I am new here. This is my first post. I've read some
posts related to this, but couldn't find a definitive answer.
I apologize in advance if this has been covered.
I acquired a mini 10 netbook whose hard drive failed.
Itís an Inspiron Mini 10 ref number 08285
I installed a used 40GB WD drive with XP on it,
but it wouldn't boot from it. Just continually
Removed the hard drive and then
I loaded linux live from a USB flash
drive to see if the hardware worked.
The touchpad didn't work but
the keyboard did, and a USB mouse worked.
I've only used Windows so have no knowledge of linux.
How about Chrome OS? Will it run on
a Mini 10?
The big problem for me is how to load an
operating system without an optical drive.
I'd much rather use a DVD drive than try to
make an install USB key for windows.
Can you load an OS via a USB external optical
drive, and can I use any old hard drive? Is it
possible to load linux live, then plug in the
external optical, and load windows from it?
Basically, my question boils down to,
what's the easiest way to load windows
and how do you do it?
Thanks in advance for any replies.