc/recovery applications...

Chilling_Silence
06-05-2008, 03:21 PM
Its not *just* a MacOS thing, Linux can and XP too, this way makes it better though for going to a machine that *wasnt* yours initially, thats all!

Macs are no better in this case sorry.

Bantu
06-05-2008, 03:53 PM
Mac OSX is basically Linux anyway. You can install a lot of linx apps in the Mac OSX shell

Chilling_Silence
06-05-2008, 11:18 PM
Both were based off Unix, both are now quite different though ;)