Posted 15 August 2009 - 04:39 AM
My laptop is a Toshiba Satellite L10 (yeah, a bit old). I recently decided that I wanted to reformat my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP Home. However my CD/DVD drive is currently out of action and has been for some time. So, I decided to buy an external DVD drive so that I could reinstall XP using that.
Before I did however, I checked to make sure that my BIOS could boot from USB. So, I entered my memory stick into my laptop. In the 'Boot' section, under 'HDD' was my USB stick, so I thought "Great! I should be able to boot from an external DVD drive".
I bought an LG 20x External Super Multi DVD Rewriter which connects via USB. I plugged it into my laptop and it worked fine without having to install any of the software that was provided with it.
So, before I started the whole reformat process, I checked to see that I could actually boot from this external drive and I inserted the Toshiba Recovery Disk that was provided with my laptop. However, when I went to the 'Boot' section again, my external drive was not there.
And that brings me up to my problem. How do I boot from this external DVD drive? The only suggestion I have tried was one I saw on a website which was to change the boot priorities to CD/DVD, but this did not work for me and my laptop started up as usual.
Any help much appreciated,