I have a Dell Dimension E3100 that the optical drive and the hdd were gone bad. Trying to fix and give to parents who have no clue how to operate a computer. My problem is as follows. The hdd that I replaced is a blank slate and the optical drive is a fresh install, newer than the old odd. I am trying to install an os onto the system, however I am unable to just load a disk into the odd because the drivers are not installed, (being a fresh odd). Is there a way to load the odd when first starting the computer? Will the computer recognize it at all somehow, it does not currently register it as being present. Also, is there a way for me to load the os onto the hdd via a secondary computer and then have it work on this computer? I am unsure if that would work due to bios and driver differences. does the dimension e3100 have the capability to boot from flash drive (with os)?