external cd rewriter/booting from

  marcia 18:23 12 Feb 03

i am about to format a compac evo d510 USDT.
CD ROM DRIVE is damaged, i cannot find a multibay
anywhere!! i will be running windows xp. which
is reebootable from cd rom,ho-ever,i decided i will purchase an IOMEGA external cd rewriter/usb.
port. i would like to know if and WHEN! my pc. crashes can i reboot from external cd re writer??
help please,i am a mere WOMAN

  Sir Radfordin™ 18:42 12 Feb 03

The fact that you are a women shouldn't affect the problem ;-)

I don't think this will work because of how USB drivers are loaded.

You could always try it by seeing if you can set the BIOS to boot from the USB-CDROM now. Stick the XP disk in and see if you can boot from it. If you can't you have the answer to the question.

  Sir Radfordin™ 19:03 12 Feb 03

p.s much better response likely in the helproom!

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