CD drive dead

Emachines / T3104
May 3, 2009 at 12:39:22
Specs: Windows XP SP2, AMD 3100+
CD drive accepts CD, but no contents appear in Windows Explorer. To save time of replacing drive, thought I'd get a USB replacement..I don't do much burning. My concern: I'm going to purchase ghost software to make an image of entire hard drive as back up..so I can keep using XP and all apps. Will I be able to make the USB drive bootable should the worst happen? Thanx for your input.

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#1
May 3, 2009 at 12:53:24
I suggest you replace the optical drive.

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#2
May 3, 2009 at 14:16:56
I agree, and get a CD/DVD drive. It only takes a few minutes to swap drives. Plug the 'Master/Slave/Cable select' the same as the old drive.

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#3
May 3, 2009 at 16:02:39
Yes to the two above. If you are going to ghost the drive get a second hard drive to put the image on or just make a copy of your c: drive using Maxblast or another program.

Putting a backup or image on the same hard drive puts all your eggs in one basket. Make the backup and then disconnect the second hd from the power and ribbon cable.


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#4
May 3, 2009 at 16:29:55
USB Optical drives are slower and cost more. USB is not as dependable either.

Look at the link below. I assume you need an IDE type optical drive. Read the reviews. Many have free shipping. Most locations will have no sales tax either.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#5
May 3, 2009 at 19:34:37
Thank you all for your quick responses. I have an external hard drive, so no "all eggs in one basket". Installing a new dual optical drive is just a pain in the butt I'm trying to avoid and USB speed is not an issue as I only use the drive to load apps etc. My concern is if the system does go belly-up, would my bootable CD work from a USB drive...and BIOS is not a friendly place for me, so more detail would help. Again, thanks.

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