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pandyanb
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Registered: ‎11-12-2009
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Thinkpad X31 - Installation of New OS

Hi Experts,

 

I have Thinkpad X31 (which does not have CD/DVD Drive). I want to change HDD (from current 40 GB to New 160 GB) and install new latest OS in the market. I wonder how to install it without CD/DVD drive? I have external CD-ROM of Sony with PCMCI Card but system does not boot with it. Please help me with your kind suggestion or expert advice.

 

Many thanks,

 

Naresh Pandya

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Re: Thinkpad X31 - Installation of New OS

apparently the Win 7 can be installed from usb memory pendrive.

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Jin Li

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pandyanb
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Re: Thinkpad X31 - Installation of New OS

Hi, many thanks for the response. However, Linux can also be installed from USB Drive. I gave a try but system is not booting from USB Drive. I ensured everything is set right in BIOS before try. Please could give some detail guide. Thanks, Naresh

davodavo
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Re: Thinkpad X31 - Installation of New OS

Hi,

 

I'm in a similar situation and here's what I found...

  * when you first turn on power, hit F12 to get the boot devices list

  * it may come up immediately, or it may take a while.  be patient

  * hopefully, the USB HDD item is on your list

  * select it

 

So that's fine...I can boot my thumbdrive which (in my case) gets me to DOS 4.x

 

Now *my* problem:  from that booted DOS, I can only see hard drives plugged in the USB ports or the system's CDROM.  I *can't* seem to see the internal (IDE) hard drive, even though I know it's good.  Works fine if  i boot from it.

 

So now my question:  in DOS, shouldn't I be able to see the system drive?  Of course, I can't read/write the file system (because it's NTFS), but all I want to do is run GHOST (in DOS) so I can write the new disk image onto the IDE drive.

 

What am I missing???

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