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Postposted on Thu Apr 04, 2002 8:07 pm

I was reading the review of SiS645 motherboards at Tomshardware.com and noticed the following are listed as boot devices on one of the motherboards:
Floppy, LS120, SCSI, CD, HD 0-3, ZIP100, LAN, USB-FDD, USB-ZIP

Has anyone tried booting from a USB Zip or floppy drive? Can you boot from HD 1,2 or 3 without designating them as the Master harddrive on the channel??? (otherwise, what's the point?) Are LS-120 drives reliable? (They've been around for a while, but nobody I know has ever used them since Zip drives became ubiquitous in the business sector first). Are there any "tricks" to making the LS-120, Zip, and USB versions bootable?

I'm intrigued with ditching my conventional floppy and appreciate anyone's comments, suggestions, and/or experiences.
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Postposted on Thu Apr 04, 2002 8:16 pm

Many modern BIOS have the ability to assign the boot device (80) at will. It works just fine with IDE HDDs and floppy drives. I don't know about USB, however. I'm still waiting for a good bootable USB flash drive.
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Postposted on Sat Apr 06, 2002 4:35 am

On 2002-04-04 19:16, Speed wrote:
Many modern BIOS have the ability to assign the boot device (80) at will. It works just fine with IDE HDDs and floppy drives. I don't know about USB, however. I'm still waiting for a good bootable USB flash drive.


Nice thought. One of those thumbdrives to boot a system would be just uber-geeky. Throw in an encryption code on it and there you are.
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Postposted on Sun Apr 07, 2002 9:13 pm

You can boot from a PC card with this solid state drive I picked up on the cheap for $15. Its an IDE device and unfortunately cannot be swapped while the system is on without crashing the PC. To this device a compact flash card in a PCMCIA adapter in the slot is a hard drive. It can be set to be either master or slave on the ide chain.
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Postposted on Mon Apr 08, 2002 3:33 pm

Yeah, but how many PCs have PC Card slots? If bootable USB really is workable, I could have my trusty Linuxcare bootable business card utility CD distribution and be able to save files to it. And since almost every computer has USB...
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