usb memory key as a boot device

  kunphen 14:01 29 Oct 2004

Can I use my memory key as security, and be unable to boot my pc without the key in the usb port?

  recap 15:42 29 Oct 2004

I don't see why not, that is if you can change the boot sequence in the BIOS.

  Diemmess 16:05 29 Oct 2004

I thought it was like Catch 22.

You can't use USB to start Windows, because you need Windows to run USB....... Maybe those with shiny, new, all singing, all dancing, PCs know better?
.......I would (like you)love to know.

  Gongoozler 16:11 29 Oct 2004

Most new motherboards will allow booting to USB. I don't think the USB drive can be used to hold the operating system, mainly because Windows, especially XP, is too large for most flash drives, and also because they aren't designed for constant read/write cycles. What I think can be done is to put the boot files on the flash drive, and use those to point to the hard drive. There is quite a lot of discussion on this matter on various forums but I haven't yet seen a complete "how to do it".

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