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If laptop HD is toast, can one use external HD and latops CD rom?

tpgames
785 512MB
The Error Message:
If you have NTFS installed on your hard drive,
you need to create a MS DOS boot partition for windows.
Also, the icon that says HD does not even come up.
The diagnostic test have said:
Hard Drive NONE found.
All NTFS MS DOS programs we've tried, have not worked. So, as a work around, we were wondering if the following would work:

Can one hook up an external hard drive to it, toss on XP (onto external HD), and use the CD-rom on the laptop and have it connect with the external HD?
Thanks!
Feb 14 '07 #1
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bartonc
6,596 Expert 4TB
The Error Message:
If you have NTFS installed on your hard drive,
you need to create a MS DOS boot partition for windows.
Also, the icon that says HD does not even come up.
The diagnostic test have said:
Hard Drive NONE found.
All NTFS MS DOS programs we've tried, have not worked. So, as a work around, we were wondering if the following would work:

Can one hook up an external hard drive to it, toss on XP (onto external HD), and use the CD-rom on the laptop and have it connect with the external HD?
Thanks!
Here is something that I think is very cool that has worked well for me:
Use this link for tips on creating a bootable CD. Using a Windows install CD, Bart's PE creates a boot CD that gives you full access to the machine including network and devices.
I hope this works well for you too.
Feb 14 '07 #2
tpgames
785 512MB
It didn't work because the Hard Drive, we've determined is completely toast. Not working at all. Friend did everything that site said, and made 2 emergency boot disc, just like the site said, and it didn't work. So, we are stuck with plan B. Seeing about getting a cheap Hard drive, as he found installing one in his laptop is really easy.
Feb 15 '07 #3
bartonc
6,596 Expert 4TB
It didn't work because the Hard Drive, we've determined is completely toast. Not working at all. Friend did everything that site said, and made 2 emergency boot disc, just like the site said, and it didn't work. So, we are stuck with plan B. Seeing about getting a cheap Hard drive, as he found installing one in his laptop is really easy.
Yep. That's a better way to go. Bootable CD doesn't cost anything (why I mentioned it).
Feb 15 '07 #4
tpgames
785 512MB
Thanks for trying!
Feb 15 '07 #5

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