Recovering XP With No Cdrom

By techtronex ยท 7 replies
Mar 7, 2008
  1. Ok Im hoping that someone will be able to help me with this:

    I have a Toshiba Satellite 1905. The problem started with some viruses on the laptop I downloaded and installed AVG and ran it. During the scan the computer shutdown and will get to the Windows Screen and restart.

    My cdrom drive does not have the little black piece in the center to keep the cd in place so I cant put the 3 recovery cds in the drive and recover the computer.

    I found a tutorial online for installing windows xp on a laptop drive using a desktop computer, but that wont help because I only have the recovery cds. Im not sure if my external cdrom will work, but I am pretty sure it wont. What do I do?
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    What about a bootable thumb drive?
  3. techtronex

    techtronex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I havent tried it, but this is a fairly old computer and I am pretty sure that it will not boot to usb.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    You could try using a external USB CD ROM... but you might have the same problem as the thumb drive
  5. techtronex

    techtronex TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah thats what I thought. Its has a floppy drive though is there a way to boot from that (I know there probably is)?
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,333   +101

    :p This is seriously just a shot in the dark, so forgive my ignorance. Is there an adapter that will allow you to connect the USB drive as whatever interface your internal CD-ROM uses?
  7. mscrx

    mscrx TS Rookie Posts: 310

    I think your best option is to disassemble the laptop and replace the whole drive.
  8. burbuletapimba

    burbuletapimba TS Rookie

    Dont assum just give it a try

    Good luck
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