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

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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Not a straight forward process!

by ComputerCookie In reply to re-installing Xp PRO from ...

Why?
Is this a laptop or PC?

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installing XP from an external usb source

by Woodtears In reply to Not a straight forward pr ...

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

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Why External

by mamies In reply to installing XP from an ext ...

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.

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Why would you bother with...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Why External

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

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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

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Yes, you can do it

by nepenthe0 In reply to re-installing Xp PRO from ...

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

http://tinyurl.com/yw7lbx

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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 reinstall from an external device.

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

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<i>For the cost of a CD Reader these days and a Walk to the Shop</i>

by Jacky Howe In reply to re-installing Xp PRO from ...

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<i>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.</i>
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If you have access to the necessesary equipment keep the Active Partition at 2GB <i>Read On.</i>
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<b>Download the HP Drive Key Boot Utility and MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image</b>
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<b>HP Drive Key Boot:</b>
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http://tinyurl.com/2zcd68
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<b>MS-DOS 7.10 Installation CD ISO Image:</b>
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http://ms-dos7.hit.bg/#msfv
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Burn it to CD using Nero or any other Software that will support the ISO Image.
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<b>How to burn an ISO Image:</b>
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http://www.ubcd4win.com/burn.htm
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<i>Use the HP Drive Key Boot Utility to prepare the USB Stick.</i>
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.
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Ensure that you have an <b>Active Partition</b> on the new Drive and it is Formatted <b>FAT32</b>
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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.
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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.
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Restart the PC and reconnect the USB Stick, now you will need to copy the <b>I386 Folder</b> from your XP CD to the USB Stick.
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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 <b>CD I386</b> and press Enter. Type <b>winnt.exe</b> and press Enter. Follow the prompts.
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<i>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</i>
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Every time...

by normhaga In reply to <i>For the cost of a CD R ...

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

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I haven't had that happen :)

by Jacky Howe 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.

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