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Windows 7: Not Able to Boot from External DVD Drive

20 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Not Able to Boot from External DVD Drive


I have HP DV7 1130US, My DVD Rom have been stopped working long time ago, I am in need to install fresh copy of Windows 7, Today i bought new Samsung SE-S084 External DVD Writer, at the time of installation i went to BIOS and checked option to Boot from External DVD Writer but i couldn't find such option in boot options, can any1 please tell me how to solve that problem ?

Boot order is set as below,

USB Diskette on Key/USB Hard Disk
USB Floppy
Internal CD/DVD ROM Drive
Notebook Hard Drive
Network Adapter

Thanks in advance !!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

I think pressing f8 when booting should give you the boot menu, where you can choose the External DVD drive!!

Mind you looking at your edit, it may not support an external DVD drive.

Try the f8 menu first. Make sure your DVD Rom is connected and turned on.

Here is what mine looks like with my Lite-On DVD Rom External connected.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2011   #3

windows 7 enterprise 32bit

from your posting it doesn't look your bios supports booting from usb dvd drives.

all's not lost though.
if you have a usb stick big enough you could make that bootable.

this would require a couple of tasks,
1, you'll have to turn your win7 dvd into an ISO. basically a file copy of the complete dvd.
2, you need to make your usb bootable and copy the iso onto it.

1. can be achieved by using any free iso ripping software. I use Magicdisc from here myself. Mount ISO Files - Freeware MagicDisc Download
once this is installed it hides away in the systray, the icon is a hand cupping a cd.
if you right click this icon then select make iso from dvd/cd
you need to give a file name, nothing flash needed, sometimes I copy the cd label but it's not important.
you also need to change the output type to ISO, this however is VERY IMPORTANT. save this file to the root of c: or somewhere you have space, not the usb key though. lol.

2. download this app Download UNetbootin, Universal Netboot Installer from

once this is installed it's pretty intuitive how to use it.

Oh I forgot to add this is VERY important also any data you have on the usb stick will be deleted so make sure you copy stuff off first. preferably not onto the computer you want to blast away either...


let use know how you get on.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 Jan 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1

Thanks for posting that anta, that was my next step
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Jan 2011   #5

windows 7 enterprise 32bit

no worries, my pleasure.

btw, cool name !!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional

I don't option of booting from External CD/DVD Writer, i tried to find that option sevrel times in my BIOS but i couldn't find that option anywhere, I assume that my Asus PK5V Motherboard doesn't support External writer, somehow i installed windows from my Internal DVD writer,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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