Formating my computer with MS XP

Toshiba / Satellite pro m30
April 18, 2009 at 08:15:01
Specs: Windows XP, Centrino 1.6 Ghz, 512MB RAM DDR2
I have been trying to format my pc with
Windows XP SP3, yes it is legal, however, the
DVD/CD ROM has broken down and does not
read a bootable disk. This means that i cannot
stick in the CD, format and install a fresh copy
of windows.

I have tried to make a boot-able flash drive but
that is very difficult especially when you don't
have a floppy drive to obtain the boot-able files,
and on top of that, not all flash disks are boot-

As you have noticed, the computer is a laptop
and when i took out the hard drive i noticed
that the connection isn't standard IDE, which
means that i cannot connect it to my other pc
with which i am writing this plea for help. The
connection isn't SATA, of that i am sure.

Please help me if you can. All help will be

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April 18, 2009 at 08:21:51
Moving the hard drive to another computer to install Windows wouldn't work very well anyway.

Your best solution is to fix or replace the optical drive. If it is just a matter of not reading disks then using a lense cleaning kit may fix it. If your CD drive is mounted in a removable drive bay you may even be able to clean the lense without a kit by just using rubbing alcohol on a Q-tip. It would depend on whether or not the top of the drive is open.

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April 18, 2009 at 11:39:54
Do you have a CD drive on your other computer then?

I used the below guide when i installed vista onto my Netbook.
I'm aware that you are installing XP and not vista but the commands should work the same. All the usb sticks i have seem to work as bootable.

Be very careful when using diskpart command. You may accidentily select the wrong disk an wipe the wrong hardrive.

Good Luck

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April 18, 2009 at 13:00:37
Replace the defective optical drive!

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