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Help crashed hard drive/boot from USB?

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
March 26, 2012 5:20:55 AM

ok i have a dell Minnie. My hard-drive is toast. i have a 32gig scandisck flash drive and a 14 gig sd card. I have the instillation disk. i put the files on the usb flash drive can i run the dell from a flash drive? without a hard drive just a flash drive i tried and it said something was missing its like it wanted to install it on a drive but could not find a drive and would not install it to itself or run off the usb drive what can i do?
a c 572 D Laptop
March 26, 2012 12:56:21 PM

Hello skullsandsilver;

If you're not going to replace the hard drive you need to make a LiveCD type bootable drive and not an installation drive.

Here is an example of a bootable LiveCD:
Ubuntu Desktop:
It's a complete OS on a flash drive that doesn't need a HDD to run.

There are some guides to making a Windows version of a LiveCD but it's not a complete OS like Ubuntu. It's more of a RescueCD to help gain access to a HDD (which you don't have).