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Sony Vaio PCG-R600HFPD Windows Install problem.

kreeyon
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I have a Sony Vaio PCG-R600HFPD it's one of these small laptops that doesn't have a CD drive, it's quite old running a Pentium 3 processor.  I need to format the hard drive and re-install Windows.  How do i go about doing this without a CD drive fitted.

I have an external USB CD drive but can't get it to boot from it.  Is there any way of achieving this?
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Soodsunil's answer is good, but you might have a simpler option.

Pre-installed laptops almost always have a hidden partition on them from which you can re-install Windows from. Often they need a recovery CD/disk that would have been supplied with the PC, but sometimes you can access it during bootup by pressing a particular key. This varies from one PC to another so you might have to see if you get a message on screen about it during the boot, or refer to the documentation for your PC.

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Hi

I'm assuming you've checkout out the CD-ROM drivers available for download here:

http://support.vaio.sony.co.uk/downloads/updates/updates.asp?site=voe_en_GB_cons&c=0&s=PCG-R600&m=606

right ?

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Commented:
Thanks, i will try soodsunil: suggestion.  There's no hidden partitions on this drive, and none of the drivers on the sony site allow booting from an external USB CD drive.
Hi

only one simple method come in my mind but you need to find an other computer with the same kind of processor and a cd drive. just put you hdd in this computer, do the XP install and put your hdd back in your computer.
for my own use I put hdds in external hdd cases (usb) and I copy images of the desired OS. the thing is to have images of an OS already done. I use acronis true image to buid the images. It could be interesting for you if you don't want to do this each time you want to format. you can use it for backing up as well.
regards

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Thanks soodsunil: your solution worked.
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