CD/DVD drive boot-up

December 8, 2009 at 06:46:45
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.6Ghz / 1.5Gb
Trying to boot from my CD drive & it keeps booting from the hard drive. I have changed my boot order in the bios & set CD drive as #1. I have tried 2 different bootable CD's and it still boots from the HD. How can I tell if my CD drive is not working properly? Should I replace it or can I boot from a USB thumb drive if it has the correct boot files?

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#1
December 8, 2009 at 06:49:55
try to boot from the same CD on another computer...if it boots, then it`s your CD-ROM drive...otherwise...it`s the boot disk...

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#2
December 8, 2009 at 08:01:34
Thanks for reply.......assuming my boot disk is good. Can I boot from a USB thumb drive? Also, how else can I troubleshoot to see if CD drive is bad?
Thank you!!

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#3
December 8, 2009 at 08:07:28
The PC has to support booting from a USB flash/pen/key drive. There may be anywhere from 1-3 items to change in the BIOS to make this possible assuming your BIOS supports it. Some bios's may refer to your flash drive as a USB floppy or USB zip. Of course there are exceptions, perhaps some are covered here.

So as to verify if your computer supports USB booting, go to BIOS and go to boot order...if there is USB listed, you can boot from the USB...

...if the boot disk is OK, then you are most likely experiencing CD-ROM drive problems...the CD-ROM drive may be bad...

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#4
December 8, 2009 at 08:33:26
Thank you for the response. BIOS does list USB floppy and USB key drive as options. So, can I simply transfer my boot flies to any old thumb drive? Do I need to remove all other files from thumb drive 1st, or will computer simply ignore irrelevent files?
Thanks again.

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#5
December 8, 2009 at 08:39:58
it`s best to format the USB before making it bootable...( backup your data...LoL...)

where are the boot files located ?

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#6
December 8, 2009 at 13:24:05
There were some drives that can mostly read a "burned" cd-r but won't be able to boot to a burned cd-r. CD-RW's are worse.

A factory made cd will almost always work.

So it may or may not prove that if it works on another machine then it is good.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#7
December 9, 2009 at 21:39:49
Well, it looks like me CD drive may be bad. I have my laptop original recovery CD and it would not boot either. I then put this CD in another laptop & it started up with the CD just fine.
However, one question. This problem laptop originally had XP on it & it was changed to vista some time ago. Would it still recognize the XP recovery CD? I would expect so, since it attemps to boot before the OS is loaded, but just wanted to be sure.

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