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    re-installing Xp PRO from external usb dvd or external usb hard drive. How?

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    by woodtears ·

    Hi!

    I need to reinstall my Windows OS XP PRO. Can I do it from an external USB source, for instance a cd/dvd-burner or external hard drive? How to do it? Can I copy the whole OS Xp PRO cd into the external usb source and then boot and reinstall XP from there into th PC’s internal hard drive?

    Thanks for help!

    Woodtears.

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    • #2923185

      Clarifications

      by woodtears ·

      In reply to re-installing Xp PRO from external usb dvd or external usb hard drive. How?

      Clarifications

    • #2923166

      Not a straight forward process!

      by computercookie ·

      In reply to re-installing Xp PRO from external usb dvd or external usb hard drive. How?

      Why?
      Is this a laptop or PC?

      • #2923131

        installing XP from an external usb source

        by woodtears ·

        In reply to Not a straight forward process!

        It is a PC. The internal, optical CD/DVD device does not function. The PC cant detect it.

        • #2924363

          Why External

          by mamies ·

          In reply to installing XP from an external usb source

          Why dont you replace the internal CD/DVD Device with the external one, This can only be done by pulling the covers off the devices and trying to install it that way. Although if you are not confident with this method you can enable the boot from USB device within the BIOS.

        • #2924350

          Why would you bother with…

          by boxfiddler ·

          In reply to Why External

          taking apart drives if you could just boot from USB? Whatever happened to keep it simple?

        • #2922304

          may not take apart drives

          by mamies ·

          In reply to Why would you bother with…

          You do not need to pull apart drives to do this. For a low cost you may be able to buy a DVD drive to replace it. The reason for this is their are faster transfer speeds for things like games that run off CDs and it will cut down on installation times. Depending on what the machine is used for keeping it simple is not always the best option

    • #2923033

      Yes, you can do it

      by nepenthe0 ·

      In reply to re-installing Xp PRO from external usb dvd or external usb hard drive. How?

      See the 15 Feb’07 TR posting by Greg Shultz:

      http://tinyurl.com/yw7lbx

      • #2924091

        I don’t think citing an article allows you to confirm the affirmative …

        by older mycroft ·

        In reply to Yes, you can do it

        Not unless YOU have followed that article to the letter and can categorically confirm that it works.

        Greg Schultz’ article concerns booting from a UFD. It is written on the basis that the UFD will be constructed using the internal optical drive AND a fully functional installed operating system.

        Clearly the OP does not have either if they have a need to [u]reinstall[/u] from an external device.

        Unless you know how to do that, but forgot to include it in your post? 😉

    • #2924327

      For the cost of a CD Reader these days and a Walk to the Shop

      by rob miners ·

      In reply to re-installing Xp PRO from external usb dvd or external usb hard drive. How?

      As OM has already implied you are going to need access to another PC that is cabable of Burning a CD and Detecting a USB Hard Drive to be able to achieve this.

      If you have access to the necessesary equipment keep the Active Partition at 2GB Read On.

      Download the HP Drive Key Boot Utility and MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image

      HP Drive Key Boot:

      http://tinyurl.com/2zcd68

      MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image:

      http://ms-dos7.hit.bg/#msfv

      Burn it to CD using Nero or any other Software that will support the ISO Image.

      How to burn an ISO Image:

      http://www.ubcd4win.com/burn.htm

      Use the HP Drive Key Boot Utility to prepare the USB Stick.
      Try preparing it as a Hard Drive if you have the option as a Bootable Disk will not suffice. You will need to try another USB Stick.

      Ensure that you have an Active Partition on the new Drive and it is Formatted FAT32

      Disconnect the Hard Drive from the PC that you have been using. Set it to Boot from CD in the BIOS. Connect your USB Stick and turn on the PC.

      Insert the DOS CD that you created and follow the prompts to install it to the USB Drive. When you have finished installing DOS shutdown the PC and reconnect the Hard Drive.

      Restart the PC and reconnect the USB Stick, now you will need to copy the I386 Folder from your XP CD to the USB Stick.

      When you have finished doing that, disconnect the USB Stick and insert it back into the original PC. Turn on the PC and you should end up with a DOS Prompt. Type in CD I386 and press Enter. Type winnt.exe and press Enter. Follow the prompts.

      You may as well copy the Motherboard Device Drivers to the USB Stick at the same time as you are going to need them, also copy your Antivirus Sofware that you are going to install

      • #2907883

        Every time…

        by Anonymous ·

        In reply to For the cost of a CD Reader these days and a Walk to the Shop

        I have tried this method, I have destroyed the pen drive. Something about the HP utility.

        • #2907877

          I haven’t had that happen :)

          by rob miners ·

          In reply to Every time…

          as yet, touch wood. 🙂
          I think that it really depends on the quality of the drive. Then again I have some cheapies that I have used it on as well. I have also used Fdisk successfully. 😉

        • #2923894

          The drives.

          by Anonymous ·

          In reply to I haven’t had that happen :)

          My Kingston 1 and 2 gig drives I have no problem doing this to. However these drives are to small for what I want or need.

          I need a pen drive that I can put both versions of Vista on, XP Home and Pro, and either Knoppix or Damn Small Linux, and a slew of trouble shooting tools. I wanted to boot to a text menu (meaning freeDos), pick what I need at the moment and go to work.

          To achieve this I purchased several Sandisk 4 and 8 gig drives and one Adata 16 gig drive. I destroyed one 4 gig drive and the Adata. The Sandisk was replaced without question. The Adata I had to cancel payment, call my attorney who called the stores district manager who called me and replaced the drive. The drives failed when I tried to make them bootable. The funny part was that the store manager told me that he looked on Microsoft.com and found out that a pen drive can only have one partition. I reached in my pocket, removed two Kingston drives and called him a liar loud enough for the store to hear and challenged him to plug the drives into any box of his choosing. Since you have to have a boot partition on a pen drive to boot from, you have to have two partitions. At this point, I told him who I was and informed him that we had been considering his store as a source of local parts, but no more.

          At any rate, I am now concerned about attempting to make these drives bootable because they are not cheapies. But when I further research the matter, I will attempt it again.

        • #2923844

          I’ve gone away from doing it like that :)

          by rob miners ·

          In reply to The drives.

          I recently tried Partitioning an 8GB Stick that I was going to use for Ghosting. The first Partition was 500MB and the second Partition for the rest of the drive both formatted FAT32. I installed DOS 7 and made it Bootable. In DOS I could access the second partition.

          But when I went to copy the Ghost Image to the second partition in XP, there was no partition to be found. It just didn’t get detected. Not to be beaten I Booted from the Stick and copied the Image to the second partition from a DVD. 26 hours later I had my Image. I won’t be using memory Sticks again. 😉

          I found another way to do it that will give you more control. I ratted an old Notebook and removed the 20GB Drive and it seems to boot up faster than the sticks. I haven’t tried to copy the Image over as yet but I doubt if I will have any problems and all drives are accessible in XP. This is what I am planning to do. Triple Boot the Notebook Drive as I only need DOS7, PE and PE2.

          This is the real easy way to achieve what you want to do. It is achieved through the PE ( Pre Installation ) Add your own Menu and sofware, it also has network access. This link will give you an idea of what I am talking about.

          http://apcmag.com/windows_pe_20_a_tiny_version_of_windows_for_system_maintenance.htm

          To use Windows PE 2.0, you need to get your hands on the Windows Automated Installation Kit for Vista.

          To use Windows PE, you need to get your hands on the Windows Automated Installation Kit for XP.

          http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/details.aspx?familyid=94BB6E34-D890-4932-81A5-5B50C657DE08&displaylang=en

          < nearly forgot >
          I found this little Gem not long ago.

          SyncBack Freeware V3.2.18.0 is a free standing Backup Utility it can be run from USB.

          http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads.html#freeware

    • #2907918

      installing Xp PRO from external usb dvd. More here

      by Anonymous ·

      In reply to re-installing Xp PRO from external usb dvd or external usb hard drive. How?

      http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-11184-0.html?forumID=47&threadID=199866&messageID=2082528

      Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.

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