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How to do a system recovery when my cd rom drive doesnt work?

I have a gateway computer that is about 7 or 8 years old. A little while ago the cd-rom drive just went. Then 6 months later it froze up while I was on the web and I shut it down using the surge protector. When I turned it back on a message came up saying boot failure system halted. I cant use my recovery cd because my cd-rom drive is useless. I tried booting it up again and now the same message still comes up only now it says media failure too. Any suggestions as to how I can do a recovery without a working cd-rom drive? And pressing f-11 does not work. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  • eshortie103 Jan 26, 2009

    Thanks! Would a flash drive work? How could I make it bootable? Would I have burn my system recovery disc? 

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Got to have a new cd-rom drive mate, most practical approach.

other options are network boot (done in offices with many computers), USB boot (if your BIOS supports it & you need to have a USB device with the bootable image of the system disk), etc.

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