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How to boot from external CD drive.

Dell
March 5, 2008 at 10:02:40
Specs: Win XP, P4-2.0/512

I had Dell Latitude C400 laptop, this laptop is small and light laptop without build in CD and floppy drive, I nornally use USB ext. CD drive.
I need reinstall Win XP into this laptop due to original Win XP dead.

The problem is -- how to boot up laptop from external CD drive ?

I check boot function of BIOS, I can not find anything said boot from USB or external CD drive.
boot sequence listing are -- CD drive, HD, noboard NIC.
I already setup CD drive at first boot, but laptop can not do from usb external CD drive .


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#1
March 5, 2008 at 13:41:41

Dells usually have a hidden partition on the hard drive with an Image of the original Operating System. Go to the web site below to check their recovery procedures.

http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore...

This 'might' work: When you start your computer, hold down the CTRL key and press F11 to access the system recovery wizard.


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#2
March 5, 2008 at 14:52:31

If there is no option in the boot orderto boot from an external CD drive then you can't do it. You may not need to anyway. See the above response.

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#3
March 5, 2008 at 19:54:20

"If there is no option in the boot orderto boot from an external CD drive then you can't do it."
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I'm not so sure this is true.

You can try installing BOOTitNG (google for it). It will allow you to boot from different partitions, external drives... etc.


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#4
March 5, 2008 at 21:21:06

Without a CD or floppy drive?

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#5
March 6, 2008 at 04:41:20

"Without a CD or floppy drive?"
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Well... yes and no.

You obviously need a floppy or CD to install BOOTitNG. You won't be able to remove the laptop HDD and connect to another computer to install XP, but you SHOULD be able to do it with BOOTitNG. Once it's installed on the HDD, then place the HDD back in the laptop and give it a try. I've never install BOOTit this way so I can't promise you it will work... but it's an option.


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