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troubleshooting Question

"Insert system disk in drive" error.

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I recently formatted my laptop hard drive by using an enclosure to connect it to another laptop through usb. The laptop is a Toshiba S2450-101 from 2003. It does not have an internal fdd. I have a usb one but cannot boot from usb as this option is not allowed in the bios. I have an internal cd-rom drive but I suspect this is not working. I shall explain the problem in detail below.

So now I am trying to install Windows Xp back on to the drive using the Toshiba recovery cd rom. However, with the cd in the drive, when I boot up the laptop I see the below.

Intel (R) Boot Agent Version 3.3.03
Copyright (C) 1997-2000, Intel Corporation.
PXE-E61: Media test failure check cable.
PXE-M0F: Exiting Intel PXE ROM.
Insert system disk in drive.
Press any key when ready.

A couple of points to note -
1) The BIOS boot order has been setup to CD ROM>>LAN>>HDD. And there is no option to have it as CD ROM>>HDD etc. in that order.
2) I know the hard drive is not toast because when I use an enclosure to connect it through usb to another laptop, I am able to use it fine.
3) I also know the Toshiba recovery cd is working because when I load it on another laptop before booting up it comes up with the Toshiba recovery Cd splash screen.

I've also tried taking my hard drive and connecting it internally with another laptop, hoping to use the CD ROM there with a Windows XP disc in the cd drive. But that didnt work either. For some strange reason all it does with this setting is to continuously restart with the above mentioned error displayed after every restart.

Also, could you please let me know if it is possible to install Windows XP on a hard drive connected through a usb enclosure. I would do this by copying the i386 folder onto the usb'ed hard drive (F:) and loading up the WINNT32.exe file from that. I am worried that this would actually install XP on C: instead of on F: (usb'ed dhard drive).

Thanks for your time.
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