Difficult installation of OS without CD reader

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  1. breakfree

    breakfree Registered Member

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    That's my problem.

    My hard drive on my ultra portable blew up and I replaced it, but I can' install the OS because there isn't a CD/DVD reader.

    There's only an SD card reader.

    Any external USB readers that I tried don't work without the OS.

    The laptop is a Toshiba Portege, Tablet edition.

    Before looking for some workshop that could do it, I thought about asking here for any ideas...

    Thanks!
     
  2. dragonizm

    dragonizm Junior Member

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    Get a bootable USB and install windows on another computer?
     
  3. ukescuba

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    i have exactly the same problem with my friends netbook, he has an installation CD but no CD drive...

    i was going to reformat it and re-install windows for him today, im going to use a spare jump drive with all the files copied over to it...

    ill keep you posted,,,
     
  4. justthinking

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    Download it? Numerous sites which have the software.
     
  5. hwolfpack6

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    Okay, I have just done this 2 times in the last month with my netbook and my dad's desktop.

    If you have a USB thumb drive over 1GB, it's very easy:

    http://komku.blogspot.com/2008/11/install-windows-xp-using-usb-flash-disk.html

    Try googling Install Windows XP with USB Flash Drive. It's quite easy and there's a ton of people who tell you the same thing, some more clearer than others.
     
  6. RamChaturvedi

    RamChaturvedi Supreme Member

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    Boot from pendrive -

    It's quite easy to boot from Linux using a pen drive
    Win has some issues ( solvable ) - after installation of Win the pendrive yu'll need to install USB drivers ( avaialable in Win Xp SP2 ) additionally to make the USB drive readable during boot-up

    Refer I think XP and VISTA will create some prob. so better go with Linux if you work on it!!!