boot from external hd for laptop

May 6, 2010 at 22:37:59
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology TL-60 / 2 GHz
i have an hp pavillion dv2810, the hdd crashed
on it and i bought a new hdd, and now the
dvdrom will not power on i checked the bios
and it no longer recognizes the disk drive. so i
copied my restore discs to an external hdd
and tried set in bios for it to boot to an external
usb drive. but when i turn on the computer all i
get is the dos cursor. is it possible to do what
i am trying to do and if so is there anything
special that i must do to the ehdd to get it
working as a boot device for this laptop?

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May 7, 2010 at 12:52:00
Yes, but not easy. See web pages on how to make a bootable usb flash drive. Most of it is the same for a usb external.

Might be easier or more important to find out why the dvd isn't working. Might the HD and dvd issue be related?

See for how-to's on making a usb linux flash drive. Might be used to run ultimate boot cd or other diags to see if system is OK.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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May 7, 2010 at 18:22:59
If both your hard drive and optical drive have quit working then I would suspect the drive controller has gone bad. That is integrated onto the motherboard.

Watch the POST screens at start up to verify the drives are identified by the BIOS.

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