week I got my hands on LG's brand new and recently released
X110 Netbook with embedded HSDPA which I want to test as an alternative to
the HTC Shift UMPC.
Since the LG X110 sports a massive 160 GB hard disk drive, I planned to
partition it into two drives, C: and D: which I do with most of my PCs and
Notebooks anyway. While C: holds the operating system (in this case Netbook-typical
Windows XP only) and programs, D: is used to store all my documents. The benefit
is that I don't have to take care about my documents in case I have to
re-install the operating system because D: isn't formatted or deleted but C:
only. However, since the LG X110 is a typical
doesn't features an inbuilt optical drive which makes installation of an OS a
little bit more difficult.
Installing programs later isn't the problem at all since you can do this
through the network from another PC anyway but to install the operating system,
you either need an external optical (USB) CD-ROM or DVD drive or you have to
install it from a USB stick or SD card.
While I hadn't planned to install the OS again, I had to do so because LG was
somewhat loveless when it factory installed the software package. For some
reasons, the main partition was damaged which prevent me from splitting the
existing partition into two but I was rather forced to delete the main partition
to create a new one which I had to format after to get the HDD fixed.
I found a pretty
good tutorial here (with all required tools) about how to create a bootable
USB stick/SD card to install Windows XP from on a Netbook. But since I was
travelling last week, I neither had a proper USB stick with me nor worked any of
the SD cards I had. All I carried was my
Samsung SGH-i900 Omnia
Windows Mobile smartphone which has a massive 8 GB inbuilt flash memory which
can be used as an USB drive.
So I backed-up the content from my Omnia and closely followed the tutorial.
First I formatted the Omnia's inbuilt memory to
NTFS and made it bootable by
copying the Windows XP Professional files to it later. Then I changed the boot
priority of the LG Netbook, attached the USB cable to the X110 and turned on the
the Netbook again and here we go, while the previous attempts with the SD cards
failed, the Windows XP setup started straight from my Omnia smartphone.
Cheers ~ Arne