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    Replacing laptop HD question...

    My Toshiba satalite laptop needs a new hard drive. Issue is my internal cd drive is bad. Can I use my external cd drive somehow to use my recovery disks? The computer won't go past the windows screen so it won't see my external drive. It lost power at a bad time...Anyway to use my external cd drive for my recovery disks with the current HD?
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    If you go into the BIOS there should be a boot order setting. Tell it to boot from USB first. Might even have a boot order thing pop up on that first screen when you turn on the computer. On mine it says hit DEL to enter BIOS or F12 for the boot menu down at the bottom.

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    eek

    wait wait. Don't restore it yet. Did you try F8 when starting to get into the Win boot options? Try 'Last known good configuration', if that fails reboot, F8 again, SafeMode, type chkdsk /r when you're at the cmd line.

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    I'm doing that right now. Its my old porn puter. If only it had a replacable cd drive...So far it doesn't look good. If I could get my external drive to run my rescue disks...
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    It will go to my desktop from safe mode but won't read my external cd drive. I go to my computer but no D drive...
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    Open My Computer, right-click on the C: drive, select properties. In the new window, click on the Tools tab, Error Checking> Check Now. Select both option and Start. It will prompt you that it can't run but will be scheduled at the next startup, reboot the pc and let chkdsk do it's work. Could be 2 hours depending on your drive size and pc speed.
    Most pc's in the past 5-8 years have a hidden partition with the recovery built into it, you just need to know what hotkey to hit when it's firing up in the intial BIOS screen. Google your pc brand + "system recovery". Some have it cooked into Windows (F8), others you need to hit F11, etc..

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    Well, I slid the first recovery disk in the non working d drive. Guess what...it ran. Slid the other one...it ran. After 435MB of windows updates, it workes like new.

    Thing that pisses me off is I traded 150$ of my heating and plumbing service for getting my computer straightened out. He said the d drive was bad as in no laser. So when I fukitup I thought the d drive was dead.

    Anyway, I learned a lot and thanx for the help
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