Can you boot your computer with an external hard drive with windows 7 image on?

So my hard drive broke and the laptop says please insert boot cd which I don't have. I have an external hard drive with the windows 7 image on it. My laptops an acer 5552, is there a way I can boot my laptop from the external hard drive without the recovery disk and install windows 7 onto my laptop?
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  1. not unless there is an option on the bios.
  2. rgd1101 said:
    not unless there is an option on the bios.

    There is an option but when I get it to boot from hard drive it still says please insert boot disk
  3. no, you want to boot from an external usb.
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