[Trlog] bootable USB "thumb drive" for XP

Dick Frey k4xu at bendcable.com
Sat Nov 13 15:16:14 EST 2004

The XP machines I've seen all have the ability to boot from the USB port.
W98 boxes usually do not, but they don't have the problem with TR not
running at all.
I'm going to borrow a whiz-bang XP laptop and wring it out over SS ssb.
"film at 11."
Dick   k4xu

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Pete Smith" <n4zr at contesting.com>
To: "Dick Frey" <k4xu at arrl.net>
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: [Trlog] bootable USB "thumb drive" for XP

> Dick, I think it all depends whether your BIOS has the option to boot from
> a USB drive or not.  I guess yours does, but the brain-dead consumer BIOS
> on these Dells doesn't -- it's CD, floppy or hard drive, period.  But once
> I have logged onto the C: drive under DOS, I shouldn't think it would be
> any different from having booted from the USB drive.
> It's probably something else in the Dell USB implementation -- that plus
> the fact that I'm not enabling Smartdrive (yet).
> 73, Pete
> At 01:20 PM 11/13/2004, you wrote:
> >Pete,
> >When I boot from a thumb drive, don't even use the internal HDD.
> >All the files are there on the USB device. It's very fast.
> >I'm no expert but there appears to be a functional difference between
> >booting from a  floppy and from a USB drive.
> >rf

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