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Installing XP from an External CD reader to new HD..

Discussion in 'All other topics' started by Blakean, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. Blakean

    Blakean Guest

    Hello...

    My harddrive recently died on my laptop, so I must buy a new one. The thing is, my internal CD-RW drive died a while ago. My question is: can I install Windows XP on the brand new hard drive from an external CD-RW drive(USB), or must I use an internal CD drive?

    In other words, can I boot from a USB CD-RW drive that a new harddrive hasn't recognized before?

    Thanks...

    B.


     
  2. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    does the laptop bios allow you to boot from a usb drive??
     
  3. Blakean

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    I'm not exactly sure what you mean. But when I go to Setup (F2), I can change the boot order from cd/dvd/cdrw to internal hdd, to "modular HDD", whatever that is. Is this what you mean?

    And is modular HDD an external harddrive?

     
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    possibility, what does manual say
     
  5. Blakean

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    Nothing about USB, so I suppose not. I'm not familiar with fiddling with those sorts of settings, so I thought there may have been something I merely didn't understand or a screen I wasn't getting access to...

     
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