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Can I use a non dvd laptop on a Dvd laptop?


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CamTheMan

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I have my little portable computer and I want to reformat it. However, it does no have a dvd drive. So is it possible to hook it up to my other laptop that does have a dvd drive and format it like that?

Thanks in advance!

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May I ask why do you specifically need a DVD drive? If it's a Windows XP CD it'll be a normal CD anyway.
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Well it's a Vista disk which ever will read that will do. I just need to reformat my portable laptop that doesn't have a dvd/cd drive.

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I am not aware of any way to hook up one computer to another to use the CD drive other than networking, but I don't think you can set that up outside of the operating system. Best sugestion would be to buy a drive if you can upgradr the drive on your laptop. Some laptops allow you to replace the floppy drive with a CD drive, or buy an external USB CD drive. If you buy an external drive you will need to make sure your computer can boot from a USB device

We will need some more information
If this is a name brand system:
Make
Model
Operating System
Age of the computer
Memory Total
Hard Drive Size, How much free space



If this is custom then We will need the following:
The CPU brand and model
The Motherboard brand and model
Ram amount and speed
Cd\Dvd rom interface IDE/ SATA
Hard Drive size and free space
Any cards in PCI slots
Any software installed\updated and driver updates done just before problem started

All this will help in determining a course of action to best correct the problem you are experiencing.
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Alright thank you so much for your replies. I will go buy a External Drive.

Thanks again!

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Did you make sure your laptop can boot from an external drive?

We will need some more information
If this is a name brand system:
Make
Model
Operating System
Age of the computer
Memory Total
Hard Drive Size, How much free space



If this is custom then We will need the following:
The CPU brand and model
The Motherboard brand and model
Ram amount and speed
Cd\Dvd rom interface IDE/ SATA
Hard Drive size and free space
Any cards in PCI slots
Any software installed\updated and driver updates done just before problem started

All this will help in determining a course of action to best correct the problem you are experiencing.
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CamTheMan

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A friend of mine ended up loaning me his external dvd/cd drive. I reformatted from there and installed the drivers and all that fun stuff. Thank you for following up on this though, I really appreciate all the help.

Cam

Edited by CamTheMan, 18 April 2009 - 06:50 PM.

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