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How to do a clean XP install from an USB optical drive?

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Last response: in Storage
March 10, 2006 7:25:45 PM

I have an old Dell Inspiron 8100 notebook that I want to do a clean XP install to. I have wiped the hard-drive completely using Hitachi Drive fitness test. The original CD-drive doesn’t work and I have bought an external USB LaCie 16x DVD ± RW Slim Drive instead.

My problem is: how do I get the laptop to boot from the USB-optical drive?

I don’t have an USB boot-option in the bios. And I can’t seem to find a DOS driver for the LaCie.

I’m guessing that I need some kind of boot-diskette which contains a DOS-driver for the DVD-drive.

Kan anyone recommend what I should do? All help appreciated:) 

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April 2, 2006 9:34:17 AM

Ohh, ugly. You dont' really want to get into DOS and all that for it to recognize the USB optical drive. If you don't have the boot option in the BIOS, I really doubt you can do a USB boot.
April 2, 2006 11:41:50 AM

Download the bootable startup Windows XP installation disks from:

Make sure the USB CD-ROM drive is plugged in and has the OS installation disk present.

Failing that install over LAN from another machine.
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May 19, 2006 3:30:09 AM

anyone know how to install XP over LAN?