Cheap Bootable Optical Drives for Toshiba Tablet PCs

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So, if you've purchased one of the Tablet PCs Toshiba makes and tried booting from an external CD or DVD ROM that Toshiba doesn't make, you already know that it can't be done.  As it turns out, only a small number of optical drives are actually bootable on these things, and different drives are supported on different models.  To save you the headache, here's a list of supported drives.  Not only that, I've scoured the net for the cheapest place to purchase them and included links below.

Portege M200

  • Toshiba CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive (PA3352U-1CD2) (Currently $69 through this link only)
  • Toshiba DVD Super Multi-Drive USB 2.0 (PA3401U-1DV2)
  • Targus Slim Line DVD/CD-ROM PC Card Drive (NWDVD04)
  • Targus Slim Line DVD/CD-ROM PC Card Drive (NWDVD03)
  • Toshiba DVD/CD-ROM PC Card Drive (PA3246U-1DVD)
  • Targus USB 2.0 DVD/CD-RW Slim External (PACMB010U)
  • Tablet PC Multi Dock (PA3315U-1PRP)

Portege 3500/3505

  • Targus Slim Line DVD/CD-ROM PC Card Drive (NWDVD04)
  • Targus Slim Line DVD/CD-ROM PC Card Drive (NWDVD03)
  • Toshiba DVD/CD-ROM PC Card Drive (PA3246U-1DVD

Portege 2000

  • Targus PC Card DVD/CD-ROM Drive (PA950U)
  • Targus PC Card DVD/CD-ROM Drive (NW24XCD)
  • PORT-NoteWorthy Enhanced Slimline DVD/CD-ROM PC Card Drive (NWDVDPR)

I've heard of others working, but these are the only ones officially supported by Toshiba.  When I know for sure another drive works, I'll update the list.  Please let me know if you've tested one that's not on this list.

4 comments to “Cheap Bootable Optical Drives for Toshiba Tablet PCs”

  1. Comment by Jim Berman:

    So, I have an M205, is the PA3352u-1cd2, a bootable drive for this unit as well?

  2. Comment by Chris Brunner:

    Yes, Jim, it should be.

  3. Comment by Edwin Tucker:

    Is the PA3352U-1CD2 a bootable drive for the old Portege 3480CT?
    Thanks

  4. Comment by Rick Eshbach:

    I have an old Portege 3500 with no operating system. I tried to load Windows XP on it with a standard PCMCIA external CD drive and … you know what happened. Were do I go for a CD drive that will work? Do you have any left? Thanks!
    Rick

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