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I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Question: I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Hi,

I disabled the optical drive from Windows System folder because it was faulty and slowing down my computer.

However, now, a virus has stopped from starting Windows.

Since this configuration of Windows on the Hard Drive, can I replace the Hard Drive with a new one so it can:

A. Reset my configuration to allow a Windows Installation disk to boot up from the "newly installed" optical drive,

B. Erase any prior infected files I may have had on the previous Hard Drive.

Thank you,

P.S.

The computer is a Dell Inspirion 2200 Notebook.

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Preferred Solution: I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

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Answer: I cannot boot my install cd from my optical drive? Should I replace my hard drive?

Go into your BIOS and make sure the CD drive is the first boot device
Use the recovery CD that came with your computer and boot to it

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Answer:Z51-70 2nd Hard Drive via SATA Caddy to replace Optical Drive.

Lenovo released a new bios update! Did you try it?

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Answer:Y560 - Replace optical drive with 2nd hard drive?

found this when searching for the same thing..http://newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=253

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Answer:Can't install OS on optical drive-less Portege m200 Tablet, no USB boot

You don't say which operating system you are trying to install but try using the other PC to install the OS and then moving the hard drive back to the tablet to install the drivers and programs. Of course, you will need a bootable operating system cd and you should download your tablet drivers from the Toshiba website.

When you got the "missing boot manager" message, evidently you were trying to boot from that hard drive but that's not what you want to do if you are trying to install Windows, for example. Change the boot order to CD first so it will boot from your OS installation CD.
 

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Answer:Replace System boot Hard drive?

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Answer:replace hard drive Boot agent?

Have you obtained a image boot disk set like winimage 6.6.0 anyway this site I have used and they claim the download will start any computer so try your luck www.AllBootDisk.com they give some instruction and you will need 6 floppys to do this and label them so the order is install correctly on my hp with xp pro sp3 x86 this what I used so try it and your system should be in dos while the install is going and prompts will commence good luck activelid
 

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Thanks in advance.

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Answer:Replace hard drive in HP Laptop without install discs

The chances are that yes, it is that simple.

On my old Dell laptop with Vista, that's how the system had been transferred to an SSD. The difference was that I've used USB not CD boot disk. The imaging with Macruim did not impact licensing of the OS and applications, they are working just fine. Vista is SSD aware and will adjust the boot sector size for the best SSD performance.

The wild card is how HP handles licenses for the new hard drive, be that HDD or SSD? They may do it differently than Dell, but I doubt it...

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Answer:Replace Optical Drive?

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Answer:Replace Optical Drive

the 15t Slim Quad doesnt have an optical drive

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Answer:T500 replace hard drive - Install Windows 7 error

Most likely the 750GB drive is "advanced format" and the T500 recovery disks don't support it.  I would recommend to use cloning software to clone the 320GB onto the 750GB drive.  Below is a great link about how to do that using acronis software.  You could also use the "create a system image" feature of windows built-in backup and restore.  I've done both successfully.
 
http://www.beezmo.com/geezblog/?e=16
 
 

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Is it possible to replace optical drive with 2nd HDD (ssd)? Laptop Model# 15-ay013nr Any help would be great! Drive enclousure sizes, directions, suggestions, etc... Thanks

Answer:Is it possible to replace optical drive on laptop with 2nd H...

See p. 39 of the Manual here: Manual It is very very easy to remove the DVD drive. It is allowed for end users to do and keep the warranty. You need a 9.5 mm thick optical bay hard drive adapter: https://www.jacobsparts.com/items/HDDBAY-02/ Some things you need to know. The interface will be slower. It will not be a bootable device so whatever you put in there is for pure storage. Get a big cheap 5400 rpm SATA hard drive. You can stream video from it but it will not be great for video editing or anything else requiring fast disk access.  But it is possible to do and easy. Let us know if you need more help.  If this is "the Answer" please click "Accept as Solution" to help others find it. 

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Answer:2nd HDD to replace optical drive - B560

before that, your computer may have second space for second hdd. check this first.

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Answer:Replace Z510 optical drive for an SSD

I am not aware of this laptop but how do you put an SSD in an optical drive slot?

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Answer:Replace optical drive with ssd U550

any help will be appreciated please reply

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Answer:Y500 - hard drive failed, now ready to install replacement + new mSATA SSD to be primary boot drive

hi Cool_Man,
 
Welcome to the Forums.
 
You should be able to activate Windows using the Create installation media for Windows 8.1 link as the product key shoud activate both versions of Windows (8 and 8.1).
 
If you're already decided what type of installation you need (either legacy or UEFI installation), you can then pop in the USB installation media and install Windows on the mSATA drive.
 
More info:
Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows
 
Note:
If you get problems activating online, you will need to activate by phone.
 
How to Activate Windows 8 and 8.1 by Phone
 
 
Regards

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Can i replace a optical drive with caddy on G50-80 laptop? will it void warrenty?
Which caddy i need to use 9.5 mm or 12.5mm?
 
 
 
Mod's Edit: System model added to front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.

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Answer:Can I replace my optical drive with a battery on my T430?

No.

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Answer:Aspire TC-710 case; replace Optical drive; add SSD...

Hi,You are welcome,1. I don't think there's any documents available for users, I don't know the reason also, sorry.2.After releasing those 3 tabs on the left side, swing open the front cover and pull it out.3. Thanks.4.I have to admit that I have no idea whether full size DVD drive will fit in, you may have to wait reply from more experienced members.

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Hello there,

the optical drive of my Qosmio G 50 is not working properly anymore, it reads only some movie-DVDs, but sadly no videogameDVDs at all, so I cannot instal any games.
The warranty has already expired too. So I wanted to ask if it is possible to change the drive myself, if it is then how should I do it, and if by doing it would the laptop be in
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I would be very thankful for every tip and every help you guys can give me!!!

Best regards,
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Answer:Qosmio G50-10J: How to replace the Optical Disc Drive (ODD)?

Hi

In different cases the ODD replacement is not very tricky.

If you want you can check this forum category.
Here you can find some videos how to replace the ODD on different notebook models:
http://forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=115

Here is also a nice Youtube channel which provides the instructions how to replace the ODD:
http://www.youtube.com/user/toshibaeuropesupport

But maybe the ODD laser lens is dirty. In my case I could solve similar issue cleaning the laser lens using a cotton-wool tip and alcohol.
But be careful doing this!

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Answer:Dell Latitude C810 Primary hard drive : None Fixed optical drive : Not Installed

Dead CMOS batteries ? ?May be worth trying replacing 1 at least to see...

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Hi,
I would like to replace the optical disk drive (ODD) with a Solid State Drive (SSD) on my Portege R700.
So my first question is : what is the way to remove the ODD?

And my second question is: can I replace it with a HDD Caddy like ICY BOX IB-AC642 or Akasa AK-OS2SSA-BK?
Will the caddy's SATA interface fit with the ODD interface?

Thank you for your answer

Answer:Portege R700 - How to replace the Optical Disc Drive?

Hi

It?s really tricky because the ODD is placed inside and to remove this you have to remove all screws fixing the bottom cover.

I would not do that since you would lose the warranty.
Additionally I doubt you could get the second HDD to work in the ODD bay.
I think this is not supported?
Just the notebook?s like Port?g? M400, M700, M750, Tecra M9, S3 or S4 with an slim select bay support would handle the 2nd HDD instead of ODD.

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hi all.
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thanks for reading!

Answer:How to replace optical disc drive on Tecra R940

I think there is just one or two screws holding it in on the Base cover, it then slides out.

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Hi,
I am trying to replace my optical drive with a HDD Caddy with a Seagate 2TB HDD. When I start my laptop with the drive installed both my bios and os don't recognized it. If I start my laptop and then slide the caddy into the optical bay my os picks it up immediately. If I restart the computer the drive is gone. I have discussed with the caddy manufacturer and they aren't sure what the issue is. I have updated all my drivers and my bios via Dell's website.
Can anyone provide some insight?
Thank you.

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Answer:Hard drive and optical drive only work when IDE cables are disconnected

hi

check that the cables are plugged in the right way round, the red stripe on the cable goes next to the power socket on the device and the board is usually marked pin 1 or has a dot on it.

does it happen when you plug in a single device or only when you plug in both.

are you using seperate cables or are you putting both devices on the same cable.
 

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Answer:sony vaio vgn-nr330E won't boot to any external drive, or internal optical drive

What are the current boot options...as set in your BIOS?

http://www.ehow.com/how_8022156_change-bios-settings-sony-vaio.html

If not listed as the first boot option...it's unlikely that the system would boot from either drive.

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Is it possible to remove the optical drive and replace it with a traveller cover? it's nice to have the optical drive sometimes, but most of the time i don't need it, especially when i'm travelling with my laptop. so is it possible to do so?thanks in advance!

Answer:[E420] Is it possible to remove the optical drive and replace with traveller cover

hey dustinchan,welcome to the forums,yes you can do that. refer to this manual : http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/0a60575_02.pdfon how to remove the optical drive to add on the travel cover





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Hello guyz,
pliz help me with the steps involved in upgrading or replacing an MFM hard drive with IDE-class hard drive
 

Answer:STEPS TO UPGRADE/REPLACE an MFM hard drive with an IDE-class hard drive

Hi kfkaggwa, and welcome to TSG.

Any chance the motherboard has and IDE controller built in? If not, what kind of expansion card options does it have?
 

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I have two identical hard drives connected as master and slave on primary ide channel, and two optical drives on secondary ide. The problem is that the slave hard drive will only run in pio mode, and not udma mode 5 (as the primary does). The upshot of this is that any file transfer to or from my slave drive results in 100% cpu usage, and it's very annoying. As I have an uptodate motherboard do you think that putting a hdd on each ide channel with optical as slave would speed things up?

Answer:Hard drive- optical drive configuration problem

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I have a T400 without optical drive. Want to change hard drive.  What's the easiest way to copy OS and files to the new hd? Thanks.

Answer:How to change hard drive on system without optical drive

Hello, I would suggest to use Acronis True Image. Make a clone of your hdd onto an usb-drive.  Then attach your new hdd into your system (the other way round won´t work!)and play back the image from your external hdd. Please read here for further suggestions.Message Edited by Agotthelf on 21-11-2008 07:31 PM

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Just bought a new z51 last month and I'd like to replace my Disc drive with a hard drive but I'm not sure which Caddy to get. There are several on Amazon for pretty cheap. Anyone successfully do this?  Thanks! Phen

Answer:Lenovo Z51 - Which Hard Drive Caddy would work to replace DVD Drive?

Any updates? Did it work? I got a 'universal' caddy, but it does not get detected on my Z51. Works on my hp though.

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The R51 2887-W1F has a dead HDD.I start the laptop and WinXP Pro sits at the opening screen for 45 minutes.Nothing new installed, infact the Access button just freezes the laptop after a while too. I pulled the HDD out and ran a number of hardware tests, even MemTest86 for 4 hours and the laptop is in good shape.I put the HDD on an 2.5"-to-3.5" IDE adapter and tried to get 3 different PCs to see the HDD but I can't see the HDD and so I can't copy anything over to the PC.Any thoughts on how to do so? Since it appears to be a dead/dying 20GB HDD, I was going to replace it with a 80 GB HDD.I understand that's the biggest this R51 can use/see. I know the R51 had a special partition with some files, and IBM has a TON of special drivers too. So what problems can I expect with an outright replacement of HDD?Do I actually need the special partition & if so how do i install it? Moderator Note; please update your profile with your correct country location as per the forum rules. Products, options and services vary from market to market. Knowing your location helps us help youMessage Edited by andyP on 09-22-2008 06:43 PM

Answer:R51 2887 Hard drive is dead, how to replace the drive and setup.

You should be able to upgrade to any PATA size drive of 9.5 mm thickness that you wish, there is no limit in size. So you can get a 250 gig if you want, any harddrive brand. If you don't have the original recovery cd, then you will have to use off the shelf version of the XP pro cd and activate it using your own s/n on the bottom of the laptop. You can download most of the drivers off the Lenovo.com support site.  

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 Hey all! Just posting to see if anyone has experience with upgrading their Lenovo laptops/notebooks with 2nd hard drives through the use of hard drive caddys? I have been looking through this website which includes many 'how-to's and video guides on the process. There are also plenty on youtube. However I am reluctant to go out on a limb.http://www.newmodeus.com They have entire production lines dedicated to certain brands of laptops and notebooks and this includes Lenovo. However, I couldn't find one for my specific model, G570, but I am able to find them for the G430/G530G560. Link: http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_7&products_id=290 Are the dimensions of these laptops the same as the G570? Other Links I thought might fit the G570 if its possiblehttp://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=46http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2_7&products_id=45

Answer:Swapping out Optical Drive for 2nd Hard Drive, Anyone done it?

it should fit.

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Hi Guys  So I decided to replace my internal Optical Drive with the orginal Hard Drive that came with the laptop, I used a caddy which I bought from eBay and all went well and works well. I have noticed one issue though, with the original Optical Drive there is a little screw which goes through the end of the optical drive and into the main section of the laptop under the keyboard (I hope people know what I mean). Anyway with the replacement caddy it does not have this hole for the screw so I am unable to secure the caddy in place.  What this all means is that I can literally pull the caddy out of laptop while using it as it's not secured, has anyone else performed this replacement and had this issue and know what can be done to secure it (other than blue tack or something). Thanks in advance

Answer:Replaced Optical Drive with Hard Drive

Bump

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My computer has 2 hard drives, a CD Writer & a DVD Rom. I have used the same cable to connect the 2 hard drives to the IDE port 0, one hard drive is set as master & other slave, I have done the same with the CD Writer & DVD Rom to IDE 1. Is this an ideal way to connect the devices.

Answer:Hard Drive & Optical Drive Connections

Perfect.

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So I'm currently trying to install a game, for some reason at the exact same point every time i am getting an error that says: Cyclic Redundancy Check Error. Ive been all over the internet looking for solutions to this problem but none of them are working for my situation. Most people say it is either a problem with the disk or the hard drive itself, but i have gone back to the store where i bought the game and got a new disk so the disk cannot be the problem as it stops at the same place regardless. Also my hard drive cannot be the problem because i have tried installing it to both my computers hard-drive as well as an external drive which leaves me no option but to believe it is a problem with the optical drive. Since i have a laptop i cant dismantle anything to clean / make sure the drive is connected properly. I dont know if there is a solution to this problem short of having to send my computer to a proffessional / back to the manufacturer but if anything i have done is wrong then i would love a suggestion of what i could possibly do to fix this problem. I am also not against revisiting my hard drive being at issue if anyone still thinks it is the problem.

Please Assist,
Cheers,
Jias
 

Answer:Optical Drive / Possible Hard-drive problem

I find it difficult to follow the instructions on that site, i'm kinda new when it comes to using cmd, if you could possibly break it down into a "exactly what i should type" kinda thing that would really be appretiated
 

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I'm on the verge of buying a T430, and I was wondering whether having an SSD as my primary hard drive (on which I would have the operating system only) and then using a 500GB hard drive in place of the optical drive. My reasoning is I want a fast boot time, and also the storage on the SSDs aren't that big, and I do need a lot of space. Are there any performance issues (eg slower) when using the added hard drive?  I was thinking of installing all my programs on there.  I read on a YouTube comment that having the second hard drive creates 'bottlenecking' and slows things down.   













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Answer:T430 and hard drive instead of optical drive

Be sure the SSD height profile is compatible with the 430. I believe they're using a thinner drive not the 9.5mm is standard. Verify before you order a drive if thats the system you're wanting.Momentus drives are 9.5mm from the data sheet of their website.As for slowing down I say not. You can put the swap file etc on the 2nd drive and that would reduce write access to the SSD for temp data. You will need the storage and or target for a backup image so IMO its a must.





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Is there any reason I cannot install a ThinkPad 320GB 7200 RPM SATA drive (43N3411) as the primary internal hard drive on my R60 (9456-57U)? I can't tell from the description whether they are saying it can only go in the little drawer where the DVD writer normally lives. Has anyone done this? Thanks, Charles













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Answer:Can I replace my R60 hard drive with a 320GB 7200RPM drive

yes that will work as the primary  harddrive or in the Hard Drive Bay Adapter II use rescue & recovery to make a backup of your harddrive on dvd then use the dvds to image the new harddrive





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I would like to upgrade the hard drive that came on my Probook 430 G3 to an M.2 drive.  But when I install the M.2 drive the system refuses to boot (even with the old HD in place). Suggestions would be welcome. TIA

Answer:Probook 430 G3 replace hard drive with M.2 drive

Have you put any software on the M.2 drive? When I added an M.2 to my Zbook 15 G3 I removed the HDD while I installed the OS, got it working with the M.2, then put the HDD back in. 

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My Medion PC is fast running out of storage space. I have 2 hard drives installed totaling 300gb but still need more. Can I remove my floppy drive & instal a 2.5" hard drive?Or is a better option to instal a permanently linked external USB2 Drive?

Answer:replace floppy drive with hard drive

You cannot replace a floppy with a HDD floppy disk controller will not run a HDD port on motherboard wrong size model No.?How many IDE ports has the mother board got 1 or 2 ?1 port = 2 drives on one cable usually 2 HDD and 1 DVD rom drive + 1 DRDRW driveare your drives SATA or PATA

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Hi,,, Just bought this hard drive http://www.novatech.co.uk/novatech/specpage.html?wd-80jb&P=1 ,,,,, Took the old hard drive out and put my new in it place,,,, Go to install Xp Pro and all i get is a screen that says Hewlett Packard,,,, expanding possibilities ,,,F2 to enter setup,,,,, As you know F2 is bios,,,,, Got the bios settings to boot CD first ,,,,but when i turn the Pc on i dont get the option to boot from CD so i can install XP. Put the old hard drive in and i get the option to boot from CD,, All good with that but its only 10Gb,,,, Put my new one in and nothing again ,,, Whats going on ,,,,,,, The bios sees the hard drive fine,,, Set the jumpers to cable selet as thats how the old one was setup and i tried jumbers on master,,, All i get is the PC hanging on the screen Hewlett Packard ,,, expanding possibilities ,,,, F2 to enter setup, Running a Pentium 3,,,, Thanks for your time DOJ
 

Answer:new hard drive ,, no boot from Cd to install XP

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Ok, so I have a tricky situation and I hope someone can help me out here.
I have a thin and light laptop that will only boot to the hard drive, there are zero external boot options available.

No cd/dvd, floppy, usb or network boot available.

I have access to the hard drive, and a usb adapter so I can plug it into my main rig and write whatever I need to on it.

What I'm trying to do is to make the disk bootable so I can install XP from a folder on the drive. I have done this before for a libretto to install win2k using the sys command from a 9x box to make it boot to a dos prompt.
Problem is, I do not have a 9x box anymore, I have XP and Vista dual boot on my main system and Win2k Pro on my file server, and I've been unsuccessful so far in trying to figure out how to do this. I've tried this for a few days and I'm about to give up.
I was able to get Win2kPro on it by basically using an image of my libretto drive and reinstalling, but so many of the devices aren't recognized (including any network adapters) that I want to go for xp.

Ideas? Answers? Let me know, thanks!
 

Answer:Boot and install using only hard drive?

soulman76 said:


Ok, so I have a tricky situation and I hope someone can help me out here.
I have a thin and light laptop that will only boot to the hard drive, there are zero external boot options available.

No cd/dvd, floppy, usb or network boot available.

I have access to the hard drive, and a usb adapter so I can plug it into my main rig and write whatever I need to on it.

What I'm trying to do is to make the disk bootable so I can install XP from a folder on the drive. I have done this before for a libretto to install win2k using the sys command from a 9x box to make it boot to a dos prompt.
Problem is, I do not have a 9x box anymore, I have XP and Vista dual boot on my main system and Win2k Pro on my file server, and I've been unsuccessful so far in trying to figure out how to do this. I've tried this for a few days and I'm about to give up.
I was able to get Win2kPro on it by basically using an image of my libretto drive and reinstalling, but so many of the devices aren't recognized (including any network adapters) that I want to go for xp.

Ideas? Answers? Let me know, thanks!

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place the i386 directory (the whole thing) from the XP install CD on the disk in the root (C:\i386) and then go into the i386 directory and run the setup program. The biggest limitation is that you _cannot_ format the disk during the install, else the rest of tthe installer will fail as the install files will be gone. This trick has w... Read more

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I am trying to upgrade my hard drive and clone the old one to it in my X201. I have been told that I need to first replace the old hard drive with the new one, then boot off the old one via USB. I can then clone the old one to the new one. When inside the system, my hard drive boots just fine. However, when I hook up the hard drive externally and boot from it, it gets to the Windows logo then blue screens very quickly and reboots. Your suggestions are much appreciated.

Answer:When internal, hard drive will boot just fine. When USB, hard drive will not boot (blue screen)

I had the same issue when upgraded HDD to SSD in my x220. I think it's Lenovo hidden partittion related behavior (System_DRV in my case). And MBR of course. Just swap the drives and clone the old HDD to the new one.

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Sorry, probably the wrong place but I am trying to run a windows 7 boot from my USB which runs fine, windows files load but when it comes to asking where I want to install windows it tells me windows cannot be installed to my hard drive. I have tried deleting the partition or creating new space but still tells me to make sure disk controller is enabled in BIOS. I have set it to AHCI and ensured it is 1st in boot priority I don't know what else I can do.

Answer:Windows 7 install - hard drive boot

Possibly you are plugged into the Marvell controller or your sata types are set to raid, both of which would need a driver hence the error message
as your motherboard may have Intel and Marvell controller built in. Make sure the hard drive (HDD) is plugged into the sata port labelled SATA0
setting the bios to AHCI should have stopped the raid issue

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If I can boot from a usb flash drive can't I install XP on an external usb hard drive a boot my os from the external drive? Does anyone foresee any issues with this? Thanks.

Answer:Install XP Pro on External USB Hard Drive & Boot

It can't be done. The reason for this is that windows loads its own USB driver, and so it has to take the USB offline while it loads it, and so it will stop when it gets to that point.

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Pretty sure this crops up a lot but I couldn't find any answers on google, and this seems a very useful place.

I wish to have a method to install windows 7 (Or any OS for that matter) from a hard drive that contains just the installation files. I am aware of creating system images, ghosting and that whole scene but it's such a long winded process compared to just burning the CD again (Original is in storage and no I don't want to go get it ).

Pretty certain this can be done with some kind of DOS program that is loaded from the drive: When it is selected as primary boot. However, I have no experience with programming DOS applications, or if this is even possible (Pretty sure it is given DOS boot rom's exist).

Thanks for any tips and info you can provide.

[Edit] Was thinking to use this method but unsure how a hard drive will react: http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-in...working-guide/

Answer:Boot install files from hard drive

For a plain vanilla OS install, this method should work.

Recovery Partition - Create

But you'll need to install all drivers, apps customizations- thats something you dont need to do if you restore from an image. And no, creating an image and restoring from it is very simple. See this macrium tutorial.

Imaging with free Macrium

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
or
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
There's also a Dos window... Read more

Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
OR
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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My T410i hard drive died, I have Windows 7 Home Basic OA key, but how to install on new hard drive? I had to replace the hard drive, I realise from the help pages I should have written down the error messages before replacing... Either way I am unsure how to obtain the Windows 7 Home Basic software to re-install.I have the key, where should I go - the microsoft site says it came pre-installed so I need to contact the supplier - Lenovo, but on the product list T410i is too old and not listed. Thanks in advance for you time.CheersPaul

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Does anyone know if this drive bay would work on the Y580? http://www.amazon.com/Micro-SATA-Cables-Optical-Adapter/dp/B005L94EAM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354201...  I need to find one from a US Seller. 













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Answer:Second Hard Drive bay to replace Blu-Ray Drive

I am not sure if this will work. But i found i three on ebay if you are okayhttp://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=y580+hdd+caddy&_sacat=0&_odkw=y580+hdd&_osacat=0&_from=R40This link also looked interestinghttps://www.pro-battery.com/battery-detail.asp?id=872And This link seemed helpful to mehttp://forum.notebookreview.com/ideapad-essential/683579-y580-installing-ssd-caddy.htmlHope this helps





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Install XP Pro on External USB Hard Drive & Boot

I explored the above topic and found either too technical answers or that it could not be done.
I have Win XP Home
Is there any better solution?


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Answer:How to install Win XP Home on external USB hard drive and boot it

unless your bios supports booting from usb and very few do,you cannot do it
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device.../usb-boot.mspx

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I installed a new HD and cloned my old drive onto it. MS then kept reporting that the windows installation was not genuine, but that is another story on another thread, and is given here only to provide a 'background'.

I have therefore been trying to do a clean re-install windows 7 Home premium upgrade including reformat.
When the installation got to about 21% through, it terminated, and produced the message saying that the installation had been cancelled 'Windows cannot find the required files, they may be wrong or missing. Restart the installation. Error Code 0x0070017'.

Upon restarting it was in the boot process when the message came 'BOOTMGR is missing' Press Ctrl, Alt plus Delete to restart.

Then, whatever I do I am getting the same message. The computer will not boot from the CD ROM drive - not even a start up disk.

Does the HD need reformatting (and how do I do that), or what please?
 

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Hello,

I'll try to make this easy to understand.

Im not sure if its a jumper setting issue or bios issue. I am getting the error message "error loading operating system" and also disk read error (cant be that cuz new hard drive being detected in bios)

I purchased a new western digital hard drive (320g) and attatched appropriate cables to hard drive. I initially left the default setting for the jumper (think is cable select) I also have a cdrw attached to same cable and have set that as "slave" I had this same setting in the past as far as i remember but this time around after upgrading the hard drive its not working. i also changed jumper to master w/ slave on hard drive since a cdrw is attached on same cable as slave. That also did not work.

I then disconnected cdrw altogether and used hard drive as master and this time around the windows setup continued whereas it gave me the black screen after rebooting saying "error loading operating system".

Any help? I did a search online but nothing really seems to match my issue here. Im sure its jumper but hoping someone with a bit more expertise can help me.

Thanks in advance

Answer:New Hard Drive Install And Clean Boot Of Windows

Hi .

First thing I'd check: Is the new hard drive properly recognized in the BIOS? The right settings are reflected?

Second: Is the boot order correct?

I guess I cannot tell if you reinstalled XP or whether you have a possibly corrupted version which you are trying to use. I would delete that partition and try a complete one-step install of XP.

I've been using Cable Select for jumpers for years now...on everything except a USB 2.0 external drive enclosure that wanted the jumper set to Slave. As long as all devices on the cable use that C/S setting, it should be good.

Louis

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Hi,

I am trying to see if i can fix my old 604 archos by putting the HD in an old laptop and running a boot disk and installing the firmware on it. Could someone tell me how i would go about making a boot disk for DOS (if thats what i need to do what i want to do) and the commands for installing files from the disk to the HD? Thanks

I also want to format the drive before i install the firmware.

Answer:I want to boot dos from a disk and install firmware on a hard drive.

Hey, follow this link and steps and that should help you make your first DOS 6.22 boot disk.
How to create a floppy boot disk in Windows

For your other question once you get hooked up and working properly, depenind on the size and partition of the hdd.
If it's more than 15gbs give it a NTFS format.

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I need to get XP working on my computer.

My cd-drive will only read dvd's, and it will not read cds. Is there any way I can still install it.

I have an external hard drive available, but it does not register it when I start computer ( while there were no OS's installed, computer was empty ). So could I install Vista with the dvd, and then create a partition, and install XP from there, considering all the files from the cd are there.

I have a Dell Inspiron 8500

Any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Solved: Can you boot from an external hard drive and install an OS..

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I installed a new HD and cloned my old drive onto it. MS then kept reporting that the windows installation was not genuine, but that is another story on another thread, and is given here only to provide a 'background'.

I have therefore been trying to do a clean re-install windows 7 Home premium upgrade including reformat.
When the installation got to about 21% through, it terminated, and produced the message saying that the installation had been cancelled 'Windows cannot find the required files, they may be wrong or missing. Restart the installation. Error Code 0x0070017'.

Upon restarting it was in the boot process when the message came 'BOOTMGR is missing' Press Ctrl, Alt plus Delete to restart.

Then, whatever I do I am getting the same message. The computer will not boot from the CD ROM drive - not even a start up disk.

Does the HD need reformatting (and how do I do that), or what please?

Answer:Windows re-install gone wrong; can't boot from Hard drive - Help

Where did you get Win7? If you burned it yourself, confirm the ISO exact size and integrity or download another, burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed.

Then make sure you have set DVD drive to boot first this way: How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

Next try booting using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first screen.

If these fail boot free Partition Wizard bootable CD which will autostart on its own, highlight HD by clicking on it, then from Disk tab Wipe HD.

This will in turn cause the installer to autostart. Be sure to confirm it's integrity first or it may fail again.

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New Hard DRIVE INSTALLED - how do I install the Windows Operating system. It will not boot-up.

Answer:New Hard DRIVE INSTALLED - how do I install the Windows. It will not boot

The system is missing a driver or boot manager. I lost the original windows version that came with the system and I had to replace the hard drive which crashed. How would I load the MS 7 that I purchased

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Topic pretty much says it. Recently built a new computer, was planning to just throw an optical drive from another pc into it to install the OS then switch it back, but it turns out it's not compatible with my mobo.

I have an external hdd, and I was wondering if there's a way to perhaps transfer the files to it from the cd, then to install windows xp from it? Searching only turned up threads about running an os from an external hdd, which isn't quite what I'm wanting to do. Is this possible?

Thanks in advance


edit: i do also have an external floppy drive

Answer:Install XP w/out optical drive?

Take a peek at this:
Roderick van Domburg’s Cache Installing Windows XP from USB

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I have a customer's Satellite L305D S5895 laptop. This was shipped to me by the customer who tried to install Windows XP Pro, Vista and none would install. He said he tried all installation CDs he had and finally gave up on it and shipped it to me.

When I got it the partition were deleted so I tried to install Win 7 and when I do doing a custom install I get an error saying the hard drive can't be formatted on disk 0 or it will give an error that no hard drives were found.

I reset the bios to default and no matter what I do it won't format or find the harddrive. I was going to upgrade the bios but the only way I found to upgrade the bios is after windows is installed. There is no way to make changes to the bios for settings that would have to do with the hard drive. This has a Toshiba MK2546GSX (S1) hard drive.

When installing Win 7 I get the normal windows, "windows is starting", "Select Language", "Select System", "Type of install", "Custom Install", "Delete partitions", "New Partitions", "Format", then the error message "Windows cannot format a partition on disk 0. Error: 0x80070057"

This happens regardless what system I try to install. I've tried two different versions of XP, one of Vista and 3 Win 7 and each time a different install CD.

System Specs
AMD Turion (TM) 64 x 2 Mobile CPU
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Answer:Solved: win 7 can't find hard drive or can't format hard drive on clean install

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I have an Edge 14. Intel i3 M370 model.  I ordered a OBHC and installed a 160 Gb SATA drive, loaded with WIN 7.  In the main drive bay I have an Ubuntu OS setup.Trying to set up a dual boot configuration.  But, when I boot the drive and enter the BIOS set up, the drive in the caddy doesn't show.  If I let it boot from the main drive, Ubuntu starts up. If I put the Ubuntu drive in the caddy and nothing in the main bay, "NO OPERATING SYSTEM." When I look at the computer in Ubuntu, the OS7 drive is there.  All three partitions (Lenovo, OS and startup).  I can mount them, etc.  When I use Disk Utility in Ubuntu, the drive shows up listed under the SATA controller and is located at position 2 of the SATA bus.   I updated the BIOS and it is now 1.26. Still no sign of the HDD in the caddy.  Very odd.  When I power up the computer, the LED in the caddy does light up. When I run sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, the WIN 7 loader shows up in the list.  So a bootable OS is seen.  But if I select WIN 7 loader in the GRUB list at boot, I get a "no such drive" message, and am lead back the the GRUB list. In the BIOS, the config menu, the startup list only includes HDD0.   Is there some secret BIOS trick I need to play?  Correct me if I'm wrong, but there aren't any jumper settings, etc. on a SATA drive, right?  Nothing there to change. Any suggestions would be very much appreci... Read more

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Hello,I have this problem.. In both properties of the "C" and "S" drives are listed: Hp DvDRamGT80N Sata CdRom ( Optical)ST750LMO22HN-M750MBB Sata Disk My Dvd/Cd player is not working due to this conflict. I wish I could post a picture to explain better.  

Answer:Optical player and Hard drive ....

A picture might be helpful as the "conflict" is not clear.  While making a reply post, notice there is a place to insert a picture in the line of icons along the top of the post box.  In that line of icons, notice the symbol next to the paper clip.  Click on that symbol and direct the posting software to the location of the picture you took that will help show the problem.As long as the picture is located somewhere on the PC making the post.

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i`m building my first pc and i havent seen any revues of cd/dvd combo drives anyone got any suggestions for a decent/fast one.also any hard drive opinions

Answer:which optical drive / hard disc

Western Digital hard-disks are the most reliable. Seagate is a close second. Performance of both is excellent. Maxtor is not bad peformance-wise. Avoid IBM-Hitachi.I've no experience of combo optical drives.

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Does anyopne know if it's possible to buy an adaptor to fit a 3.5" hard drive into an optical drive bay in my PC tower case?I want to add a shiny new 1TB drive to fill up with video but the two hard drive bays are already occupied. I'd rather not take one of them out and I'd prefer the new drive be mounted internally, rather than attached via USB. I'm not after a removable caddy or anything like that, just something that will allow me to securely fit the drive.There's no problem with having enough SATA sockets in the motherboard or power connectors, it's just the mounting problem. Any thoughts?PaulC

Answer:Hard drive in optical disk bay

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So I killed my hard drive and I need to replace it. You don't need to ask about the dead hard drive. It really is dead. Trust me on this one.  I'm ready to install a new hard drive, but I don't have a windows boot disc.  Can I get one through Lenovo since I had Win 7 on my Y580? Any advice? Thanks in advance, people.

Answer:How do I get a Windows 7 boot disc so that I can install a new hard drive in my Y580?

You can go here to" Download windows 7 ISO images for free from Microsoft"
 
 
You have to look closely at the file and be sure to pick the exact ISO to burn after you download it.
 
Read the instructions at the beginning of the article first.
 
Moderator Note; link to 3rd party non-official MS site removed
 

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Hey Gang,

Can anybody point me to the instructions about how to install XP Pro to a single Win98 hard drive - to make it dual boot, like Win 2k?

I've been looking all around the internet and the only thing I've found is an XP dual boot on a 2nd hard drive.

Does XP have that capability?

Thanks,
HULK
 

Answer:How Do I install a Dual Boot XP to a Single Win98 Hard Drive

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Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)
2.20 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
WDC WD1200BB-00FTA0 [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WMAET2099978, rev 15.05R15, SMART Status: Healthy


Hard drive #1:
Just a few weeks ago my hard drive started clicking and suddenly my system froze. The drive wasn't dropped, bumped, or anything like that. It was fairly new as well. I was having some issues accessing my files AND I couldn't access the internet through any browsers. I was connected, could play internet-using games, but got no reply from websites. I decided to reformat. Well, that didn't go so well. Reformatting did not fix the freezing issue nor did it fix the internet issue. I attempted to reformat the partition on C but it simply wouldn't let me.

Hard drive #2:
I pulled out a newish hard drive and formatted it, installed my applications and continued on my way. Everything was working great, until a day later when the hard drive AGAIN froze in the middle of a session and this time I couldn't even boot. I was getting a boot error that mentioned not receiving a boot file name. I went into the windows repair console and did a chkdsk which turned up a few errors (and attempted to recover them I assume). I could now boot, but random freezing would still take place now and then and EVERY DAY I have to access the repair console due to boot errors. Almost every other attempt to boot resul... Read more

Answer:Multiple hard drive boot errors, hard drive clicking, and freezing

Try installing another operating system onto the disk and seeing if that crashes as well. If it doesn't you probably have a bad Windows cd. I suggest trying Kubuntu, a version of Linux meant to look somewhat like Windows (You can click here to skip directly to the download page). Just remember to actually install the thing. Most Linux operating systems can be ran directly from the cd without any need to be installed onto a hard disk. There's usually a program on the desktop that will install the system for you. If it runs properly for a week or two, get a new Windows disk. If it crashes just as much as Windows did, get a new computer.

Also, how much RAM does your computer have? If it's very low (256-512 megs or less) it can sometimes cause these kinds of crashes too.

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I have two laptops, a ThinkPad T30 and a Latitude C840 (they are both working with XP SP2, except the T30 doesn't have a screen). I'd like to move the T30's drive into the C840, but when I do this, the C840 will hang right after the BIOS screen (incl. the XP CD's Press a key to boot off the CD if I tell it to boot from the disc drive first).

My first thought was to try Recovery Console from the XP CD. I can log into the install, and I've already tried fixmbring and fixbooting it. This doesn't help.

This leaves the option of the drivers not being right. I installed the C840 chipset drivers, nothing.

I'd really rather not go on a wild goose chase trying to figure out what'll get things up and running, so can you guys gimme a suggestion?

Thanks!
Ethan
 

Answer:Moved hard drive and cannot boot; hard drive accessable from Recovery Console

You can't simple move one drive from one machine to another because the drivers are specific to the hardware. Did you receive recovery CDs for the Latitude? If so, you could use them to "restore" it to its factory default with the new drive. This may actually be on a partition of the hard drive.
As an alternative, you could create an image of the original drive and restore it to the new one using some freeware such as DriveImage XML. To restore the image to the new drive, you'll need to boot to a bootable CD using something like UBCD4WIN and restore the image from somewhere on your network.
 

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I am trying to install the vista 64 bit upon my vista home premium system but the problem that i am having is that i cannot boot from my optical drive in order to install.i have 2 hard drives and 2 optical drives.i tried going into the bios and placing the optical drive with the windows cd as the first bootable device followed by the harddrives.I tried moving around the jumper connection at the back of the optical drive with the windows  cd but i am really getting a hard time as exactly where to move it.Sometimes i get the error message "could not find boot manager", please help

Answer:cannot boot from optical drive

When you see "cannot find boot manager" you are booting to the hd, not the cd. Just put the cd at the top of the boot order in bios, SAVE THE CHANGE and exit bios, insert a BOOTABLE cd in the drive and reboot.

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Hi guys, I would really appreciate help with this, because I'm getting very frustrated. I installed windows 7 ultimate onto drive B using drive A. So now, my system will not boot up if i remove drive A. I assume that the problem has to do with a missing boot file on drive B. I am able to run windows 7 from either drive and access all of the files from either drive. Please tell me how to make my drive able to boot on its own. I cannot use an optical drive, because i dont have one, and I have tried to use the windows repair iso from a USB drive but I wasnt successful.

CPU: i5 2500k
Motherboard: MSI PH61A-P35

Answer:Need Help: Fix Boot w/o Optical Drive

What do you mean by A: & B: Drives.
A: & B: are Floppy Drives.

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Hello.

Background to my problem.

I have an aging laptop which I am hoping to sell. However before selling it I first had to securely erase the hard drives contents. To do this I used the DBAN (Dariks Boot And Nuke) software from a CD. On the next reboot I got the expected "MBR is invalid " error. The XP SP2 disc goes into the optical drive along with a reboot, the message "Checking CD-ROM" appears for a while then the system jumps to booting the HDD. When checking the optical drive for media I hear the disc spin up (sometimes) along with a jammed motor grinding type noise, as though the part that moves the laser back and forth is jammed. Although when inspecting the drive closely (without dismantling it) I can see nothing unusual.

After retrying for an hour I find the furthest I get is the "Checking your computers hardware configuration" then an involuntary restart.`

I tried:
Cleaning the CD.
Blowing any dust of laser.

Although the BIOS understands this optical drive (correct name under CD-ROM) the drive is still notorious for refusing to boot CD's. So I swap out the optical drive for a spare (from an even older laptop) which I know worked last time I tried to use it to boot a CD. Things get worse, the BIOS doesn't understand this new drive and the XP setup rarely launches and never gets past "Checking your computers hardware configuration".

Now I have reverted back to the original optical drive although the BIOS now doe... Read more

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I'm trying to install xp on an older laptop.. Dell

It has these hot swappable bays for the battery / floppy / optical drive.. Well guess which one is missing..

Has anyone installed xp without the network, usb thumb drive, or optical drive ?
Thank you everyone.. All is working now !

Here is a photo for the new comers to this thread.
 

Answer:Install XP with no Optical Drive = Fail

So you have NO network, usb ports, firewire ports or optical drive? Nothing? Why bother? This machine is useless.
 

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Hi all,

I'm sure this question has been asked multiple times, but it seems this forum is active, so hopefully someone can help me!

I just ordered Windows 10 off newegg.com for a custom gaming PC i'm building. I'm not sure if its coming as a CD or USB, probably a CD?

Regardless, I am thinking about purchasing a computer case that omits the optical drive.

So I was wondering what I would have to do to install Windows 10 if it comes in a CD.

I was reading I would have to have access to another desktop so I can download this tool from microsoft? Then I would put the USB and put the files on there?
Can someone just clarify the steps/process for me once I receive the Windows 10 disc.

Thanks!

Answer:How To Install Windows 10 To PC with No Optical Drive??!

If your buying a legit copy of windows the license keys is the important part . You can go to Microsoft website below and grab a copy of windows 10 unto a usb drive or iso disc . Just make sure it's the same version which you bought . Afterwards use the usb option and install windows like that ... MS site below

Windows 10

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Hi all,

I'm sure this question has been asked multiple times, but it seems this forum is active, so hopefully someone can help me!

I just ordered Windows 10 off newegg.com for a custom gaming PC i'm building. I'm not sure if its coming as a CD or USB, probably a CD?

Regardless, I am thinking about purchasing a computer case that omits the optical drive.

So I was wondering what I would have to do to install Windows 10 if it comes in a CD.

I was reading I would have to have access to another desktop so I can download this tool from microsoft? Then I would put the USB and put the files on there?
Can someone just clarify the steps/process for me once I receive the Windows 10 disc.

Thanks!

Answer:How To Install Windows 10 To PC with No Optical Drive??!

If your buying a legit copy of windows the license keys is the important part . You can go to Microsoft website below and grab a copy of windows 10 unto a usb drive or iso disc . Just make sure it's the same version which you bought . Afterwards use the usb option and install windows like that ... MS site below

Windows 10

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I want to install a optical drive in my Z50/70. I am very capable of doing this as I replace motherboards and anything else needed in laptops on a regular basis.I need to know id the optical drive connector and the outside plastic bezel from a G50 or a G50/70 would be the parts that I need. 










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Answer:Parts to install optical drive in Z50/70

Does it need to be "in"?  The simplest and cheapest solution is a USB drive.  You can get them for under $20.  I use one all the time and I have found that some USB ports put out enough power and some do not.  I used one before with a "Y" cable that used two ports to share the power load but I found that some laptops only have one port on each side so I bought a powered hub for under $10.  USB2 is fast enough for the data transfer drom an optical drive.

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how do I install NORTON internet security on MY PC WHICH DOES NOT HAVE AN OPTICAL DRIVE. I HAVE URCHASED THE INTERNET SECURITY FOR 3 PCs one of which does not have an optical drive

Answer:how to install program from CD on PC with no optical drive

You can download the file to your pc from Nortons website and then use the key you recieved to activate the product. http://symantec-norton.com/default....

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Hi,

My friends laptop has gone kaput and I need to reinstall Windows XP on it. Problem is the laptop has no Optical Drive. The situation I'm presented with is as follows.
The HDD in the laptop has been formatted
I have an original Windows XP disc
I can remove the HDD and connect it to my desktop via USB as I have an adapter
The desktop im running has Windows 7 x64 but it won't allow me to install Windows XP on said HDD

I'm at my wits end with this and as far as I can tell its not possible as I've googled the topic to death.

Is there any other way I can get Windows installed on this HDD?

Thanks in advance,
Lee.

Answer:Install Windows XP without Optical Drive ?

Can you get your hands on a external cd drive?

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O/S System Windows XP Home

When I tried to replace the existing CD_RW with a newer DVD_RW Optical Drive the Hardware manager appeared with the following message.

Welcome to the Found New Hardware Wizard and showed the new drive correctly as NEC DVD_RW ND_4550A.

It then proceeded to load the Software wizard but was unable to locate this and came up with the following message.

Cannot Install the Hardware
The hardware was not installed because the Wizard cannot find the necessary software.

I visited the manufacturers site and they informed me that there isn't any special software and that the drivers on Windows should work without any problems. I must mention that the original drive was not faulty but we wanted to replace it with a DVD type. I also reinstalled the original drive and that works fine finding the original software straight away.

With the DVD refited I went through the process again with the same results and found that if I just cancelled the messages that the DVD would read any disk with no problem.

I looked in the Device Manager and this informed me that the drive was showing correctly and that it was working. I also looked at the driver files and these were the same files as appear for the original drive and are, cdrom.sys, imap.sys, redbook.sys.

I also checked in the registry for any Lowerfilters or Upperfilters under the subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
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Answer:Cannot Install Replacement Optical Drive

Have you tried finding updated driver files from the manufacturer website? Perhaps instead of relying on Windows' built in stuff, a newly installed version might force it to shut its mouth. I'm not exactly sure what else you can do.
 

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I have an Acer T135 pc. It has a dvd writer/rewriter. I decided to add my plextor cdr/rw as an extra optical drive for convenience sake from my old pc which i am trashing. All is well but I have not connected it correctly because under device manage my dvd does not show anymore only the plextor cdr/rw. How do I connect the cables? Also should the dvd remain as master and should I make the plextor, slave?Thanks Heidi

Answer:install extra optical drive

Adding an Extra Drive to an Older PCOne Cable - Two Drives/ Defining the Master and Slave RelationshipUnfortunately, this process often requires a bit more technology than merely plugging in. Older PCs use parallel ATA technology - 2 drives share one cable (known as a channel, and most PCs come with at least two IDE channels for a maximum of 4 drives. Setting a jumper designates each drive as either a master or a slave, which permits a single cable to connect two drives to one IDE channel. The jumper settings for each designation are usually labeled on the drive itself. A few simple rules should guide your configuration choices. If possible, each drive should sit on its own IDE channel configured as a master drive. If you have two drives on one channel always make the faster drive the master drive. For example, suppose that you wanted to add a second hard drive and a DVD burner to a PC equipped with one hard drive and one CD-RW drive. IN that case, you would want to set the new ,f aster hard drive as master on the primary IDE channel. Your older hard drive should be the slave drive on the primary channel, with the two optical drives as master and slave on the secondary channel.

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Can someone assist please?The hard drive went in my x100e however I've received a replacement under warranty.I now need to install windows 7 onto it using supplied recovery media (DVD).I have an external optical drive however the x100e doesn't recognise it at boot (BIOS is setup correctly and the optical drive works otherwise)..I therefore need some other way to install windows 7 onto my new drive. Any suggestions please? My other PC only has XP on it so I can't go the diskpart route (that only works with Vista or 7).I have an external USB drive - however that contains backups of all my data on it so I can't use that.I have a 4Gb USB pendrive however can't find any way to make that bootable with Windows 7 recovery on it. Help! Thanks,Jeddy 

Answer:Install Windows 7 without optical drive

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Making-a-usb-stick-with-the-Lenovo-recovery-pa...

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Dell inspiron 2 years old. My daughters Computer ran fine before this. Will not boot in safe mode. or last known good configuration. Ran Dell diagnostic, HD short test failed. Tried booting F12 CD/DVD from Vista CD, optical drive makes noise but screen returns to failed boot. Tried other boot disc same thing, noise like its being read, but nothing on screen. Optical drive worked fine before this episode.
 

Answer:Dell will not boot into Windows, optical drive makes noise will not boot from CD

Are you saying you believe the optical drive and hard disk have failed, or you think the optical drive has failed?
 

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Hi guys, i wonder if you can offer any ideas here. I have a brand new T420s which came with an optical slot place holder piece of plastic. I removed this and popped in a 'Lenovo DVD Multi IV DVD Multi Recorder CD-RW' P/N 45N7453. It clicked into place fine, but the power light on it does not come on and the eject button does not work.This same drive works fine in 2 other T420s laptops my colleagues have, so the drive is ok. I tried disabling the optical drive in the bios, rebooting, re-enabling, rebooting but nothing. Is there anything else i can try or would you say its a board issue and i'm stuck with it ?

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