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Help with Reinstalling Windows via External CD/DVD Drive with USB connection


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#1 Rol

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:37 PM

Hello, I am hoping for some help in reinstalling Windows XP on my Dell Laptop. I have reinstalled Windows numerous times, however I am having difficulties because my internal CD/DVD drive broke. I have an external CD/DVD drive that connects (and works) via USB, but I cannot get it to boot my Windows XP disc. I have already set my BIOS to boot via "USB" only, but Windows still cannot recognize or find a "bootable disk." My external drive is plugged into the USB, power is on while during boot phase, and I can add/remove CDs, yet Windows cannot find my boot disc!

Also, my the most recent BIOS on the Dell website was last updated in 2007 which is the same year as my current BIOS. I really hope to not have to resort to making a bootable thumb-drive.

Thanks,

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Posted 06 October 2009 - 08:23 AM

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/syst...om/PF362A03.pdf

The reinstall procedures detailed above...do not indicate whether your BIOS supports installation of XP from a USB drive. You might review the procedure listed (starts around page 112).

As an attempted work around...I would attach the hard drive as a secondary drive to another system and attempt installation using that system's optical drive. Since you have recovery CDs (driver, XP), you should not experience the normal problems that those with a MS install CD would have (wrong system drivers would load).

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Edited by hamluis, 06 October 2009 - 08:26 AM.


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Posted 09 October 2009 - 12:58 PM

Hey Louis,

I have 2 laptops and an external hard drive. I just removed the hard drive from the external case hoping that I could put laptop hard drive into that, and ultimately plug it into the other laptop and reinstall windows that way. Unfortunately, my laptop's hard drive will not fit into my external case. Also, my hard drive cannot fit into my other laptop's hard drive port. Would you happen to have any other tips or options as to how I can reinstall windows?

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Posted 09 October 2009 - 01:51 PM

I suppose that you could try a network install.

http://www.networkcert.net/xp/install.htm

Louis




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