Issues reformating vista with external drive

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Mandatwo

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I'm not entirely sure this is the place for this, but here's hoping!

I'm trying to clean out my Dell XPS 1330 laptop and start anew, however the internal DVD drive has not been working in a long time. I recently obtained an external drive having been told I can boot from the disc in this manner but I can't seem to get it to do so. So far I have uninstalled my internal drive and changed the letter of my external drive just in case. I have changed boot sequence to USB>DVD>HDrive. The external drive is getting power, and is on when the laptop starts. I have tested to make sure the recovery disc is still working by inserting it into another computer and it is completely fine. I have also confirmed that the BIOS has the latest update and that the external drive is in perfect working condition.

On some occasions when trying to boot from the drive it won't even pretend it's giving it the old college try and immedietly loads up windows normally. Other times I will get a message saying that windows failed to start, and get the list of options on how I would like to go ahead with booting. If I press F12 and try to boot with the DVD option (there is no USB option here), then I get the windows failed to start screen again.

I am completely at a loss what to do from here and help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

PS - I do not have a flash drive, so I will not be able to reformat in this manner instead.
 
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