11-12-2009 11:01 PM
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.
11-12-2009 11:54 PM
apparently the Win 7 can be installed from usb memory pendrive.
11-13-2009 12:55 AM
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
01-06-2010 08:07 PM - edited 01-06-2010 08:08 PM
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???