Well, I'm not completley sure, as I got it from a mate, but it should work.
First download this which i found after a bit of searching:
That is the exe file to allow your computer to read USB drives before Windows boots.
You'd use that file to unzip the neccessary files to place onto a floppy disc.
You'd then need this:
That will allow the USB drive to gain a letter, for example your hard drive may be C. You could make your USB drive L or something to start loading to it.
You'd probably also need the XP boot disc, so get this from here:
So, you'd place all these files onto one floppy, and restart. The bootdisc should then boot, and you'll have to manually load the USB devices from the floppy to gain access to maybe a USB pen drive, or hard drive to back up data.
WHAT TO DO AFTER IT LOADS THE BOOTDISC:
Here is where my information starts getting a bit patchy, as I'm trying to understand it from a website.
> To detect your USB Mass storage device (.e.g. a USB 2.0 external hard drive) put this line in your boot diskette CONFIG.SYS file
device=USBASPI.SYS /w /v
So i think after getting to it, you'd have to first type that to find a USB device in your USB sockets.
You'd then have to type something like this:
"If you want specify the "L" drive letter for a storage
To make the USB device the letter L for example to start storing data.
ALL THIS CAME FROM HERE:
But after getting this sorted, you should now be able to save onto that USB device, any file from the specified drive that won't get into windows, for example C. So pretend we've called the USB device L.
XCOPY C:\ L:\
XCOPY is basically built to copy from one directory to another, and can copy the whole hard drive onto another device if you wanted it too. This would do just that. There are many commands though that can get it to do different things:
/H Copies hidden and system files also.
/S Copies directories and sub directories except empty ones.
So it'd become:
XCOPY C:\ L:\ /s /h
Or, if you wanted to only copy the file My documents from C. It'd probably be:
XCOPY C:\Documents and settings\? L:\ /s /h
Anyway, in dos, when you load a device, or select any drive, you can use this command:
This will directory list whats on the drive, so you can find what your looking for.
I don't know if this is going to help, as i'm abit confused myself
But i've tried lol...
Can anyone make this a little simpler by explaining my jibberish?