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Virus Boot Disk for Raid Drives

by skimbel / August 21, 2005 8:31 AM PDT

Recently I had a problem in which my Windows XP machine went into a "boot loop" (constantly rebooting after getting to the splash screen). It turned out to be bad memory and the problem is fixed. However, when I was researching the problem the suggested possiblibities were memory, the agp440 service hanging up , or a virus. That got me to thinking about how to scan for viruses on my machine. I have a boot disk made by my virus protection software. However, I am running 2 SATA drives as a striped raid as my boot drive. Just out of curiosity I booted with my virus scan disk and it couldn't even see the data on the drives. I searched the web site of the virus protection software, but nothing about a raid. I used to know how to load drivers at boot up in the old DOS world now I'm not sure. How would I do a clean boot with a raid to do a virus scan? Could I just add a batch file to the virus disk. Does the himemory system still exist to load drivers into? Thanks for any help.

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That's called backup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2005 10:31 AM PDT

Such a boot disk is slim to no coverage for errors. Can you share what you do for disasters such as machine theft, lightning strike, tsunami, etc?

Do you have what you can't lose to restore on a new machine?

As to said boot disk, the RAID maker should be pestered for that.


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by skimbel / August 21, 2005 9:46 PM PDT
In reply to: That's called backup.

Actually I keep all my data on separate drives. The operating system and programs that need speed are on the raid. I do backups of my settings and e-mail. I also keep my virus software updated. I keep a current recovery disk of Windows updates and all my drivers. I can do a total re-install if needed. Doing a clean boot to do a virus scan was something I didn't know how to do and was curious if anyone did. BTW, I live on high ground in case of tsunamis.

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It's specific to the RAID.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2005 10:01 PM PDT
In reply to: Backup

Said boot CD/Disk will be specific to the RAID chip. You can try a KNOPPIX Boot CD to see if it sees the array today before you need it tomorrow. How is the vendor/maker as to support?


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