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#1 ispy

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 06:06 PM

Hi folks :whistling: ,

This tutorial is compiled as a special request & to protect the identity of the requester (You know who you are & as they say ENJOY!)

Scenario:

You've got an "oldish" laptop which has no floppy drive & your optical drive is broken/knackered!
How would you go about fixing it on a shoe string budjet?

That, I suppose it could be answered like this, how long is a piece of string? (many variables/ways I suppose)

Well here is one way! (By the way I'm not claiming it is the best way either but it is low cost!)

I have compiled this as an "EBook" in a zipped attachment, that way it will be primarily for Boot-Land members only!

Keep it tucked away under your pillow just in case that rainy day comes or when disaster strikes!

ENJOY!

Regards & Best Wishes,

ispy ;)

p.s [New EBook updated]

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#2 AeroXP

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 10:21 PM

The same principles also apply to Windows 2000 and Windows NT 3.xx/4.xx.

Windows NT requires the Winnt /b switch if you don't want to make the 3 Setup Floppies.

#3 MedEvil

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 11:11 PM

ispy two points to add:
- a usb 2.5 enclosure is in most cases faster to get in the next electronics market and costs equal or less to a 2.5 to 3.5 adapter, though 'your' offer is about the cheapest i've ever seen.

- XP install - forget about DOS at all
- Set the partition of the 2.5" HDD to be the active one, or simply make sure the Notebook HDD is the only one connected in the desktop computer.
- Run the install of XP, when it wants to reboot, quickly turn off the computer.
- Plug the HDD back into the Notebook and let the install finish.
- oh and if you changed the active partition on the other computer, don't forget to set it back! :whistling:

;)

#4 ispy

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Posted 06 September 2008 - 11:17 PM

Hi MedEvil :whistling: ,

Indeed yes a another great way, I will add it to the EBook if you don't mind!

Indeed yes a another great way, I will add it to the EBook if you don't mind!

LOL! So good they posted it twice!

Regards,

ispy ;)

Just found this kinda kewl statement:

IN THE MATTERS OF STYLE,
swim with the current;
in matters of principle,
STAND LIKE A ROCK

#5 MedEvil

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:12 AM

Wise words my friend! Though i doubt that swimming with the current these days, will get one style. :whistling:

Sure use it , it's in the Public Domain. ;)

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:36 AM

Personally, I've had great experience with a USB to 2,5/3.5/5.25 IDE/SATA adapter with power supply; the one I have is Deckcell USB 2.0 to SATA + IDE (2.5", 3.5", 5.25") Cable with Power Adapter. Covers the laptop-with-SATA scenario that's increasingly common, doesn't require opening up the host computer, and handles desktop hard drives too.

#7 ispy

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 11:27 AM

Hi MedEvil/JonF :whistling: ,

Sure use it , it's in the Public Domain.

@ MedEvil ;)
@JonF,
Yes Nice One, a more contemporary approach covering both angles, presumably in the case of XP you would need to slipstream the SATA drivers using, say nLite, if the laptop required them. The advantage is as you say there is no intrusion into the secondary PC, kewl!

This raises a question in respect of these new mini notebooks that are on offer & all the rage currently. The ones I have seen have neither a floppy or a CD/DVD optical drive (No Room for one). Most seem to come pre-installed with XP (but they do have USB2 Ports).

What about system recovery in this case, say a MBR virus nukes the system? Even if they have a recovery Image installed its not going to help with a boot sector virus, that would need attention first? I suppose the best thing to do is to whilst the system is good copy across your XP files into a folder ready for an occurrence as described?

Hey ho! seem to have opened a can of worms LOL!

However many thanks for the input it is appreciated & will diversify & open options to the EBook which is always a good thing!

Regards,

ispy ;)

#8 MedEvil

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 01:44 PM

Those little notebook can boot from USB. So all you need is eighter a USB cdrom drive or a bootable usb-stick with xp setup or maybe even just an image.

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Posted 20 October 2008 - 08:08 PM

,
I Have Another Method :

We Will Need The Following:
1) The Software VMWare
2) The Software WinImage
3) The Hardware a 2.5" IDE to USB Connector.
Like This: http://www.globalsou...isk-Case/Detail

Now After We Have All The Components We Need We Shall Start.
First Installing The Programs.

After The Installations Start The VMware, Make New WindowsXP OS Virtual PC.
Please Make Sure That You Configure The Virtual HD to IDE.
Mount Your Windows XP Setup Disk to VMware, Start The V.Machine And Install your XP.
When You Finish With The Installation Create Directory By The Name "Sysprep" On C: Drive. (Like So "c:\Sysprep")
Go To Your XP Disk And Extract The Files In DISK:\SUPPORT\TOOLS\DEPLOY.CAB to Sysprep Directory you Just Created.

Now Run c:\sysprep\sysprep.exe
On ShutDown Do : ShutDown
Check: PnP
Check: MiniSetup
Click on "Reseal".
The Virtual Machine Will Shut Off.

Now Connect Your Real HD to the computer

And Run WinImage
Goto Disk -> Restore Virtual Hard Disk Image On Physical Drive...
Select Your Physical Drive In The List.
( If You Can't Find It Then Check The "Include Non Removable Hard Disk(s)" Button And Then Click Ok. )

Then Connect Your HD To The Laptop And...smile.
If You Need Information Or Some Image Tell Me And I Hope I'll Get Around To It....


I Hope You Understand My Guide...
Have a Nice Day...

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#10 ispy

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 06:28 AM

Hi HexOR :confused1: ,

The more ways the merrier! That gives the user choice & could be the preferred way to go to suit a given set of circumstances. Have you undertaken this method yourself personally?

Many thanks!

Regards & Respect,

ispy :cheers:

#11 was_jaclaz

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 08:40 AM

Wouldn't a good ol' WINNT32.EXE /makelocalsource /noreboot be simplier? :confused1:

http://www.boot-land...?showtopic=2623

http://www.msfn.org/...o-c-t77526.html


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Posted 21 October 2008 - 01:12 PM

Have you undertaken this method yourself personally?


Hi.

Yes.

i have 2 connectors:
1) 2.5" to IDE
2) 2.5" to USB

and i didn't want to restart my computer or to start to dismantle components,
so i decide to that with that USB convertor.
in additional the installation from the VMWare is faster. :confused1:

#13 ispy

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 07:30 PM

Hi HeXOR :confused1: ,

Yes.


In a word "KEWL!"

Proposition: Add some screenshots to your tutorial, a picture speaks a 1000 words!

Keep up the good work!

There you go fellow Bootlanders "Tried & Tested"

All the Best,

ispy :cheers:




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