[Beowulf] Re: real hard drive failures

Dominic Wu dwu at swales.com
Tue Feb 1 11:18:05 PST 2005

It is motherboard dependent and if your BIOS supports USB boot and most
newer ones do, there should be no problem in theory.  That said, booting up
CF (or any solidstate/microdrive devices) via an IDE interface is still
probably easier with less drivers you have to load.

> >have you looked into booting from usb-flash?  that would be very
> >much dependent on bios, of course, but far more accessible.
> Oooooh... that didn't work so well for me on the various machines I tried
> it on.  The IDE/CF is essentially bios independent (to the BIOS, it just
> looks link another IDE drive).  The USB drive has to have all the USB
> up and running first.
> >thanks, mark hahn.
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