How to install windows vista from a harddrive

Dell / Optiplex gx270...
December 19, 2010 at 07:57:59
Specs: Windows XP, 2.793 GHz / 1022 MB
My DVD Drive broke & when I first got windows vista I always make a backup of an .iso of the DVD. Well, now I'm having problems w/ my system & need to do a reinstall. However, now my DVD drive is broke so is there anyway that I can prepare & install a second harddrive with windows vista install cd on it & boot directly to the harddrive & install it from that harddrive as if I was installing it from the DVD?? I would truly apreciate any help if this can be done & how I could do it not really finding anything helpful on google. Getting desperate guys so I figured there has to be someone smart as hell on here that would know so that's where I'm at & why I'm asking for help!! I would be very grateful if some1 could help me with this as soon as possible!! Thank-You!

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#1
December 19, 2010 at 08:16:25
Dells usually have a hidden partition. Find out what the f key is and then access the hidden partition and restore your PC back to the origional settings.

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#2
December 19, 2010 at 10:38:51
Thank you for responding, but my Windows XP actually came intsalled on my computer. So, for the time being I did just reintsall xp back onto it. However, I want vista installed which I cannot do b/c my dvd-rom drive is broke I have the .iso backup of windows vista install cd AND I have 2 harddrives so my question was am I able to turn that harddrive into a bootable vista install & just install it from the second harddrive onto the main one? Thank you for your help!!

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#3
December 19, 2010 at 10:46:03
http://www.vlite.net/about.html

edit/... the above link on its own just would'nt suffice

... sorry I just got so engrossed looking @ this info I've looked into mounting "iso's" before but never came across this method which I hav'nt had time to test
(will do soon)

"...this method should work for any bootable ISO..."

whoops!: "...This method will not work properly with devices other than flashdrives unless special steps are done to create a bootable partition on the device..."

"...where there's a will there's a way!!

... also the USB method .../edit..."

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#4
December 19, 2010 at 13:58:30
What about an external CD drive... they're not expensive and you will save yourself a great deal of trouble. You effectively want to turn a second HDD into an install disc and I very much doubt that can be done!

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#5
December 20, 2010 at 10:19:23
... I ca'nt test #3 method @ momment my spare hard drive is "knackered"

... and I'm not fully conversant with virtual box boot with grub on the good drive.

... maybe some one can test(?)


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