Mods: I tried searching for a thread about this, but the system rejects small words and common words so that failed. I did my part there so on with my question. My Toshiba Portege 3490CT has no optical drive built in and though I can get a "docking station", this is the only thing I would use it for. I tried running a base XP Pro install with the drive in a Tecra 8200, but it would BSOD during boot, even in safe mode. Likely XP Pro locks itself to a particular system because it was the NT kernel that asploded. What I do have: 2.5" to 3.5" interface adapter I can put the laptop drive in my desktop but that's it. No floppy, nothing. I found a technique involving reformat of the drive with FAT32, install of DOS 7.10, copying of everything from the i386 directory of the XP disc and jumping through hoops but is there an easier way?