It's possible to configure Windows 2000 Recovery Console so that you can gain access to removable media devices for the purpose of copying file.
Note: As a security measure, Microsoft has disabled this feature by default. You should think twice before making a change to this setting. However, if you want to go ahead and allow copying files from removable media without any restrictions, follow these steps:
- Open Control Panel and go to Administrative tools.
- Select Local Security Policy.
- Select Domain Security Policy.
- Select Domain Controller Security Policy.
- Select Security Configuration and Analysis.
- Now from the Microsoft Management Console tree pane, go to Local Policies.
- Click Security Options and select the policy from the details pane which says Recovery Console: Allow floppy copy and access to all drives and all folders.
- Take the Security option from the Action menu.
- A Local Security Policy Setting dialog box will be displayed. Click on the Enabled checkbox and then click the OK button.
- Go back into the Recovery Console and type this command at a command prompt: "set allowremovablemedia = true."
It will now be possible for you to copy files to and from a removable media source without any restrictions.
Note: After making this setting, you have to retype the set command each time
About the author: Rahul Shah currently works at a software firm in India, where he is a systems administrator maintaining Windows servers. He has also worked for various software firms in testing and analytics, and also has experiences deploying client/server applications in different Windows configurations.
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- Tip: Running System Restore from the Recovery Console
- Topics: Windows disaster recovery
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This was first published in December 2006