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alternatives to cd burning for installations?

I don't have either a DVD burner or a large enough Flash drive on my system to handle the 2+ gig installation iso.

I've tried to transfer the image to a separate fire wire drive HD and still no joy. I'm unable to boot the fire wire drive, it doesn't show up in my bios setup as a bootable drive.

I do have two hard drives though that can be booted from. I can also throw in a third drive that can be booted from though.

Has anyone come up with an alternative to burning the image to a disc?

I'd like to install to my secondary hard drive to try it out.

System info,

Emachines T3882

80 G main HD
120G secondary

2.8 Celeron D processor, intel D865GVHZ motherboard

1 G installed memory

CD/DVD burner that apparently doesn't recognise DVD+R discs for burning, but I can burn CDs.

I do have a 7G hard drive available for a third drive.

Any ideas?


Operating system is XP home, bios is updated as far as can be.

CDburnXP also installed.

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In reply to: alternatives to cd burning for installations?

But why do this at all? It's a beta so it will expire and cost you a lot to get going again and likely FORCE an upgrade of that CD DRIVE.

-> I picked up an 8GB memory stick with an indicator of percent full for under 20 bucks. 4GB should be even less.
-> Surely a buddy can make a DVD for you.

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Number of reasons, none important.

In reply to: Options.

At the present time I'm landlocked with LOTS of time on my hand!

I'm a professional hard head!

Besides, I think it's kinda interesting to do.

Yeah, you are absolutely right, I can get it burned by a friend and I will get a better burner when I can get out of the house.

I just feel like a little kid with a new toy in a package he can't open!

Besides, when I try to figure things like this out, I end up with a lot better understanding of what I'm able to (and not able to) do.

At the time, because of weather and health issues, I just can't get out! Bad cabin fever! Either try this or my wife will give me the "pillow over the face while I'm asleep" divorce!

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In reply to: Number of reasons, none important.

I used Alcohol 52 and ran the iso with that. Installed to my second HD and it worked.

I now have a better understanding of isos and installing now!

Haven't found any problems yet, but it's new and I'll play with it.

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