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Running Vista setup from an external drive?

by dev_0860 / June 24, 2006 1:32 AM PDT

Hi everyone
I am trying to install windows vista on my dell notebook. Its built in CD-RW/DVD drive does not work, so I am trying to use a CyberHome external DVD burner to install Vista. When I go into Start-Run-Browse-My Computer and click on the external drive (E:), it popsup with the error:
E:\ is not accessible. Incorrect Function.

So is there any way to fix this? Obviously, the computer recongnizes the drive but does not want to access it.


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Has the DVD already been burned?
by John.Wilkinson / June 24, 2006 2:08 AM PDT

I'm not quite sure where in the process the problem is occurring...are you attempting to burn the DVD (using what software?) or have you already burned the DVD and are now trying to install? (Are you trying to do an in-place upgrade or a fresh installation?) The primary solution will depend on the answer, but as I noted in the Getting Started guide, you can always use Daemon Tools or another emulator to install Vista without a physical DVD drive.

Hope this helps and let us know.

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Yes, it has been burned
by dev_0860 / June 24, 2006 2:28 AM PDT

The DVD has been burned. I am trying to do a clean install of vista, but the computer does not want to access the DVD before and after I boot into windows. I guess I will try the Dameon tools

Thanks for the help so far

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Is it worth fixing?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2006 2:54 AM PDT

I think so. I've found replacement DVD/CDRW laptop drives that fit and function for under 80 bucks. (much less really) and is where.

Microsoft has scored "zero" on installs to external USB/Firewire drives and not much better from said drives. In every case I install a new drive and fix the laptop for not much.

I'll peg the repair skill level at 2 light bulbs.


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I have an idea
by dev_0860 / June 24, 2006 3:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Is it worth fixing?

Ok, I have an idea. Take the hard drive out of that laptop and insert it into the laptop I am on now. Run the setup and everything, then put it back in the other machine. Would this work? And without screwing anything up?


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by dev_0860 / June 24, 2006 3:43 AM PDT
In reply to: I have an idea

the hard drive connectors are different

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$4.95 adaptor?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 24, 2006 7:21 AM PDT
In reply to: Nevermind
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