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    How to format and re-install OS with notebook without CD-ROM drive and floppy disk??

    Hello,

    The CD-ROM drive of my note book is damaged a few months ago. I cannot purchase a suitable new CD-ROM to replace up to now. Moreover my note book do not have Floppy drive installed.

    Now I need to format my hard disk and re-install the OS (Windows 2000) again..

    1. Is it possible that I make a bootable USB flash memory to boot the computer? If yes, how?

    2. If the answer of Question 1 is positive. How can I install the new os from the CD-ROM drive of other computers in my network.

    Thanks and best regards
    Alex
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    how new is the laptop...easiest way would be to buy a IDE to USB converter would make your life easier

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search...USB&category0=
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    Quote Originally Posted by alex298
    Hello,

    The CD-ROM drive of my note book is damaged a few months ago. I cannot purchase a suitable new CD-ROM to replace up to now. Moreover my note book do not have Floppy drive installed.

    Now I need to format my hard disk and re-install the OS (Windows 2000) again..

    1. Is it possible that I make a bootable USB flash memory to boot the computer? If yes, how?

    2. If the answer of Question 1 is positive. How can I install the new os from the CD-ROM drive of other computers in my network.

    Thanks and best regards
    You MIGHT be able to do an In-Place upgrade/repair by Turning on the sharing option of a Network CD-drive copying the \I386 directory to your C:\ drive and running setup from that while still in Windows.


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    Hello all,

    Thanks for your assistance.
    how new is the laptop...
    This is more than three years now.

    ....easiest way would be to buy a IDE to USB converter would make your life easier
    Can the IDE to USB converter used on both Hard Disk and CD-ROM? I rather use on the Hard Disk because I have some old hard disks. I know how to make the slave disk to be the 1st boot drive.

    1. But I have no idea how to make the slave hard disk a bootable hard disk.

    2. Where can I find this tutorial or guide on the Internet.

    Thanks and best regards
    Alex
    Nice to meet all of you.

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    Senior Member nightowl's Avatar
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    yes it can be used on any IDE device which includes HD CD-ROMS and DVD drives
    Quote Originally Posted by Zilog B
    Loading the dishwasher at brembo's house means bringing the fiancee a sixpack home.

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