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reinstalling XP on a floppy & cd driveless laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by raven89, Mar 31, 2008.

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  1. raven89

    raven89 Thread Starter

    Mar 30, 2008
    i have a laptop right now that does not have any cd drices or floppy in it and it ignores every external usb drive iv tried to boot from. im trying to reinstall XP on it and so far the only option iv come up with is to stick it in another laptop and install it on the hard drive, however, that does not work obviously. since it installs itself according to the host computers hardware and such and iv gotten a BSoD trying that. does anyone on here have any other ideas short of buying a new semi-expensive multibay drive for an old laptop? thanks!
  2. kfinpgh


    Oct 1, 2005
    If you can get the machine to show a BIOS screen you can set the boot order. The flash drive must be bootable for it to see it as a boot device.

    How old is the unit? If it's more than 5-6 years old, it may not be worth the hassle.

    If it's fairly new, find an external CD drive and plug it in to a USB port. Most of the decent laptops and notebooks have internal CD drives, but the really small ones skimp on that sort of thing. You may still need to set the boot order, but at least you will have a place to load the XP CD.

    If you can't swing a drive meant for a laptop, you might consider getting an external drive case, USB cable and DVD drive. That should come to about $60-$70 US, but you can use it anywhere. I suggest a DVD drive because they are almost as cheap as a CD burner.
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