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how to reinstall an OS on a Dell Mini without CD/DVD drives

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I received a Dell Mini from a media provider as a gift for switching my media services.  I would like to do a clean install of the OS.  The mini came with the OS and driver CD's, but the computer does not have a CD/DVD drive.  Before undertaking this endeavor I want to make sure I can do it this way.  Can I copy the contents of the CD's onto a USB drive and install the OS and drivers from the USB drive (I have a Desktop that I can transfer from the CD to the USB)?  Or is there another method to do this.  Thanks for any answers. 

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TheRealFireblad
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Re: how to reinstall an OS on a Dell Mini without CD/DVD drives

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Both Vista and XP can be installed from a USB pendrive.  There are many articles on the web explaining how to do it. 

 

Here are a couple of XP guides:  Installing Windows XP Using A USB Flash Drive / Installing Windows XP on a PC using a USB flash drive.

 

For Vista... there are so many guides available, I might as well just provide a link to all the hits from a Google search for 'InstaIling Windows Vista using a USB drive?'.

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DELL-Larry R
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Re: how to reinstall an OS on a Dell Mini without CD/DVD drives

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I'm not sure what exactly is needed to do this, but I have heard of numerous people that have done OS installs via USB key in the past.  Most recently I have heard of it done specifically with the Mini 9, so you should be able to.

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Tommieking
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Re: how to reinstall an OS on a Dell Mini without CD/DVD drives

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I think you need a external cd/dvd drive.

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TheRealFireblad
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Re: how to reinstall an OS on a Dell Mini without CD/DVD drives

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Both Vista and XP can be installed from a USB pendrive.  There are many articles on the web explaining how to do it. 

 

Here are a couple of XP guides:  Installing Windows XP Using A USB Flash Drive / Installing Windows XP on a PC using a USB flash drive.

 

For Vista... there are so many guides available, I might as well just provide a link to all the hits from a Google search for 'InstaIling Windows Vista using a USB drive?'.

From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!

 

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Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
17" UltraSharp WUXGA Widescreen TFT (1920 x 1200) with TrueLife
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 @ 2.50GHz (800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
DUAL 512MB Nvidia 8800M GTX cards in SLi + 128MB Ageia PhysX
640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
Integrated 2MP Webcam
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
4-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SSD/MMC/MS Pro/xD)

230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

beversoll
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Re: how to reinstall an OS on a Dell Mini without CD/DVD drives

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Just an update.  I was able to install from a USB drive.  I used one of the articles that came up in your Google search, TheRealFireBlade.  The only problem I ran into pertained to whether or not my motherboard could boot from a USB drive.  I could not find a yes or no answer through my research, so I tried it anyways.  Well, it worked. 

 

thanks

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parvazkhan
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Re: how to reinstall an OS on a Dell Mini without CD/DVD drives

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I'm not sure what exactly is needed to do this, but I have heard of numerous people that have done OS installs via USB key in the past.  Most recently I have heard of it done specifically with the Mini 9, so you should be able to.

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Re: how to reinstall an OS on a Dell Mini without CD/DVD drives

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