Toshiba Satellite 5005-S504; boot from USB? Reformat HD w/o CD-ROM?
First these laptops are what is called "Legacy Free", meaning there is no BIOS, at all, ever, for all time, not gonna be there.
Second, the Floppy option is referring to any supported USB Floppy drive. If you have one great, if not this will be more difficult.
NOTE**** - If at any point you do not know what I'm referring to, please do not attempt this, you will likely render your HDD useless.
If you have the Floppy on USB, then you will need the XP setup on Floppy Disk and there are alot of disks, and from my own experience so far, No, a USB flash drive will not work, I even tried an emulator which formatted it as a floppy disk.
If you do not have a floppy, then you will need to remove the harddrive and connect it via an external USB drive cage to another pc, create two partitions, one for your OEM OS disc, the other for the installation. Obviously your OEM OS Disc is not all that large, only partition what it needs, and make sure you make it a bootable partition. For XP you will also need the SATA drivers for the hard drive as XP does not have them included in the setup disc. If you do not have these, you will need to find them or just stop here, because you can go no further.
This is one of the biggest drawbacks of a "Legacy Free" system, you cannot change the SATA operation in BIOS like most other pc's. The system configuration is done through a windows utility from Toshiba.
Oct 14, 2007 |
Toshiba Satellite 5005-S504 Notebook