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Windows 7: old computer new installation

18 May 2014   #1
tapuz

windows 8.1 pro
 
 
old computer new installation

a friend of mine has a toshiba satellite 1905-s301 laptop, originally had windows xp installed on it.
the hard disk crashed, therfore another reason to install another operating system.

the problem is, the above model doesn't allow booting from a usb port. the cd reader doesnt read, therfore making it a big challenge "how" to install another operating system.

any ideas would be appreciated.

thanks


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18 May 2014   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

If you can't use USB or CD/DVD drive I know of no way to install Windows.

As old as the laptop is I doubt it has the hardware to handle Windows 7.
It came new with Norton 2002.



http://support.toshiba.com/support/s...mTOCLink=false
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18 May 2014   #3
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Cheap external usb DVD drive. Or load OS to the target HDD via another computer with drivers for the lappy?
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18 May 2014   #4
tapuz

windows 8.1 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Cheap external usb DVD drive.
tried that, its the same problem, it will not let it boot from there, we tried the disk in another computer, no problem. we assumed it recognizes it as a usb, not a disk, and therefore unbootable.

maybe there is a way to install through a working computer on the hard disk, then to connect the hard disk?

what you wrote:
Or load OS to the target HDD via another computer with drivers for the lappy?
how would one do that?
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18 May 2014   #5
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

That looks to be your only option is use the target drive in another computer and load the OS and drivers to it then install to the lappy......good luck.
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18 May 2014   #6
tapuz

windows 8.1 pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
That looks to be your only option is use the target drive in another computer and load the OS and drivers to it then install to the lappy......good luck.
great, how would i do that?
if i connect via usb connection, the installation would not allow it
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18 May 2014   #7
linnemeyerhere

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I'm looking through our SF tutorials for a situation like this to aid in a step by step and not finding. I wonder if the issue could be getting the laptops drivers installed? To me you should be able to use another lappy of even a desktop and remove or unplug it's hdd's and then hook yours up and install away including your driver disk for your laptop. But as I've never done this I'm not sure I want you to invest all this effort till we check things out and get a second opinion.
Have you checked to see if the laptop is powerful enough to run W7 well?
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18 May 2014   #8
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Looking quickly at Toshiba's site for this lappy I'm not seeing even Vista supported for updated drivers.

You may be asking too much from this machine and it's limited processor and ram!
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18 May 2014   #9
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
To me you should be able to use another lappy of even a desktop and remove or unplug it's hdd's and then hook yours up and install away including your driver disk for your laptop.
In line with that kind of thinking, maybe option two of this tutorial would help,

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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18 May 2014   #10
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tapuz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
That looks to be your only option is use the target drive in another computer and load the OS and drivers to it then install to the lappy......good luck.
great, how would i do that?
if i connect via usb connection, the installation would not allow it
warning   Warning
I've done this and know it works. However, as it is rather unorthodox method, I will take no responsibility. If you decide to try, it's your own risk.

You need another laptop for this (a desktop is OK, too, if it accepts and can use the HDD intended for your old Toshiba as a system disk):
  • Remove the (first) HDD from the second laptop, connect the HDD you want to use on the old Toshiba
  • Boot normally from Windows install media, install Windows
  • When Windows boots to desktop first time after the installation, generalize Windows as told in Method One in this tutorial: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
  • Remove the HDD from the second laptop, reconnect its original HDD
  • Connect the HDD to your old Toshiba laptop
  • Boot
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