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Can you boot your Win7 cd-rom with external?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by panteera, Nov 4, 2011.

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  1. panteera

    panteera Thread Starter

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    Hi guys, first time posting here, it seems like you have a great and helping community going on here!

    Unfortunately, I didn't find any posts answering my silly question:
    Can you boot your computer with an external usb dvd-rom drive (having the win7 dvd in it)?

    Apparently I have a very outdated dvd-rom, so it couldn't connect with my newly bought motherboard (Intel Desktop Board DP67DE Sandy Bridge) in which I don't really have any idea how to format my partitions and reinstall my OS. Repairing doesn't work, system restore is denied aswell, and command prompt... Well let's just say it's like a foreign language to me.

    I just wanted to clear this question up, whether it's ACTUALLY possible, because it just goes stuck during the boot-up screen where it shows the motherboard's manufacturer. I can get into BIOS without having my usb external attached, but with it... Can't get nowhere. I've seen similar issues with other OS's and different external usb hard drives, but this is like a dvd-rom external, where you can put a DVD into it.

    Right, enough talk :p Any ideas fellas, how to handle this? :S
     
  2. Triple6

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    As long as the motherboard supports booting from a USB drive, which all new systems do, then yes you can boot any CD or DVD from it. You may just have a compatibility between that drive and the motherboard if its locks up the computer when its plugged in. New SATA DVD-RW drives are dirt cheap though, I;d just buy a new one.
     
  3. panteera

    panteera Thread Starter

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    Yeah, i've been thinking about it, and I guess the easiest way is to just buy a cheap dvd-rom, but I just wondered why it didn't work, it's still a dvd-rom, just an external one.
    Oh well, some things will stay a mystery for us noobs, thanks though.
     
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