Installing XP from External HDD

March 30, 2009 at 12:47:13
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium M725
Hi, I am currently in Not so good situation. My 3 years old Dell Inspiron Crashed finally. It's DVD Writer stopped working before a long time.

While buying the Laptop, DELL dumped all the Factory settings including XP Media Center and Drivers in a Hidden drive. I used to reinstall XP running Dells restore utility.

But this time, while restoring, it's giving me error message saying " Can not run Restore Utility. Master Boot Record corrupted".

And I am not even getting the DOS prompt.

I have a Bootable Xp CD. But my DVD drive is down. So I can copy that bootable CD on a USB Pen Drive or on a external HDD using another laptop's DVD drive.

My question is, Is it possible to format and reinstall XP from a Pen Drive or from an External HDD?

If yes.. then How?

Please guide me.

Thanks in advance.

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March 30, 2009 at 13:15:01
The files you need are in the i386 directory.

Boot on a DOS floppy or CD with USB support. Then, if your ext drive is u:


If at first you don't succeed, you're about average.


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