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Bootable floppy for *messed up* winXP home machine (an HP)

by Beaniesway / November 8, 2004 6:18 AM PST

how can I make a bootable floppy disk that will let me read/copy files written on a MS Home XP hard drive. I've done the normal bootable per the MS Knowledge base but it just gets you by the Boot.ini file on the hard drive and then it still goes to the hard drive to finish loading WIN XP. What I need is:

1. bootable floppy disc that does not need "anything" from the hard drive
2. Has ability to find personal files on the hard drive and copy them to another disc.


Note: can't use a win 98 boot disc as it won't read the C: drive .

Not my machine but friend with home bis has had a hard drive fail to boot Unmountable_boot_volume. She shut the computer down while it was uploading some spyware.You have a FRIEND FOR LIFE IN CHICAGO if you would email me with suggestions Beaniesway@aol.com
and a HUGE THANK YOU from the windy City Wink

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Re: Bootable floppy for *messed up* winXP home machine (an H
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2004 6:21 AM PST
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Re: Bootable floppy for *messed up* winXP home machine (an H
by Edward ODaniel / November 9, 2004 8:58 AM PST

Knoppix, suggested by Bob, is a good tool to have and not difficult at all for most.

Some however seem totally lost using it so I will offer another option that leaves you in a more Windows XP familiar environment with full read/write access to disks.

Bart's Preinstalled Environment (BartPE) bootable live windows CD/DVD (read about it and download it from --
http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ You will need your own Windows XP CD to build it from.

Another option to recover files from NTFS drives is the NTFS Reader Boot disk from http://www.ntfs.com/products.htm This allows you to read the files and copy them to FAT or FAT32 drives but will not write to NTFS. It is also available as a bootable CD ISO.

Those are all free but if you prefer commercial then I would heartily recommend Winternal's Administrator Pac http://www.winternals.com/products/repairandrecovery/index.asp or even the Emergency ERD Commander 2003 download (available from the link above in the menu on the left side of the page under the Emergency Downloads section). Neither of the above are cheap but they are indeed good.

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