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Old Sep 23, 2007, 03:42 PM
buscuitboy buscuitboy is offline
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Question Installing XP on a laptop without a CD-Rom drive

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I have a DELL Latitude X1. it has no internal CD/DVD drive in it. How would I reinstall XP on this machine? During the start up, I can access the boot menu (F12), but it only gives the following options:
  • Internal Hard drive
  • NIC

There is no option to boot from a CD/DVD drive. This DELL doesn't have the special partition with the "restore" option either. Any suggestions on how a fresh install of XP can be applied to this laptop?
Old Sep 23, 2007, 07:47 PM
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Only thing I can think of is to get an external CD/DVD drive, but there's no guarantee that it will boot from it.

Or, the following method which I've used for friends so I know it works,


You will need to remove the hard drive, another PC, and a cheap converter.
Old Sep 27, 2007, 09:10 AM
buscuitboy buscuitboy is offline
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Exclamation external USB drive

Actually, an external USB CD-Rom drive seemed to be able to do the trick.

had a external IDE/USB conversion kit. I had used it with hard drives, but never with a CD-Rom. I tried it here and when i connected it, it showed up in the boot menu (F12). I tried it out with an XP disc and it went through the whole initialization process of loading XP so I guess I will be able to do it this way.

I suspect since this laptop didn't come with a CD-Rom drive initially installed internally, it was designed to accept external ones.
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