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Dell Vostro 1500 booting from an external drive

by chandy4194 / September 13, 2010 7:13 AM PDT

____________________________THE ISSUE_________________________________

The internal DVD drive of my laptop is broken. It is detected but doesn't work. I would like to reinstall my OS (Windows XP pro) using the Samsung external usb DVD drive that I have. How am I to boot from an external usb dvd drive ? Is there any software that can make my bios detect my external drive ?


__________________________WHAT I TRIED______________________________

I changed my boot sequence and listed the usb storage devices in the top. However, when I pressed F12 to boot from the external usb drive it didn't list the drive.

Then I tried disabling all the devices except the USB storage devices in the boot sequence and it generated an error saying the device couldn't be found.

______________________LINK TO MY MANUAL_____________________________

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/vos1500/en/om_en/pdf/TT9792MR.pdf

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Looks grim.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 14, 2010 12:11 AM PDT

If this was at the shop I'd try our USB DVD drive and re-test that XP CD to see if it was actually bootable. The cheap fix is to replace the drive. CDROM drives for laptops are found for 5 bucks and DVDRW drives cost about the same as external drives.
Bob

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Coupla doubts more
by chandy4194 / September 14, 2010 12:50 AM PDT
In reply to: Looks grim.

Dear R.Proffitt,

First of all, thanks for replying to my query and your suggestions. I had a few more doubts. I would be grateful if you would help me out with it.

Doesn't the presence of "USB storage devices" in the boot sequence (in the bios setup) mean that I can perform a one-time boot from a storage device such as a pen drive to install an OS (not necessarily XP, could be Linux, or Windows 7 ) ??

Is there any application that can help me determine if my laptop can boot from USB devices successfully ?

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Sorry for the delay.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 16, 2010 1:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Coupla doubts more

I'm on travel.

"Doesn't the presence of "USB storage devices" in the boot sequence (in the bios setup) mean that I can perform a one-time boot from a storage device such as a pen drive to install an OS (not necessarily XP, could be Linux, or Windows 7 ) ??"

No. This is not to explain why but to get the answer here.

"Is there any application that can help me determine if my laptop can boot from USB devices successfully ?"

Sure but here's my tests. 1. I test the media on other machines. 2. I use my known good external drive I boot from to see if the machine that didn't boot from the owners drive will boot from my drive.

--> But I can guess you don't have the spares to perform the tests. If not, you either borrow or acquire such things. I know of no software that would replace these parts.
Bob

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Thank you
by chandy4194 / September 16, 2010 6:17 PM PDT
In reply to: Sorry for the delay.

Dear Bob,

Thanks a ton for responding. You;ve been of great help. GrinGrin

Regards
Sunny.

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