System Reboot from External CD-ROM Drive

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Chrs Howes

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Hi,

I would like to reformat my girlfriend's laptop to return it to original factory setting as it has been very sluggish and unpredictable recently. However, the internal CD-ROM drive is broken, so she has an external USB CD-ROM drive which is installed and working correctly. Is it possible to reformat the laptop using the system restore CD via the external CD-ROM drive? I would have assumed that performing the system restore would erase the drivers for the external CD-ROM drive - is this the case? Is there a way to work around this?

Many thanks for any responses.

Cheers
 

JohnWill

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There are no drivers required for optical storage devices for Windows, so drivers aren't an issue.

You have to boot from the restore CD, and I'm guessing you can't boot from the external drive, right? You do realize that you may be able to pick up another internal CD for not a lot of money, right? Have you removed and reseated the internal drive?
 

Chrs Howes

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Hi JohnWill, thanks for replying.

I have not yet attempted to reboot from the external CD drive due to my concerns over drivers. And have never opened a laptop so am cautious, but have opened PCs many times so will give it a go. Hopefully it is just a loose connection.

I have heard that maybe I should amend the BIOS settings and change the device boot order, so that the external drive is my primary device when rebooting from an external CD drive. Is this the case?

Thanks again
 

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Trying to boot from an optical drive (internal or external) doesn't affect the system, the operating system, or any data. The problem here isn't with drivers. It's whether or not the laptop supports booting from USB drives. Some do, some don't. Finding out takes only a minute. Change the boot order, pop in a boot CD, and restart. Then you'll know.
 

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Also, you don't normally have to take a laptop apart to remove the optical drive. Both of mine have one screw that you remove and the drive slides out. Very easy... :)
 

Chrs Howes

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Great, cheers guys, I will put your advise into practice this weekend and see how I get on.

Thanks
 
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