Create a bootable HDD via another PC RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I am trying to repair an old PC, which can only support Windows XP. Toshiba Satellite Pro L20

    The issue is, the HDD was pretty screwed so I was thinking just to replace the HDD and then install XP via a Disk. The issue being the laptop will not boot to a disk. No matter what is inserted in to the disk drive itself.

    The laptop also doesn't support USB boot, so I am kind of stuck. I want to be able to make the HDD I have bought bootable so it will load the XP OS but I cannot seem to think of a way to do this.

    Any ideas? (Other than the obvious upgrading of a laptop)

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:13 PM

All replies

  • Sorry if this sounds stupid but have you checked the BIOS for boot options?  What are the options listed?  It sounds odd that it would not boot from anything but a HD.

    Please do not read this sentence. Please ignore the previous sentence.

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 9:29 PM
  • I agree with Kamin:

    Check the Bios to see the specific boot order.

    Make sure the CDROM drive is first in line for boot order so you can boot. 2nd in line should be the HDD.

    Then when it starts prompts to "Push any key to boot from CD-ROM..." push the space bar and start your install

    Thursday, May 15, 2014 1:27 PM