How to Start Your Windows Computer Without a Disk
If you have lost your Windows computer’s hard drive and you’re not sure how to reinstall the operating system, you can use your computer’s diskette drive to create a boot disk that will allow you to start your computer and run the Setup program, which helps you reinstall Windows on your computer’s hard drive.
Here are the steps to create the boot disk. Note that all these instructions assume you are using Microsoft Windows XP as your operating system, but they should also work for other versions of Windows.
Steps to take when your hard drive crashes
1. First, don’t panic. A hard drive crash can be stressful, but it doesn’t mean your data is gone forever.
2. Next, try to restart your computer. If that doesn’t work, then you’ll need to access your computer’s BIOS.
3. Once you’re in the BIOS, look for the option to boot from a USB drive or CD/DVD.
4. If you don’t see that option, then you’ll need to change the boot order so that your computer will try to boot from those devices first.
5. Once you’ve changed the boot order, insert your USB drive or CD/DVD and then restart your computer again.
You should now be able to choose between booting from your DVD or loading Windows from your USB drive. 6.
Choose whichever one you want, and let it load as usual. You may have to supply a password if there are other users on the computer with restricted permissions.
7. Once Windows has loaded up completely, reconnect any peripherals (e.g., mouse, keyboard) that were previously connected and do whatever you need to do to recover what was lost!
Buy an external hard drive
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have an extra computer lying around. But if you have an external hard drive, you can use it to start your computer without a disk.
Once you’ve plugged in the drive and restarted your computer, go to My Computer and look for the external drive on the left-hand side of the window. Double-click on that icon, then click Windows Explorer from the list of options.
Find the file labeled bootsect, which is usually found in the root directory of your external drive (you may need to open another window).
Double-click on that file, then click OK. Restart your computer and cross your fingers! You should now be able to log into your account as usual. If not, there’s still one more option: Boot from the installation CD.
After plugging in your CD or DVD player and restarting your computer, go to My Computer and find where it says CD/DVD Drive. Click on that line and find the .ISO file you downloaded earlier.
Right-click on it and select Open with -> Microsoft Windows Disc Image Burner. From there, just follow any prompts that come up to install Windows 7 onto your system once again!
Hard drive recovery
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about your hard drive until it’s too late. And then, when you need to recover data from a failed or damaged hard drive, you’re in for a world of hurt.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! With the right tools and techniques, you can easily recover data from any hard drive, no matter what the problem is. In this guide, we’ll go over some easy-to-follow steps on how to start your windows computer without a disk.
First, you’ll want to make sure your Windows installation DVD is handy. Next, power down your computer (hold down the power button for 10 seconds) and wait 10 seconds before powering back up.
When powering back up, hold down shift+f10 at boot time to get into command prompt mode and type diskpart (without quotes). Select list volume (again without quotes) and look for the drive with Windows 7, which should be labeled as System Reserved.
Now type in: select volume 1 (without quotes), hit enter, then type clean (without quotes), hit enter again. That will clear all information off of the disk so it can rebuild itself as if nothing happened.
Replacing your hard drive
If your computer is running slowly, or you’re noticing a lot of errors, it may be time to replace your hard drive. This can be a daunting task, but we’re here to help. We’ll cover the most common steps for replacing a hard drive in this post.
In order to remove the old hard drive, first remove any cables that are connected from the back of the old hard drive and take off any screws that might be holding it in place. You should also disconnect all external devices plugged into the computer such as an external monitor or printer before proceeding.
Once these connections have been removed and you’ve unscrewed any screws that might be holding it in place, carefully lift up on one side of the old harddrive until there’s enough space for you to slide your hand under and release the other side from its connection with motherboard and then pull out completely from the slot where it was sitting. Make sure to set the old harddrive aside somewhere safe so you don’t lose it! Now it’s time to install the new hard drive.
To do this, find a screwdriver that will fit through the screw holes on both sides of the new hard drive bracket and make sure it has long arms so that you can reach in and tighten down each screw securely.
Screwdriver-on-a-stick tools work great for this job because they give you extra room to move around.
Finally, attach the new harddrive by lining up the connector with its slot on motherboard and sliding it back into place–making sure not to twist or torque any parts of cable while connecting them together–and making sure everything is securely tightened down before reattaching any cables like power cords or mouse connectors.
Try another operating system on your old computer
We all have that old computer sitting in our house, collecting dust. But did you know that you can actually turn it into a great tool for learning about other operating systems? You don’t need a disk to do it, either. All you need is a bootable USB drive.
1) Get a live Linux distribution, like Knoppix or Ubuntu. 2) Format your USB stick (Linux instructions). 3) Make the file system read-write (Linux instructions).
4) Copy the Linux image to the root of the stick and unmount it (Linux instructions).
5) Boot from your USB stick and enjoy! Woot! Now we’re talking… How to start your windows computer without a disk. Lets get started with formatting the usb stick