My PC has no CDROM so i connected a USB external CDROM. i wanted to format my PC but it does not boot from CDROM how do i doit?
So i took out the Hard drive to another PC and formated it there and installled WIndows XP it worked well to that PC but when i put it back to the Compaq PC it does not start up. so i guess the OS is not correct? but before i did anything to it it worked well with an XP version but now that i have installed a new one its not working.
Hi i as you said you have no cdrom you are using an external cdrom this may be your down fall but i shell try my best for you ok .
first start the laptop up press f2 or del to go into *********** board settings when you have done that move your arrows to the right finding your boot option go into that and remove your hard drive from that this will make your sys search for the usb or cdrom to load from then you must save this on leaving the motherboard when you leave it will say save y do that then it will restart and find your cdrom make sure that you have the windows disk in the cdrom before you start ok follow the on screen insturctions telling you to format the hard drive this will wipe the hard drive ready for installing the new windows program on it ok
the reason when you loaded the windows on the other pc and put it in your laptop is the motherboard is not the main op sys for the hard drive hope this work for you if not get back in touch and we shell try another way ok thanks all the best
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First you need to have media ready to install once format is compelte.
You can not format a drive you are currently using an operating system unless you run the operating system setup disc in which case you would be booting and running from cd once you start reloading you main drive.
So if you are loading windows . Review steps below if when you boot you do not have option to select boot device
Boot you laptop / pc and get into the BIOS <normally f2 or f8 , f12 depending on system.>
Change the BOOT order to cdrom as primary \ you may see the device as USB CD/DVD rom with the actual name of brand there.
Save and exit
Have operating system in cd/dvd rom attached to device
Once it starts to load you will see BRIEFLY in the upper left corner PRESS ANY KEY TO LOAD FROM CD ROM or something similar... stop reading this and press a key ........
From there it should prompt you for setting up a new os, I prefer linux myself but in windows or linux in the setup process you have the option of just loading the operating systems or DELETING THE PARTITIONS and FORMATTING the drive, therefore wiping i .
NOTE: THIS IS NOT WIPING YOUR DATA, if you are trying to hide something, wipe from your drive past **** you never wanna share with anyone again..... repost under how do i wipe my hard drive clean .. its a completely different story .. not hard but different.
You need to format your hard drive. Set your boot device to cdrom in your bios. Boot using xp cd.DO a reinstall of windows and it should give you the option to format or delete partitions on your hard drive. if that doesnt work try putting the hard drive in another computer to see if it works. Or you can buy a hard drive enclosure that allows you to use your hard drive as an external device.
Hi Rose, I'm Fred, and I am a Dell tech. :). External drives are tricky because the computer may not be able to access them to boot from. Your best option is search for a replacement to the optical (cdrom) drive. Since you are buying one, try to get a dvd burner or dvd reader or cdrom burner. They are usually only a few dollars more, and come in handy down the road. Now, if you cannot get this computer repaired for less than 70 bucks, scrap it. the gx60 is a high-end pentium 3, and not worth much additional money. You can purchase a perfectly good used dell pentium 4 from gearxs for about 80 bucks, with windows XP, and all the basics installed, shipped to your house. the gx60 is not worth a heavy investment, unless you just happen to have the parts and the time.
when the pc in post usually on dells bios there is a boot menu option it is usually f12 if you don't know what your doing in the bios it is not a good place to test your skills after pressing F12 just choose cd rom for boot
I do not believe that server 2003 is able to be ran from a USB device, I may be wrong, but I doubt it. To see what the error message is, you can be ready when it pops up and push your Pause/Break button on your keyboard, this should freeze the screen so you can see exactly what it says.
How did you install the server o/s to the external drive?
You can erase all the data in your harddrive by formatting it. If you have installer of windows insert it to the cdrom or dvd and change the booting options in the cmos or bios setup to boot in the cdrom. Reboot the computer in follow the instruction how to install in format the hard disk. Delete the partitions and create a new one to avoid the virus stay in the sector of the disk
Do you have the PXE error? The media failure is in the boot sequence, on the toshiba press F12 on boot to change boot priority, select cd/dvd or hard drive, or to preclude from happening, press F2 on boot enter BIOS, select Boot options make sure to set priority as cd/dvd, then hard drive, then network or disable network boot. network booting causes media failure.