Product Overview

1.5 Booting from a CD, DVD or USB Device

You can start your computer and perform data recovery and other functions by starting from a bootable CD, DVD or USB device.

To start your computer with the Active@ Boot Disk CD, DVD or USB device, you must first download the ISO file and burn it to the medium.

Before you use Active@ Boot Disk, you must purchase it and obtain a registration key.

Note: For instructions on setting boot sequence priority in the system BIOS, see About Boot Priority page.

To boot from the Active@ Boot Disk device:

  1. To boot from a CD or DVD, put the bootable Active@ Boot Disk CD or DVD disk into the player.
  2. To boot from a USB device, plug the bootable Active@ Boot Disk USB device into a USB port.
  3. Start the power on the machine. In a DOS screen, the following message appears:
    Press any key to start Active@ Boot Disk...
  4. Press a key on the keyboard. The screen changes and appears to be loading the kernel.

Picture 1. Windows is loading files

Windows is loading files
  1. After the Windows PE start screen, the screen goes dark for a length of time. Wait for the start page to load.
  2. The Active@ Boot Disk start page appears.

Picture 2. Change Default Settings

Changing Active@ Boot Disk Settings

Do the following on this page:

  • To add a second language keyboard layout, select the Additional Keyboard layout check box and choose the language from the Keyboard layout to install drop-down list.
  • To indicate a different local time zone, choose the time zone from the Time zone drop-down list.
  • To set a different screen resolution setting, choose a setting from the Screen resolution drop-down list.
  • To initialize your network card and allow a network connection, select the Initialize network interface check box.
  • Click OK.
    The console detects and loads hardware drivers and starts the network connection (if you have initialized the network interface). This may take a long time and the screen may flash to black.

The Active@ Boot Disk taskbar appears.
Active@ Boot Disk Taskbar

You are ready to use the utilities in Active@ Boot Disk.

After you start the computer this way, you have full exclusive access to the system drive. With this kind of access, you can perform tasks that are not possible when Windows has been started from the hard drive.

The only other way to get this type of exclusive access to your hard drive would be to physically remove your hard drive and install it on another computer.

Note:  You cannot save registration information to a file on a hard drive with damaged partitions.

Note:  If you have successfully booted from the CD, DVD or USB device and you do not see your C: drive because it is a Stripe Array (RAID-0) or if you are using an older or non-standard controller, see instructions in Start > Load Driver.