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Dumb Question:)

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by MikeB, 11 Sep 2009.

  1. MikeB

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 May 2006

    Posts: 1,629

    Does a PC have to be built with an internal DVD in it?, or could I do build with an external USB DVD R/W drive, reason I ask is that I am building a HTPC and want to hide the box and just use an external drive.

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. E1T5Y

    Gangster

    Joined: 16 Mar 2009

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    Location: ..i cant remember....

    For initial fresh install you may need to connect internally, after OS is installed you can leave out :)
     
  3. Beerbaron

    Soldato

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    Location: Beds

    external usb dvd drive should be fine
     
  4. J.B

    Soldato

    Joined: 16 Aug 2006

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    No such thing as dumb questions.

    Most modern motherboards will allow you to install an OS from an external CD drive. Just need to change the boot order in the BIOS.
     
  5. Kennysevenfold

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Glasgow

    This.

    Cant see it being a problem mate :)
     
  6. MikeB

    Wise Guy

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    thanks all
     
  7. JonJ678

    Capodecina

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    Location: England

    Can install from usb instead. I don't have an optical drive in my computer :)
     
  8. MikeB

    Wise Guy

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    going to try external dvd first, but good suggestion !
     
  9. Wakinglimb

    Wise Guy

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    Location: London

    I've regularly built PCs from a USB DVD drive. Laptops and HTPCs, is no problem with a modern BIOS.
     
  10. MikeB

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 23 May 2006

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    will let you all know how i get on tomorrow :)