Re: dvd rom wont boot
Probably Hardware failure?
Do you have a spare DVD drive laying around?
You might be able to make your Passport bootable, just make sure you can put it at the top of the boot list without it changing positions. Yes you can also make your spare IDE HDD bootable, you will just need to install an OS on it.
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