System restore disk via external cd/dvd burner (cardbus2 / usb2)?

By B00kWyrm
Apr 6, 2009
  1. With an older (2001) Toshiba Satellite 1805-s203
    bios updated to 2.2
    cardbus slots are type 1,2 or 3, (16 or 32bit)

    1) Is it possible to create a system restore disk
    by using an external burner?

    2) Could this chipset and bios handle upgrading the hardware...
    (System came with a dvd reader, Teac DV28e-a)


    See Additional information
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    Widows XP, Service Pack 2 or 3 should have all the important drivers, and the programs and utilities can be found free on the Internet. Only personal pictures and documents need to be backed up... So a restore disc is not necessary at all
  3. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,436   +37

    Additional information

    Additional information
    Should have stated...
    This laptop system is running WIn2k.
    It came with ME, but I preferred 2k and stayed with it.
    I doubt it could support an XP install...
    800 mhz Celeron, and 512meg ram (max!).

    I wish to make a system restore disk for a couple of reasons...
    First, and foremost - hardware does fail,
    making it sometimes necessary to repair,
    and a restore disk will have all the drivers currently installed,
    and all the patches including the sp4 package
    making reinstallation a whole lot easier. and less time consuming
    than trying to rebuild from scratch.

    So, thanks Tmagic, but you didn't really address the question.

    I guess I will just get a USB2 pcmcia card and try.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    You could try using a USB external writer through a PCMCIA adapter if the computer recognizes it... Is Windows 2000 Pro even supported any longer? Isn't it up to Service Pack 4?
  5. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,436   +37

    starting a new thread...

    USB DVD/RW not recognised correctly win2k
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