Can I install OS from external device ??

December 21, 2010 at 05:02:20
Specs: Window xp sp 3, Dual core /2 GB
My CD/DVD ROM is not working in my notebook. Can I install OS from external CD/DVD ROM or external hard drive in future.

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December 21, 2010 at 05:12:00
I don't know, can you?

Is your system able to boot off a USB device? Why don't you just replace the optical drive in the notebook? You're going to have to do it eventually.

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December 21, 2010 at 14:10:40
I would think a dual core laptop would be modern enough to be able to boot from an external usb drive.

Power off and then connect usb drive. Then go to bios. See how that model shows the drive. Should be under either and boot or cd drives.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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December 21, 2010 at 16:22:08
You're much better off to get a clone replacement DVD drive - they're available for a reasonable price on the web.
You search with something such as : (make and model) replacement DVD drive
to find one that will physically be compatible with your model.

The XP (and 2000) CD cannot recognize most models, if not all models, of USB optical drives.
If that applies in your case, even if you manage to boot the XP CD from a USB optical drive, all you get is a blue screen.

There is a method of installing XP when you can't load the CD contents from an optical drive, but you'll need access to another computer, and an adapter of some sort to connect your hard drive to another computer.
You probably can't run a Repair installation of Windows procedure if you use that method, only an installation of XP from scratch.

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