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Can I Make A Usb Hard Drive A Boot Drive ?


I want to make my usb hard drive a boot drive for my laptop. Is this at all possible?

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Hard Drive Encryption Upon Boot From Usb

I am getting a few new external 500gb hard drives (try 3), and i am going to be needing some kind of encryption program. All 3 drives will be encrypted, but one of them is going to have a few backups on it - acronis trueimage ones. I know trueimage can encrypt, but i want to get the best possible encryption, if only so i can point and laugh as i describe how long it'd take to crack it. I've considered truecrypt, however, it requires encryption software on both ends. I want something that, upon boot from usb, asks me what the password is, and then becomes availiable to the system. Is there anything like that availiable? Truecrypt is probably going to be used on the other two 500g's (unless you guys have better suggestions), but i do think it'd be a good idea to keep the data encrypted on the backup 500g.

Posted On: July 26th, 2006, 11:47 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Usb 2.0 Issues - Hard Drive Boot Up Problem

When i connected a usb2 hard drive the external hard drive wouldn't boot up - in fact the light would not even light up! I tried again with 2 smaller and completely different usb2 memory sticks and both of those would not work and would also not light up!

These were all in perfect order and had worked on another machine only hours before so i knew the external hdd's were good. However when i took the sticks and the external hdd back to another machine they would not boot up either! All of the usb2 devices have been fried!

I've tried changing the cables etc for the external hdd but it makes no difference! The weird thing is every single usb1. 1 device that i plug into the new machine works perfectly - even the wireless keyboard and mouse that i was using with it! It only seems to damage usb2 devices!

The 500w psu that i was using is a raidmax one and works perfectly because the computer works fine and i can load windows and wireless and everything. Another weird thing was that when i used a crossover cable to connect it to my other machine to transfer files across - it locked up my other machine.computer specifications:

Q6600 g0 edition
Asus p5n-e sli 650i motherboard
Ocz ddr2 800mhz/pc2-6400 cl 4-4-4-15 platinum xtc (2gb)
Raidmax sagitta black/silver gaming case with side window - with 500w psu
Western digital wd5000aaks 500gb sata ii 7200rpm 16mb cache - oem

Complete with a pci gfx card (7300se - spare one i had lying round) and all the other extras. I built it and it ran fine - installed windows xp etc etc.


Posted On: 21-01-2008, 01:29 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 06-19-2007, 12:44 AM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

How To Make Pata Drive As Hard Drive 0 ?

I got an ecs af1 lite mobo and currently has two pata hard drives (a 40gig and an 80gig for hard drives 0 and 1 respectively), a dvd rom and a burner. My hard drive 0 (40gig) is already failing and was thinking of replacing it with my 80 gig drive and then replace the 80 gig drive with a sata instead of a pata. I got no problems as regards the connections and stuff. What makes me wonder is how could i make the pata drive as my harddrive 0, and make it as my os drive. I always move the documents and settings folder to the other drive which then makes it easier for me to reformat the os drive when it starts to mess up. My question is, do i need to do some settings so i could make the pata drive as hard drive 0? Does pata takes precedence over sata or is it the other way around?

I have read a few forums here and there and always, the discussion is about making the sata drive the os drive. The reason why i want the pata drive to become hard drive 0 is so that the boot loader stays in it and not on the sata drive, and it makes it easier for me to reformat the os drive when needed without having to worry about the boot loader in the other drive.


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Posted On: 06-06-2006, 12:20 PM . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

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I have recently built my own p4 machine (specs outlined at the end of message), and am attempting to configure my second hardrive (this is configured as the primary slave on the system) as a removable device as it is housed in a caddycase. The purpose of this task is not to enable me to have a multi-boot system , (as the primary master is designed to just run the operating system and all associated programs) but to enable me to remove the primary slave (second hardrive) at will, which is designed to just store all my data & is not dependent on the system to run, as the primary master hardrive has enough capacity to do this. Also once this system has been configured so the primary slave can be removable, how do i then configure another system which may be using xp or 98 to then be able to use this hardrive in the same respect as configured on this system?

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Hard Drive Make Clicking Noise

I was on the internet last night and all of the sudden my computer froze and i started to hear a clicking noise coming from my computer i thought it might be the fan. I looked inside and everything appeared ok. When i restarted my computer it said that there was an error loading no operating system found on any devices. I put in my xp cd and ran setup but it tells my there is no hard drive connected to my computer. Please do not tell me my hard drive crashed i lost everything. Why would it make a clicking noise i have never heard of that. Any help would be greatful.

Posted On: November 17th, 2004, 09:15 AM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Posted On: 04-25-2007, 11:21 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Bootable Usb Drive, How Do Make It Stop ?

I tried to make my flash drive boot-able, but all it says something about sysmangr missing. Anyways, i don't need it boot-able anymore. I do need to stop it from trying to boot when it is plugged in though. Otherwise i have to remove the drive every time on boot up. How do i go about this? The bios isn't even set to boot to removable drives, so it's got to be something on the drive itself making it try to boot to it.

Posted On: 01-15-2010, 07:39 PM . View Related Posts . . View 9 Replies .

Why Does Raid Make The Hard Drive Run Faster ?

I am a newbie at this and have never set my hard drives to raid. I have two 150 gb wd velociraptors but i have them set up as two separate drives. Why does raid make the hard drive run faster? I thought that the purpose of raid is to have data stored in the drives in an identical manner so that if one of the drive stop working, then you still have the other drive as a back up and all of the informations will not be lost. It kinds of counter-intuitive to think that running two drives and accessing data and writing data on the "two" drives would be faster. I thought that it would slower to "do things" on two drives because you have to work twice as hard.

Posted On: 06-02-2009, 08:48 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Hard Drive Runs At Constant 100, 110 Degrees And Make Noises

I've got a maxtor 80gigger, 7200 rpm ata133. A way long while back i had a dumb idea and kept my box in an enclosed space so no heat got out and no cold air got in. My hdd and video card took a blow. I had it there for 2 weeks before i noticed things were getting too hot. My hard drive started making clicking noises every once and a while, and was running real slow. I asked someone, they said it's a symptom of overheating and that i should keep my computer off for a bit and backup my files. I left it off for 2 days, and when i got back it took me over an hour to gather maybe 400 megs of stuff to save. It shouldn't take that long, 10 minutes at most (bathroom break included). It was running that slow. I run over to circuit city and buy a hdd cooler with a hs to cover the whole thing (except the bottom of it) for 20 bucks, i think it's served me well.zip forward a few months, to now, where my hard drive runs at a constant 100-110 degrees farenheit, and still makes the clicky noise. Performance is ok until it clicks, so it locks windows for a brief second and goes back. I'm wondering the temp is ok and if there's anything i can do about it (front mount intercooler, anyone? ) Any advice is highly appreciated.

Posted On: 02-26-2004, 04:18 AM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Is Usb Hard Drive Safer Than Normal Hard Drive ?

At the moment i have about 2t of data over 5hard drives, most of then films i have converted to avi from home as i live in uni halls the rooms are small, i am worried that leaving my pc on all the time will lower the life of my hard drives with data on, do you think it would be a good choice to put them into a usb drive and that way i only use them when i need? Is usb hard drive safer than normal hard drive ? Or am i just being silly?

Posted On: 10-17-2007, 12:35 PM . View Related Posts . . View 16 Replies .

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If i put a windows xp disk in the cd drive and both the hard drive and optical drive are connected, it will boot past post and then stop with a flashing cursor. If i disconnect the hard drive, it will boot past post, read the cd and run setup. No matter what, if a hard drive is present, it will just stop after ide detection and flash the cursor. I've check the bios and the hard drive is recognized and it's setup to boot from cd first. I've tried another known good hard drive, tried changing cables and ide slots. Even cleared cmos. I've pretty much tried every configuration that i can think of. Nothing seems to work. Has anyone ever encountered this issue? I'm thinking mobo but am confused as the optical drive works on both the primary and secondary ide channels.

Posted On: 18-03-2008, 08:19 PM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Cant Boot From My Xp Hard Drive

I have two hard drives, one with vista and one with xp. For some strange reason, all of a sudden i cant boot from my xp hard drive. All i get is a blank screen after post with a blinking cursor like in command prompt (though i cant input any commands). In bios, i cant select that drive as a bootable one. The drive shows up in vista's device manager, but i cant access the drive (it doesnt turn up in "my computer". Its like the drive exists, and it spins up, but its not there. File recovery programs cant work because they dont pick up the drive. Im not so much worried about recovering the windows install etc than i am getting some of my crucial files off it. Anyone experienced this before or have any suggestions?

Posted On: 06-25-2007, 07:51 AM . View Related Posts . . View 24 Replies .

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I have a panasonic toughbook. It has no os on it. Also, i have a lite-on usb cd drive. How can i boot from it?

Posted On: 13-02-2007, 09:54 AM . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Hard Drive Causes Xp To Freeze On Boot Up

I have an older dell system (by older i mean over 3 yrs) and i installed a wd 160 gb hard drive in it about a year ago using the supplied controller card, with an ntfs format to the drive. The drive (which has been my main data storage drive since i installed it) worked fine for that year. Resently i was installing a program off of a cd that was scratched up pretty bad on to that drive. After multiple cleanings of the disk, and crashing of the installer the computer totally locked up. I couldn't even get the num lock lights to function. So i hit the reset button. When the computer tried to come back up it froze at the blank (black) screen after the windows xp booting screen. After some intenstive trouble shooting of the attached hardware i discovered that if i removed the 160 gb drive from the system (either physically, or by disabling the controller card) the system booted fine. I also tried the drive connected directly to the eide controller on the motherboard with only the boot drive as the only other device and it was connected to the other controller, this also caused the system to freeze in the same spot. Trying the drive on another xp machine, and a windows 2000 machine resulted in simular issues (the windows 2000 machine stoped at the windows splash with the scrooling blue bar. )

I even moved all of the data off of one of the other drives, reformated it, and reinstalled windows xp, and service pack 1 on that drive. When i connect the 160 gb drive up it does the same thing. Also trying to reinstall windows with the drive attached causes windows to freeze at the point that it tries to check that drive. Now here is the real puzzling part, running the western digital diagonstics (it's called life gaurd or something like that) it doesn't show any bad sectors or anything on the drive (i did the extensive test that also does a phsyical scan of the drive, looking for damage to the platters i assume), and running ntfs-reader allows me to read, and copy the files off of the drive, unfortunitly i don't have enough combined space on the two good drives (a 20gb. And a 9gb) to copy off the mission critical stuff i have stored on the drive (about a years worth of video editing of old vhs tapes that i was transfering to dvd for my inlaws. ) Any suggestions other then reformat, and re-edit the vhses?


Posted On: April 22nd, 2004, 10:35 AM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Failure To Boot From Hard Drive

I have two hard drives. I tried installing windows vista business on the first one to use in a dual-boot configuration with windows xp which was on the second hard drive. Well, the vista installation worked fine, but when i went to boot into xp, i found vista's boot loader hadn't recognized windows xp. Clearly frustrated, i tried several different things until i finally decided to format the first hard drive. It was horrible i lost my entire data from the hard drive. Vista made my data vanish. I hate it. I tried using repair tool and many recovery software, but it did not work.

Posted On: 17-02-2007, 04:06 AM . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

Hard Drive Causes Computer Not To Boot

I bought a new pc and was swapping out hard drives when i put in an sata hard drive i use for backup and my new computer wouldnt boot. After a long time of trial and error i figured it was that particular drive and removed it. I sort of put it out of my mind for a few months but now i want to get my data off there. I have my older pc which it was originally in so i figured i could do some testing. The problem seems to be a short in the hard drive. The hard drive is a seagate baracude (sata). I need to use one of those sata power adapters to be able to hook up to my current power supply. Both computers i tested on boot up fine but as soon as i plug in the power cord to the hard drive and hit the power on butt the cpu fan spins like half a turn then stops. After this if i remove the power from the hard drive and hit the power button the computer still won't boot. I must then unplugg the pc from the wall and then the pc will boot. Is there any chance i accidently screwed somethign up during the move or maybe its the power adapter? I used the same adapter before so i'm hoping during the move maybe the adapter got screwed up. Anyone ever hear of this? Any ideas?

Posted On: March 25th, 2008, 01:13 AM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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I have a diamondmax plus 9 which i store in an external case and it connects to my computer through usb port. It currently has 2 partitions on it. Ever since i made a third partition on it: ntfs 32k cluster size, it has seemed to have screwed up and fails to boot each time. How do i stop the 3rd partition from booting up or get rid of the 3rd partition without affecting the other 2 because of valuable data?

Posted On: October 22nd, 2004, 08:10 PM . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

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Posted On: June 15th, 2006, 07:32 AM . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 11-30-2005, 09:45 PM . View Related Posts . . View 0 Replies .

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What i mean by my drive "acting up" is that every time i reboot, it asks me do a chkdsk for this specific drive, there are always "corrupt" files that need to be deleted or realigned or w/e and it happens on every bootup. Recently, i've had some of my game folders disappear but when i click the shortcuts on my desktop, the games still work fine. It seems to me like the drive is dying (raptor 74gb - out of warranty), but it passes the smart test and has 0 errors in a wd diagnostics extended test. Error scan in hd tune 4. 01 shows nothing as well, but when i got to 'health', it says:

(05) reallocated sector count 199(current)/199(worst)/140(threshold)/3(data) - warning
(C4) reallocated event count 199/199/0/1 - warning
(C7) ultra dma crc error count 200/253/0/308 - warning

What does this mean? Is the drive dying or what?


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Hard Drive Not Recognized After Power Off During Boot

Ok a few months ago i was dual booting linux and windows with two hard drives. Then one day my friend turned off the power to the computer when linux was booting. Well basically linux ate both hard drives. I used my emachine reboot disk and all was well, until i realized that the other hard drive wasn't being recognized. So i put it as master rather than slave and it was like error. So i put in my emachine boot disk for that drive and it was all good and ran windows ok. So i put it back on slave and it would still not recognize. Is there anyway that i can have windows re recognize my second hard drive or be able to completely erase everything on it. Oh yeah 1 more thing. I tried using eraser a hard rive erasing program and it found the lost drive and erased on it but windows wouldn't see the drive after i did it.

Posted On: June 21st 2005 . View Related Posts . . View 14 Replies .

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Posted On: 27-05-2006, 10:49 PM . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .