Laptop won't boot from external CD Drive Tags: Boot CD Drives Hard Drives Laptops Last response: February 8, 2011 8:36 PM in Laptops & Notebooks Share Jrb599 February 8, 2011 12:02:45 AM My dell Inspiron has a bad hard drive and CD Drive. I have an external drive I'm trying to boot Windows XP from to install on the new hard drive. But it won't boot. Any advice? Thx. More about : laptop boot external drive | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove buwish Laptop Authority February 8, 2011 4:58:23 AM Try going into the BIOS and selecting USB device in the boot order menu to see if that gets it going for you. | Report abuse Jrb599 February 8, 2011 9:11:29 AM I should add I've done that and that didn't work. I also have updated the bios to A09, the latest version. | Report abuse dextermat February 8, 2011 11:14:12 AM try pressing on f8 or f11 when the computer boot: a menu should pop up and ask on witch device you wanna boot. If it still doesn't work you might have a bad CD / DVD disk | Report abuse Jrb599 February 8, 2011 8:36:35 PM Got it. I had to take out the internal DVD Drive. Plug in the external. And tell it to boot from the internal drive. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Laptops & Notebooks>Laptop won't boot from external CD Drive> Related ressources: ForumCould I boot from an external CD drive ForumCould I boot from an external CD drive ForumBoot from USB external HD; No CD or DVD ForumComputer wont boot from CD ForumLaptop can't boot windows xp cd or usb ForumLInux won't boot on my external HD ForumDesktop HD won't boot when cloned onto Laptop HD ForumOperating System Not Found Hard Drive Damage Won't Boot from Disc ForumQuestions about dell inspiron 1520 laptop boot system with cd external ForumMy buffalo external hard drive wont let me open my files says it needs formattin ForumBoot from USB external CD /DVD drive ForumGateway Mx8738 laptop won't boot to bios. ForumNeed URGENT help! Laptop will not boot from HDD or CD !! ForumMy laptop out of nowhere today won't boot up, it says no bootable device and wan ForumDell Inspiron 1200 Laptop wont boot reward if fixed ForumBack light or Inverter? ForumWhich laptop ForumLaptop for WoW ForumDead Laptop ForumPicking a laptop, 460m or 5870? More resources Read discussions in other Laptops & Notebooks categories Battery Acer Asus Dell Hewlett Packard iPad Toshiba Vaio !