First ever laptop repair! Help...

I just posted a long in depth version.. but didnt set a sub category so its gone... So here is a very short to the point description.

Broken Laptop
HD and Optical Drive

On a budget very small one.

HD 20$ taken care of

Optical drives internal are 100$ or more... found an external for 30-50$

If i buy one of the external drives and plug it in, will the laptop know to boot off of the disk which i place into the external drive?
The Laptop right now is pure BIOS. The HD is busted, and the Optical drive is busted. I'll be installing the OS through the external drive.

Chris =]
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  1. I'm sure you can find an internal drive for your notebook on ebay for $40 or less.
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