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Jun 19, 2009

I recently had my CD/dvdrw drive crash. It plays DVDs but not CDs and I need the CD portion to work.

Unfortunately I think I'm going to order one from dell and its going to take 5 business days (7 days cause of the weekend) and I need to boot up an operating system via CD for work.

My bios says that it can be started from a USB storage device, but my external CD drive doesn't even seem like its powered up when I restart.

In my bios, I have the boot option set to USB storage device and have it set as priority over any other boot option. I just paid for this external drive today, and things are still looking grim.

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