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New computer no optical drive can I put app on SD USB

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    New computer no optical drive can I put app on SD USB


    I just bought a new Windows 8 computer that doesn't have an optical drive. I need to install Adobe CS3 and Office 2003 on my computer. Both are on disks, can I put them on USB or SD to instal.

    Len

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    Sure you can, you may not get it to autostart and will have to activate Setup/Install manualy. You can also start and install them from from HDD or external USB disk.
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    You may want to consider a external optical drive. Samsung has nice units under $40 usd, not only can you install software from disk but you can make a backup img of your system.
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    CDs / DVds are largely out, solid state memories are much better nowadays and with USB3 can be just as fast as conventional HDDs. Contrary to popular belief they do not last long, solid state storage can be relied on almost indefinitely.
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    I do just about everything from USB these days. I have a USB DVD Lightscribe burner but hardly ever use it. I use thumb drives for installing Windows and loading what drivers I need afterward. I keep office and other Microsoft software on another thumb drive. For backups I use external USB hard drives. The only time I use my optical drive is to install and play DRM protected media like games. I have autorun turned off as a safety precaution so I run everything manually anyway. It's usually not hard to figure out what file to run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I do just about everything from USB these days. I have a USB DVD Lightscribe burner but hardly ever use it. I use thumb drives for installing Windows and loading what drivers I need afterward. I keep office and other Microsoft software on another thumb drive. For backups I use external USB hard drives. The only time I use my optical drive is to install and play DRM protected media like games. I have autorun turned off as a safety precaution so I run everything manually anyway. It's usually not hard to figure out what file to run.
    That's the spirit. I have extensive collection of movies and music on DVDs but can trust them less and less because some of them even as they are kept in cool and dark place and begun transferring them to albeit used but still good HDDs. Before large USB solid state memories I used to carry whole bag of CDs when going for a service call and now just two USBs of 32 to 64 GB provide me with everything I need. A 16GB micro SD in a GSM 3G modem and emergency internet with appropriate tools. Best of all worlds and all fits in one small pocket. Something I dreamed for long time ago when I was doing much more of field service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I do just about everything from USB these days. I have a USB DVD Lightscribe burner but hardly ever use it. I use thumb drives for installing Windows and loading what drivers I need afterward. I keep office and other Microsoft software on another thumb drive. For backups I use external USB hard drives. The only time I use my optical drive is to install and play DRM protected media like games. I have autorun turned off as a safety precaution so I run everything manually anyway. It's usually not hard to figure out what file to run.
    That's the spirit. I have extensive collection of movies and music on DVDs but can trust them less and less because some of them even as they are kept in cool and dark place and begun transferring them to albeit used but still good HDDs. Before large USB solid state memories I used to carry whole bag of CDs when going for a service call and now just two USBs of 32 to 64 GB provide me with everything I need. A 16GB micro SD in a GSM 3G modem and emergency internet with appropriate tools. Best of all worlds and all fits in one small pocket. Something I dreamed for long time ago when I was doing much more of field service.
    That would be much more convenient.

    I will be moving to more usb as i picked up a pair or 64gb adata sticks at the newegg sale, $20 after rebate. I guess I need to get with it, I still have a floppy drive in one box...and use it some times.

    How are you transferring cd/dvd software to usb, just make a folder and copy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    I do just about everything from USB these days. I have a USB DVD Lightscribe burner but hardly ever use it. I use thumb drives for installing Windows and loading what drivers I need afterward. I keep office and other Microsoft software on another thumb drive. For backups I use external USB hard drives. The only time I use my optical drive is to install and play DRM protected media like games. I have autorun turned off as a safety precaution so I run everything manually anyway. It's usually not hard to figure out what file to run.
    That's the spirit. I have extensive collection of movies and music on DVDs but can trust them less and less because some of them even as they are kept in cool and dark place and begun transferring them to albeit used but still good HDDs. Before large USB solid state memories I used to carry whole bag of CDs when going for a service call and now just two USBs of 32 to 64 GB provide me with everything I need. A 16GB micro SD in a GSM 3G modem and emergency internet with appropriate tools. Best of all worlds and all fits in one small pocket. Something I dreamed for long time ago when I was doing much more of field service.
    That would be much more convenient.

    I will be moving to more usb as i picked up a pair or 64gb adata sticks at the newegg sale, $20 after rebate. I guess I need to get with it, I still have a floppy drive in one box...and use it some times.

    How are you transferring cd/dvd software to usb, just make a folder and copy?

    I just copy Paste or drag and drop there is really nothing magic about it. I have been carrying all my software installs on a USB 2.0 drive for years they load much faster at USB 2 speed than CD/DVD slow time. Now with USB 3.0 It just as fast as having another internal hard drive I'm not sure that I have the confidence to actually run programs from an external USB 3.0 Drive because I have more than enough room on my Notebook, but it could be and probably is a solution for a tablet and such platforms with limited hard drive space.
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    Thanks. Now that I think about it, it's really the smart way to go. My dvd burner well get a workout coping all my software to a usb stick.
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    That's about it, just copy the stuff where you want it kept, just like it was a HDD. In addition to that on one of them (an older 4GB) there's a Hireens' boot disk with Win 7 and Linux with a lots of test programs and utilities. Comes real handy for basic trouble shooting.
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