How to fix XP on notebook with a dead CD/DVD drive.
Have both a Sony and a Compaq nb - XPHE and PRO - both of which have dead internal drives.
Have tried to set each BIOS so as to boot from a usb drive (DVD external with OEM system DVD installed and ready). Neither seem to recognize anything via USB... but the do miss their own internal device - and DEVICE Manager to continually attempt to re-install these dead devices after being uninstalled and deleted.
The cost of replacing the Sony drive - very proprietary - is more than a brand new notebook (low end: MSOffice, Internet, photos, and the like). The Compaq drive is readily available (TEAC) but, although it is much cheaper, it is still a very sizable chunk of change - over $300.
Got any suggestions?
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I understand by "external device" is that your none of your USB ports work and you can't use your CD/DVD burner
Get a Hard Drive to USB connection, they are cheap and you can get one in any computer store, remove your HARD DRIVE from your Compaq and connect it through USB to your new computer. You can copy all your data and still continue using your old herd drive as an external drive.
SATA HARD DRIVE - XP INSTALLATION The problem is that XP installation CD does not have a SATA driver, unless you have a SATA drive on a disk etc. and can install the driver when XP asks for a hard drive driver then, XP cannot detect the hard disk and therefore won't install XP. The FIX. Go into the BIOS and disable the SATA drive (enable IDE emulation), this will make XP think it is a IDE/PATA hard disk. Then you can install XP normally. When Windows has been installed then install all the device drivers (including the SATA driver), then shut down and boot up and got into the BIOS and enable the SATA drive.
Hello sir, Hi, unless we find a replacement cd drive for your laptop. I don't see how this goes. you see, the laptop you have does not support boot from USB drives, (see setup on the bios first boot, hopefully theres a usb boot option, if not you may opt for a WINME install.) so its useless to use the internal CD rom drive.
First plug your external hard drive "disk" into your computer using your USB cable. Then insert your CD/DVD in your CD/DVD Drive "D, or E, or F" that are define in your system and turn off your computer and On your System "computer". Then boot form the installation disk. Begin the installation so that the hard drive will install the operating system. Then accept the license terms and conditions. Then choose your destination drive."By default, the C: will represent your main hard drive and the D: will usually represent your CD/DVD drive. So your external hard drive will be the E: or F: drive.
"And you will now able to run that operating system." N.B: "You will be able to run your external hard drive as a fully functional operating system. If your primary hard drive ever crashes, you will have a backup option unavailable to those who simply use their external hard drives as file and document backup." All the Best!
Why not ther is no problem just keep in mind the capacity should be 60 GB or above
just buy a windows xp original and put in the laptops cd drive restar the system boot from cd or dvd press enter and thats it you will be asked for formatting the hard drive.
If this is happeing consistently it is usually the drive itself, the data cable or the controller on the motherboard. Try reconnecting the drive to the controller and cable for your DVD/CD drive.
Leave the DVD disconnected while trying this test. If this works and the maxtor doesn't work on the primary cable as a slave, then try switching cables and see if the problem moves to the DVD.
If neither of these works the fault is in the drive, if it works on the DVD cable on both channels, the problem is in the cable, you can buy a replacement for $2-$5. If it works on the DVD cable alone but not when you move the DVD cable onto the primary channel with the boot drive the problem is likely a failing controller on the motherboard, although this signals worse things to come for the motherboard you can move the maxtor to the slave position on the DVD cable for the time being.
Worst case, if this is a drive with crucial data and it turns out the drive is at fault, if it still works intermittently, back up any data to CD/DVD or external drive before it gives up the ghost, if you can't keep it running that long and need a pro to get your data back, reply with your Country, State and City and I'll refer you to an appropriate facility.
best thing to do is take out ur hard disk n copy the ntldr file from other workin system. u can find this ntldr in c:\. to see it go to folder option-- view-- check show all hidden files and uncheck hide protected oprating system files. in c;| u ll find ntldr. copy it in ur hard disk n boot.. it ll work...