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Boot disk with usb cdrom support?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Crusnik, Nov 6, 2007.

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  1. Crusnik

    Crusnik Thread Starter

    Feb 1, 2007
    So I have a laptop with just a floopy drive, no built in cdrom or dvd. I am getting the dreaded "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME" message and want to run a chkdsk on the hard drive. The only way I know how to do that is from an XP cd.

    I have a external usb cdrom, but the BIOS does not support it as a boot option. Is there a boot disk out there that gives usb cdrom support? I am not have much luck on google finding a boot disk I can download.


    Is there a boot disk with usb support that'd allow me to run chkdsk off a USB stick? Assuming it'd be possible to put chkdsk on a USB stick.

  2. johnhe


    May 11, 2007
    One option would be to remove the drive and get a $10 IDE 2 USB cable so that you could run CHKDSK on the drive after plugging it into another XP machine. I've had good luck doing this, both to repair a corrupt drive, and to get files off a drive that was going bad.

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