|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 pendrivelinux.com 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.
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