I have an IBM laptop that doesnt have a CD drive,a bit old.I use an external CD drive thats connected via USB.I formatted the harddisk drive externally,but now I currently cant load XP using the external CD drive.what do I do?
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Your Portable USB 3.5 diskette drive uses a pretty old technology that would come with software or drivers needed to run it. You would need to check on your device manager on control panel. But I would advise you upgrade yourself to better storage devices like the flash drive or the CD/DVD USB portable drives. They are a bit more expensive, but the technology is newer and have less issues. Let's face it, the 3.5 diskettes are getting pretty outdated. Don't you think so?
Might be video card problem or something that is connected with your video is getting fault, dirty or loose contact is a big candidate. If you can test it using external monitor if it have external monitor port try that first. If external monitor works then back up your files immediately using external media. CD, dvd, flash drive or in another external hard drive.
Second option is to take out the hard drive and hook it into a USB hard drive adapter or a USB enclosure. And retrieve your files if you want on another working computer.
Then the laptop should go to a repair. If you are not so sure of doing this, have your friends that have knowledge on this assist you or bring it to a reputable shop.
Sounds like you have a faulty hard drive. Can you see or detect the hard drive in the BIOS?
To test the hard drive, remove it from the laptop and connect it to a USB hard drive adapter and plug it into a working computer's USB port. If this computer sees it as an external hard drive and you can open the various folders and files, then it os OK and the fault is in the laptop.
If the hard drive is faulty, then you need to replace the hard drive in the laptop and install Windows to get the laptop working again.
Since this Laptop is a older version, there is remote chance of having USB drive (Memory Stick or Pen Drive option), Best way is getting the help of local laptop engineer to connect external cd drive and instal Win XP, which is advisable,
Your cpu is slower than I was thinking of. However you should be able to load XP. When you load XP remove all partitions and set it up on NTFS. Go for a full installation, load, anti virus and any utilities that you want. Get yourself an external hard drive and save all your folders to that after you have finished working on them. That way you will free up your cpu to manage. If you still want to load 98. Try going into the Bios and set the CD drive as your first boot option, with a bit of luck it may work. Once you have loaded your operating system be it 98 or XP, go back into the bios and re-set your boot preferences to HDD then CD Rom. Failing that I can not help you any futher. You may think of up grading to at least a P3 in the future. Another point. Borrow a copy of windows XP from a friend and install that, if it loads ok then you can obtain your own copy if you want to.
Nifty little IDE to laptop ide adapters on ebay for under $10 delivered.. remove laptop HD.. use adapter, plug into desktop as second drive. Load up XP install to a folder.. use a decent file copier so you get hidden files. try filesync 2.xx (look for it), Back into the laptop, try it..
Only other thing would be LEGACY USB SUPPORT in the bios and an external usb drive... Hopefully your usb problem is XP related and not hardware related..
Hey there jlricker, in order to accomplish your task you need an external drive, with the ability to do full copy, from another drive installed in your computer. One such option is EZ Upgrade Kit. It includes the external drive case and data copying software. You can use the case and old hard drive as a regular external when you are done. Good Luck!