How do I make my hard drive bootable?

September 21, 2010 at 21:38:43
Specs: Windows XP MCE, ?/512mb
I have an Hp pavilion zd800. I contracted a virus and have decided to reformat the drive. Unfortunately the virus is so extensive that it has blocked me from doing almost anything that would potentially fix the problem. I went ahead and removed the hard disk, a 80gb parallel drive, and connected it to my desktop via an IDE to USB cable.
I just formatted the disk and immediately realized it was probably a bad idea. the cd rom drive does not work and my bios does not boot from USB, nor do i have a way to update the BIOS (to my knowledge).
I would like to know if there is a way to somehow create an autorun command line on the drive that will allow me to install XP again. or any other solution that anyone can think of.

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#1
September 21, 2010 at 23:04:49
the boot order isn't set correct, enter bios and set it like this (1. Fdd 2. Cd/dvd drive 3. Hdd etc.) or watch the post screen (press pause key to freeze post screen) for a special key (eg. F12 boot order)

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#2
September 22, 2010 at 01:55:45
don't mean to be a jerk but, did you even read my post? I'm trying to put a fresh xp install on the hard drive but i'm doing it from another computer because my laptop will not read any removable media whatsoever.

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#3
September 22, 2010 at 04:23:11
"I'm trying to put a fresh xp install on the hard drive but i'm doing it from another computer"

It doesn't work that way. XP will configure itself for the other system. When you move the drive back into the system you want to run it in & attempt to boot, XP will recognize the difference in hardware & display a blue screen. You *may* be able to pull it off if you follow these instructions:

http://michaelstevenstech.com/movin...


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