Solved

boot CD and recognising USB drive

Posted on 2014-12-30
3
292 Views
Last Modified: 2014-12-30
We have a linux based boot CD called helix (free). One of the utilities on the boot CD can take a replica copy of a hard drive and write the replica copy out to a USB drive. The expansion drive we have always seems to install drivers on any new PC (always windows 7 devices) it is plugged into for the first time, and then within a few seconds is read/writeable. My question is... if this USB drive has never been installed on a specific Laptop PC, and the drivers have never been installed etc, when you use this boot CD, and attach the HDD, will the boot CD be able to write data out to the USB drive, or would the drivers first need to be installed on the machine? If of any use - the laptop will be windows 8.
0
Comment
Question by:pma111
3 Comments
 
LVL 46

Accepted Solution

by:
noxcho earned 250 total points
ID: 40523556
As long as the drive has been identified by your linux or Windows you can write to it. Usually Windows and Linux have drivers for USB interface and their are installed automatically. So called plug and play approach. So answering your question - yes, the boot cd will be able to write data to this drive.
0
 
LVL 9

Assisted Solution

by:Sean
Sean earned 250 total points
ID: 40523558
The drivers will not need to be installed ahead of time. you are booting form the CD so nothing done on the hard drive ahead of time will make any difference. If linux needs drivers you may run into issues. I don't know Helix all that well but you shouldn't have any issues with it mounting automatically. If the drive is not getting mounted then i would suggest researching how to mount a drive in helix. I would just suggest having it plugged in during boot to increase the chance of it being mounted for you.
0
 
LVL 3

Author Comment

by:pma111
ID: 40523576
Thanks both
0

Featured Post

Network it in WD Red

There's an industry-leading WD Red drive for every compatible NAS system to help fulfill your data storage needs. With drives up to 8TB, WD Red offers a wide array of solutions for customers looking to build the biggest, best-performing NAS storage solution.  

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
cloning computer 13 66
asset management of client side devices laptops/computers 1 45
Unable to remove HP CP1510 deployed printer 1 44
Problem to error 4 45
If you need to start windows update installation remotely or as a scheduled task you will find this very helpful.
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…
This is used to tweak the memory usage for your computer, it is used for servers more so than workstations but just be careful editing registry settings as it may cause irreversible results. I hold no responsibility for anything you do to the regist…

920 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

12 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now