Re formating drive C and Re installing win XP without a CD rom drive ??

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Suzzistar

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Hello guys,

I need to reformat Drive C in my laptop and then re install Win XP, but the thing is my CD rom drive is not working, so im unable to boot up the machine and install XP. How ever i have an external CD/DVD RW drive and also an Eternal Hard disk and USB pen drive and Windows 98, Me, 2000 and XP and Win 7 CD's

So Is there a any way to install Win XP back on Drive C using the resources i have ?
 

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only if you have the option in the bios to boot from USB , I suspect you dont as XP is quite old - a lot of new machines allows for booting from external DVD and USB devices

you may have a recovery partition on the drive

whats the make and exact model of the PC

if you can still access the windows on the PC
control panel>
administrative tools>
computer management >
disk management >
post a screen shot
Disk 0 may have a hidden partition

To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.
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Hiii Thanks for the reply Etaf,

I still haven't formated the Drive C and i hope i can do the formatting part using the external CD/DVD rom drive ya ?
I check the bios screen and went to the boot order section under boot devices as i can rem, and there were options which involves USB, although im not sure whether they will work after i format the drive C:/ hmmm

THis is a HP Compaq Presario C700 i have attached the screen shot you requested. :)

and cant i download the XP setup files from the CD to a different partition of the primary hard disk and then install it from there ? after formating C
 

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on HP drive D: is often set as the recovery partition

heres details on how to do a system recovery using that partition
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&docname=bph07145
BUT first make a note of all your hardware in device manager
OR
you can use a program like www.belarc.com - and keep that available as you will need to download all the drivers for that machine - I would do that first and also download them all and make a copy onto USB
heres a link to that model
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...Id=135&prodTypeId=321957&prodSeriesId=3466274
you need the EXACT model number and then click on that link to get to all the drivers
 
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