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How to backup to external USB drive in safe mode?


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Okay, so my old pc has multiple virus infections. I will be dumping the pc because it has outlived its usefulness, but I want to backup all my data first.

Here's what I have to work with:

OS: Windows XP Pro, SP2
BIOS does not support USB
Just discovered that both DVD and CD-Rom Drives have issues. One drive doesn't spin up & won't recognize a Live Ubuntu CD and the other drive won't power up: lights don't blink, can't open drive, etc.
Floppy drive available

Antimalware Doctor popups take over display screen when I boot up in normal mode. Infections have disabled Avast! and I can't enable Avast! to resume scanning functions.

* I was able to boot into safe mode w/networking.
* I have an external hard drive that connects via USB. I would like to backup data to that drive, but I understand that while Windows backup utility works in safe mode, I won't be able to access USB devices.

Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.
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Why don't you buy a external HD enclosure and slip the old drive into it. Then you should be able to access all the data off the drive for as long as it stays working.

http://www.newegg.co...8-001-_-Product

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Why don't you buy a external HD enclosure and slip the old drive into it. Then you should be able to access all the data off the drive for as long as it stays working.

http://www.newegg.co...8-001-_-Product

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Why don't you buy a external HD enclosure and slip the old drive into it. Then you should be able to access all the data off the drive for as long as it stays working.

http://www.newegg.co...8-001-_-Product

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Hey great minds think alike. After much frustration, I went searching for a drive enclosure and found this instead http://www.tigerdire...53&sku=D15-8028

I like the drive dock idea because it seems simpler and has a smaller footprint for same price. I think it does the same thing. I was lost there for a while & couldn't see the forest for the trees.

Thanks for the input.
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