make bootable hard disk

Acer / Aspire 1650
April 23, 2010 at 12:43:19
Specs: Windows XP
I hae a ACER laptop. Its around 5 years old. The CD drive doesn't work for it. Now my OS got corrupted and i messed with a lot to fix it. I have removed the hard drive from laptop and tried to copy the misisng files. But unfortunately i deleted teh complete OS. Now its a smple drive.

So if i need to install fresh windows XP on it, i can't do that as there is no bootable device.

How i can fix that. My laptop also doesn't support USB BOOT drive.

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April 23, 2010 at 14:53:16
Take the drive out and stick it in a computer that does. You need a bootable drive to do what you want. There is no other way because you have to boot some kind of OS otherwise the computer will do nothing.

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April 23, 2010 at 15:11:23
Buy a CD drive & do it the right way.

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April 23, 2010 at 18:36:33
I doubt it but there may be a way to recover it by using a F key at boot. See owners manual.

Last way would be to use PXE or floppy to access a network share.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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April 24, 2010 at 02:20:00
The Acer 1650 ought to have a recovery routine that is accessible via an Fkey combination. Can't remember what is just now...

I have an Aspire 1690 and it allows that option and also via recovery disks... Alnd usually Acer supplied the recovery disks - but also advised one to make a local set as well once system up and running. Soemthing not often done sadly...

Otherwise... replace the duff cd/dvd drive - you can find them on eBay etc. for not many pennies...

Or take drive out and connect to a working system via a usb adapter. Then save data - to opticals; verify copies are trully readable etc..

After-which... if you have a full version XP disk... you could reformat the drive; copy the setup files to the drive; re-install drive to its home; run set up from there... Although there is wee bit more to do to get that actually happen - and if you decide to go this last route - post back for more complete details... - before you start on that path...

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April 24, 2010 at 11:46:32
exactly what i think to do is, i have a blank harddish with proper partiions but no OS (only the folder to setup WIN XP). So if possible i can make it bootable drive and then if i attach it to my laptop and then try to boot my laptop through it and then install XP through DOS.

I tried to remove the CD drive but failed to do so as there were screws which i was not able to open. :)

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April 24, 2010 at 12:33:59

is the manual for an Acer 1650 and it appears to how you have a plug-in CDROM - goes into a bay; and also plug-in floppy drive?

This being so... what is the problem in getting the failed CDROM out of its case?

Also have you had a browse on eBay for a similar unit; either the whole external assembly (with CDROM included) or just the drive itself?

And can you determine what model CDROM you have; Acer use different makes one each range; and currently seem to use Mats---a (Panasonic) internal drives; and these are also not easily hackable to multi-region...

To install XP from the hard-drive:

The second link contains assorted references/link to various "how to do it..." The common/critical item is you MUST have smartdrive.exe involved - on the '98/ME boot floppy...; and also the i386 folder must be in a fat32 location on the drive (and ideally in its own space/partition - and definitely not in the C: drive/partition).

Again note the drive - at least the Extended partition/logical-drive where the XP setup folder is situated) has to be fat32... Ensure it is...

Using another system - (connect the laptop drive to that system via a usb-adapter.) - perhaps reconfigure drive along the following lines

active Primary partition = C: = 5Gig or so at least for XP and apps etc.; perhaps more - and format as fat32 or ntfs.

Extended partition; sub-divided into at least two logical drives...

D: = most of the drive = fat32 or ntfs

E: = enough to hold the XP setup folder and a bit to spare.

Ensure e: = fat32 most definitely...

Then follow any/all of the guides as above?

Personally I'd have the whole drive as fat32 as for most domestic scenarios it's more than adequate - unless one is creating really humungous file sizes...?

And it also allows easy access to data etc in event of problems with installed OS - bia a '98/ME boot disk...

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