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    USB Drive

    Is it possible to recognize a USB External Hard Drive via DOS? I would like to boot from a floppy and be able to access a USB External Hard Drive.

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    Re: USB Drive

    There are no DOS drivers/support for USB, so it's not likely that you're going to meet with much success. There was a discussion on the boards a while ago about accessing USB from DOS and some solutions were proffered, but as I recall they were rather pricey and not really an "option." I'd love for someone to prove me wrong on this one though.

    FWIW, I recently purchased a new motherboard that supports booting (through the BIOS) to external USB hard drives, but I don't have one to test that scenario with. I don't know if it would appear as a DOS drive, and I don't suspect so - unless the USB drive had DOS installed on it.
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    Re: USB Drive

    It is possible to creat bootable CD-ROM and access USB drives.

    E.g., Dantz Retrospect is supposed to have he ability to create a bootable CD-ROM from which you can restore an OS without installing the OS.

    A floppy may not have the space to include all needed drivers.

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    Re: USB Drive

    Go to this page and read paragraphs B. & C. Here

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    Re: USB Drive

    I am familiar wit the Maxtor product.

    I am planning on building my own external USB or Firewire by purchaseing the drive and case separately.

    The Dantz Retrospect Express supplied with the Maxtor drive is a much watered down version of Dantz Retrospect..

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    Re: USB Drive

    The original question was whether or not you caould access this device from DOS. Straight from the linked page:
    <hr>c)Currently there are no DOS drivers for USB or 1394 devices. USB or 1394 devices will not function under DOS because this technology can only operate in a "Plug-and-Play" operating systems environment. Backup software that creates images, such as Norton Ghost or PowerQuest Drive Image, requires that a device is able to function under MS-DOS. USB and 1394 drives will not function under MS-DOS because there are no MS-DOS drivers.<hr>
    -Mark

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    Re: USB Drive

    Thank You Mark. As you stated, my intention was to answer the original question. And as you pointed out those paragraphs are very direct and to the point.

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