Setting up another HD for recovery

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  1. djg05

    djg05 Registered Member

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    I have Active @ Image and am wondering if it is possible to install the WinPE boot disk onto another HD and select that at boot up rather than rely on the CD to boot.

    Should mention that this would be from a USB drive

    Thanks
     
  2. timcan

    timcan Registered Member

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    Hi, here is a tip from member Brian K. https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=302019

    I use a very similar setup for Active@ except I don't use Bootit that Brian refers to.I use the pc's ESC button to access the boot menu and then choose which device to boot from.Hope that helps, Tim
     
  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    David,

    Sure. One of my USB external HDs is setup like that. A 250 MB partition (set active) containing the WinPE and another partition containing the backup images. It's easy to boot from the USB HD and restore (or create) an image. No CD needed.
     
  4. Brian K

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    Hi timcan,

    You beat me by a minute. If the WinPE is on a USB external HD then BootIt isn't needed. Just boot the external HD the same way you would boot a USB flash drive.
     
  5. timcan

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    Brian, actually I use active@ winpe on a second internal drive and don't have any issues booting usind the ESC button to access the menu.
     
  6. Brian K

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    You can automate image restores from the USB HD (if you like) and Active@ Boot Disk lets you run auto scripts on startup. One problem with WinPE on a USB drive is you don't know what drive letter will be assigned to the drive. Plug it into another computer and it will probably have a different drive letter. As the restore script must know the correct drive letter you can use this in the startup script...

    Code:
    @echo off
    set target=junk
    For %%A in (C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z) do (
    if exist %%A:\%target% set drive=%%A: & goto :finish
    )
    :finish
    echo.
    %drive%
    cd yourfolder
    start app.cmd
     
  7. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    timcan,

    Nice. We differ as all my OS are on HD0 so I need a boot manager. I use HD1 as a backup drive.
     
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