Run USB devices under DOS!

By RealBlackStuff
Jun 4, 2005
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  1. Working with an old PC, I was confronted with a HD that had no bootable partition. It contained data that I wanted to retrieve, without having to move that HD first into another PC.
    My idea was to use a USB key, so I started hunting around for a solution.

    I found this interesting info somewhere on the web, and you can run USB2.0 under DOS!

    This is how a Boot disk is setup to run USB 2.0 from DOS.

    Include in AUTOEXEC.BAT for CD
    MSCDEX.EXE /D:cd1 /L:Z


    Include in CONFIG.SYS for CD and USB2.0 Driver
    DOS = HIGH,UMB
    LASTDRIVE = Z
    DEVICE = himem.sys /testmem:eek:ff ==>>must read: /testmem no space colon no space off <<== silly smilies :blackeye:
    DEVICE = USBASPI.SYS /v
    DEVICE = DI1000DD.SYS
    Rem Use whatever CD Driver works for you
    DEVICE = oakcdrom.sys /m:15 /d:cd1

    You can get the Panasonic USBASPI.SYS Driver from the following:
    http://panasonic.co.jp/pcc/products/drive/other/driver/f2h_usb.exe
    Scroll down in the new created F2H directory.

    You can get the DI1000DD.SYS "motto hairu" DOS Driver from
    http://www.driver.novac.co.jp/driver/hd351u/mhairudos.zip

    Do NOT use the usbaspi.sys from mhairudos.zip, it is an older one!

    I'm sure a few of you can now make DOS backups onto external harddrives etc.!


    Additional info can be found here: http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=10215

    If it does NOT work for you, DON'T ask ME!
  2. patio

    patio TechSpot Maniac Posts: 700

    Excellent, and thanx ! !

    patio. :cool:
  3. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,802

    You could try doing it this way (Disable smilies in text)
    But then you'll have to conted to using text smilies... ;-D


    Aside from that, great find!
  4. Fred

    Fred Newcomer, in training Posts: 43

    I ran into a similar problem with a computer that didn't boot. I went to http://ntfs.com/boot-disk.htm and it worked like a charm. I was able to move files to my external iomega USB hard drive.
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