Installation from a USB DVD-drive

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nmithani1

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Can I install/repair XP Pro SP2 from an external USB 2.0 DVD-burner drive? I tried it in the past but the installation did not proceed beyond the installing hardware devices phase but then I'm not sure whether that was due to a USB hub or this device?
 

JohnWill

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Well, you most certainly don't want a USB hub in the mix, I'd at least try with the drive directly connected to the USB controller.
 

nmithani1

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Oh, that's what I have presently, the external DVD drive plugged into its own USB socket in the PC.
 

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The success or failure is probably based on the BIOS support of USB mass storage devices. If you got into the installation as far as you did, I'd think it might be something different.

Can you connect an optical drive directly to the machine?
 

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At the moment, my internal CDRW drive has died (a firmware update that went horribly wrong) so I'm afraid this external drive is all I've got. At the boot screen the device does show up and can be used.
 

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Inside the shell of that external drive beats the heart of a bog-standard DVD drive. You can remove it and install it internally. :)
 
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