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Booting from USB - Not able to recognize additional USB drives

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a b G Storage
April 7, 2010 9:36:36 AM

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:o ff
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:o ff

[HELP]
device=himem.sys /testmem:o ff

[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
a b G Storage
April 7, 2010 12:17:10 PM

I would just use a linux live disk to boot up and move needed files to a flash drive. I like Knoppix and SUSE
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Anonymous
a b G Storage
April 7, 2010 6:56:36 PM

Well thnks but the problem is:
1. I dont have a CD drive
2. I am not conversant with Linix

Is there any solution to above problem?
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a b G Storage
April 8, 2010 12:47:35 AM

Jule, What type of laptop is it make model? Some laptops have a recovery option built in where you hit the f10 or f1 key when you first power it on. this may be your best bet. you can also take the hard drive out of the laptop and put it into a enclosure like this one
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
make sure to get the right enclosure sata or ide
I still recomend a live linux very easy to learn if you are just trying to get your data and then reformat you can boot from a usb drive.
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/usb-knoppix-531-install-us...
best of luck
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Anonymous
a b G Storage
April 8, 2010 6:56:14 AM

Well, the problem is I dont have a XP CD to use this option.
http://users.telenet.be/Robvdb/BootPEUSB_UK.htm

I know that working with Linux distribution will probably be the easiest method but the issue is internet connectivity in my nearby area. The speed is vary slow and hence it will take me like 24 hrs to download this that too when the connection remains steady for this time :( 

Hence I thought may be I will try to boot from USB using simple DOS solutions. As I have mentioned in my post I am able to boot using the config mentioned in my earlier post. ONly problem seems to be that the USB drivers that i am using in this CD are not getting loaded. Does someone have better USB drivers which can be loaded in DOS/Win98

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