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, or use supplied evaluation DEMO key.

boot disk software

For instructions on setting boot sequence priority in the system BIOS, see Chapter 3: About Boot Priority.

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:

    Active@ Boot Disk-DOS screen

    Press any key to skip loading Active@ Boot Disk...
  • 4. If you want to cancel booting up the Active@ Boot Disk and load the operating system on the hard drive, press a key on the keyboard. Otherwise the screen will change and loading of the kernel will appear.
  • 5. After the Windows PE start screen, the screen will go dark for a period of time. Wait for the start page to load.
  • 6. The Active@ Boot Disk start page appears.

    Boot Disk If you stay idle on this page, after the 30-second progress bar completes, Active@ Boot Disk will automatically continue.
    On this page you can change and add these features:
    • 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.
    • Change local time zone- choose the time zone from the Time zone drop-down list.
    • Change screen resolution- choose a setting from the Screen resolution drop-down list.
    • Initialize your network card and allow a network connection, select the Initialize network interface check box.
    • Click OK.
    The console will detect and load hardware drivers and start the network connection (if you have initialized the network interface). This may take a long time and the screen may have black flashes.
  • 7. The Active@ Boot Disk taskbar appears.
    Active@ Boot Disk taskbar appears

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

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

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

boot disk software

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

boot disk software

If you have successfully booted from the CD, DVD or USB device and you do not see your C: drive because, for example, it is a Stripe Array (RAID0) or if you are using an older or non-standard controller, see instructions in Start > Load Driver (see 1.4 BootDisk Drivers and BootDisk Scripts).