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Sony Laptop, can it boot from USB External DVD

I have a VGNAR320E that had a bad sector on a registry file and won't boot. The optical also does not function (some vista driver issues). Question is could I boot the laptop from an external usb DVD using the recovery disks (which are known to be good)??

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A bad sector is on a hard drive. You will need to replace the hard drive or you will run into the same problem. As far as booting with an external, some machine will and some won't, you'll just have to try and see if it recognizes it in the "boot from" menu.

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