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How do i Install Xp from an external Drive

By Cyber
Jul 26, 2007
  1. Hi sup guys... i have a big problem... My dell laptop's optical drive just went bad... the good thing is that i still have my warranty.... but the bad news is that when i purchased the laptop it came with windows xp sp2 but later on i installed a fresh copy of Win xp Media Edition.... and when i called dell they told me that i need to go back to my older configuration before they will help me...

    This is what i have i have
    1) my external drive (a drive put in to an external CD/DVD/HD case)
    2) my xp cd's
    3) My poor laptop (basice info)
    Dell Inspiron 6400
    Intel core duo 1.6
    2 GB Ram
    120 GB HD
    Windows xp Media Edition
    4) A broken internal optical drive and a lot of anger towards dell and it customer service ...

    Well i have read reviews on using xp floppy discs but since i dun have a floppy drive i will have to pretend that that solution does not exist.

    So If u guys have any ideas… plz let me know… oh and bty my bios does support USB external devices…. I am saying that because in bios > boot sequence; there is an option of external USB Devices…

    I have tried to boot it from the external drive but it won’t boot…

    Thanks in advance
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    The only thing I was able to do in a similar situation was to buy a replacement optical drive. What you do with it afterwards depends on how you feel about Dell.
    I agree that their treatment of clients is shabby and a disgrace. It is the same here in UK so must be policy!
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