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Default Having Hard Time Booting From Ext. DVD Drive - 12-11-2013, 09:54 PM

Trying to do a repair install of Windows and I just can't seem to get my external DVD drive to boot. In BIOS USB devices first right? Or is it Removable Storage?

I just can't seem to get USB Devices to show on the boot option menu (F12) though, so there's a problem.


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Default 12-12-2013, 02:17 AM

Make sure "Legacy USB" is enabled. It will be a USB device, not "Removable storage" nor CD/DVD.


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Default 12-12-2013, 02:28 AM

Thanks for the reply. Legacy USB is enabled but the only thing that shows under USB devices, when plugged in, is my flash drive. The DVD drive doesn't show. Odd. I checked firmware etc. and it's up to date. It has a separate power supply by the way.
I guess I'll have to use a bootable flash drive but was hoping to avoid that route as the software one needs to make it is full of ads usually.


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Default 12-13-2013, 06:04 PM

If you unplug the flash drive, does the DVD drive show? Thanks for saying that you are using a separate power supply for the DVD, as that saves me from asking you about that.


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Default 12-13-2013, 06:28 PM

Not at boot or in the device menu, but the system could see it once booted. Weird.


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Default 12-17-2013, 01:02 AM

Re-did the XP Pro SP3 CD just in case and lo and behold it works, but under "Removable Devices" not USB Devices.
That option failed to work or even register as connected before. So it would seem these options are dependant on valid media being inserted.

I had tried a bootable XP flash drive and for some unknown reason the Repair option never was offered. This way, using the CD/DVD drive via USB, it is. But remember to try Removable Devices as the boot option.

If this hadn't worked my other option might have been an Upgrade Install from within Windows but I think that would have wiped everything.


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