OS install without a disk - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > Hardware Repairs and Troubleshooting
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-03-2009, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 15
Default OS install without a disk

I have an hp pavilion dv6500 with a bad hard drive and a faulty disk drive. Its under warranty but HP is claiming its not. I am looking for a cheap, possibly even temporary fix that would allow my to use my notebook while I try to resolve some issues with HP.

I do have an external hard drive with a blank partition. Im thinking I could use my external hard drive as a temporary internal hard drive. I have swapped theses drives before and know they are interchangeable.


Is there a way to install an OS, Linux or Win Vista, without using a CD?

Thank you for the help.
__________________

erabyss2 is offline  
Old 01-03-2009, 08:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
Yek
T.F's Resident Cool Guy...
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,613
Send a message via AIM to Yek Send a message via MSN to Yek Send a message via Yahoo to Yek
Default Re: OS install without a disk

Sure is, you can in fact install XP from a USB flash drive.
Can you use Google or do you need assistance with this?

I dug out the link for you: Windows In Your Pocket : Introduction - Review Tom's Hardware

Cheers,

~ Tkey
__________________

Yek is offline  
Old 01-03-2009, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)

Triforcer
 
Baez's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 6,987
Default Re: OS install without a disk

Linux can be done through USB as well.
__________________


Baez is offline  
Old 01-03-2009, 11:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
There and Back again
 
Nukem's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chattanooga, TN
Posts: 4,402
Default Re: OS install without a disk

Have you tried to reload the OS from the installed partition? You can usually restore it to factory specs that way... if it's just severe corruption in the OS, it might be fixed with doing that. Now the disk drive is another issue.. but it's something to try if nothing else, and if it is dead, then no harm done... you'll need a new HDD anyway.
__________________



Dell 4K S2817Q / Logitech Z-680 / Func MS3 Mouse / Corsair K70 LUX rgb
NZXT Source 530 / i5-7600K / Corsair H100i v2 / ASRock Z270 Extreme4
SM951 M2 256GB / 850 evo 1TB / Seagate 2TB / WD 2TB
2x16GB Vengeance LPX DDR4 3000 / evga Classified GTX 980 ti / Seasonic M12II 850W

Nukem is offline  
Old 01-03-2009, 12:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
Alvin.C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: United Kingdom
Posts: 2,580
Default Re: OS install without a disk

Hello,

About your warranty, have you checked to see if it is still active using the HP Warranty Checker?
__________________
Alvin.C
linkedin.com/in/alvinwkchan

|Gaming PC| |Dell Latitude E7250| |Macbook Air 13" (Mid 2013)|
|Windows 10 Pro (x64)| |Intel Core i5-6600 @ 3.3 GHz| |MSI NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X| |Noctua NH-D15S CPU Cooler| |Gigabyte GA-Z170MX-GAMING 5 mATX Motherboard| |Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD| |Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4-SDRAM| |OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W Modular PSU| |NZXT Vulcan Micro ATX Case|
Alvin.C is offline  
Old 01-04-2009, 06:56 AM   #6 (permalink)
Newb Techie
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 15
Default Re: OS install without a disk

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alvin.C View Post
Hello,

About your warranty, have you checked to see if it is still active using the HP Warranty Checker?
Thanks, Ive been there. HP claims they have no record of my warranty. I have the receipts and have sent them copies. HP still denies me my warranty. No its not expired, its "lost" from the HP database.

Thanks everyone. Ill look into installing linux from a USB. I knew it could be run from a USB but never have been able to figure it out.
__________________

erabyss2 is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
BSOD problems yet again. IBM/PS1 Microsoft Windows and Software 36 08-25-2008 07:54 PM
How to Use WinXP Pro Upgrade Disk for Clean Install apru82 Microsoft Windows and Software 2 05-15-2008 12:48 PM
500gig externaal usb HD ziceman Microsoft Windows and Software 6 03-13-2008 01:24 AM
XP install with different disk? kprtop Microsoft Windows and Software 5 10-26-2007 05:59 PM
Can I install Vista with this disk. computerlover Microsoft Windows and Software 12 07-15-2007 09:14 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.