Can BibleWorks Be Installed on a Computer with No CD or DVD Drive?

The BibleWorks program is installed to a computer from optical media, that is, CDs or DVDs. Computers that have a DVD drive can take advantage of the DVD media. The process is more convenient when installing from a DVD, as disk swapping is not necessary.

Some computers, though, do not have an optical drive installed for one reason or another. The small "netbook" computers are an example of this. To install software to such a computer, it must be done via external media. One way is to mount a CD or DVD drive via a USB connection.

That is not the only solution, though. BibleWorks can be installed to such a computer by copying the data from the CDs or DVD to an external hard drive, or a flash drive. If installing from such a drive is to be done, be sure to take the following steps. Please note that the steps for copying data from one drive to another will differ slightly, depending on the version of Windows running on the computer on which this takes place.

Setting Up the External Drive for Copying

1. Verify that the external hard drive has sufficient free space.  (For BibleWorks 9, the installation files total about 12 GB.  For earlier versions the amount will be less.)
2. Connect the external drive to a computer that does have an optical (DVD or CD) drive.
3. Insert the Program Disk 1 in the computer.
4. Open "My Computer" (a.k.a. Windows Explorer) on the computer.
5. Verify that both the external hard drive and the BibleWorks disk are visible in the My Computer window.
6. View the contents of the external drive by clicking the icon for it in the folder tree.

- If the drive is empty, proceed to the next step.
- If the drive has other files, create a new folder named BibleWorks, and make that the active folder, then proceed. 

Copying Files to the External Drive

1. View the contents of the optical drive, that is, the DVD or CD, by clicking on the name of the drive in the folder tree, on the left.
2. Press the key combination of CTRL+A to select all files in the window. This can also be done by clicking EDIT on the menubar and choosing SELECT ALL from the menu.
3. Copy the selected data to the Windows Clipboard by pressing the keystroke combination of CTRL+C.
4. Click the external, removable drive to make it the active drive, then find and select the folder created for this task.
5. Perform the Paste action by clicking EDIT > PASTE, by right-clicking in the right-hand window and choosing PASTE, or by performing the keystroke combination CTRL+V.
6. If the installation media consists of multiple disks, whether DVDs or CDs, remove the disk currently in the drive and replace it with the next and repeat the steps above.  Continue this until the contents of all disks in the set have been copied to the folder.  (If performing this process to install BibleWorks 7,   
7. Remove the external drive from the computer when all copying is complete.

 Installing BibleWorks to the Computer

1. Start the computer to which BibleWorks is to be installed.
2. Check to make certain that there is enough free drive space for the installation to be performed.
3. Mount the external hard drive or flash drive by plugging into a USB port. Wait for Windows to recognize the drive.

- If a window opens offering choices, select the option to open a window to view the files on the drive.
- If no such menu appears, it may be necessary to open a "My Computer" window to view the contents of the drive.

4. If necessary, open the folder that contains the BibleWorks files, if they had been routed to a separate folder.
5. Find SETUP.EXE and double-click on it to execute it.
   (If file extensions do not display, the "EXE" will not show. The file to be executed must be an application file. The icon will appear in blues   and whites, and the file type will be an application file.)
6. Follow the installation steps from this point as prompted. Reboot the computer when the process is complete.


Last Updated: ELM/May 1, 2012

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