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how can i reformat my xp without a working cdrom drive?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Hey check this free software out called Kill Disk.exe this thing will work on boot up and destroy all data on one hard drive. http://www.kildisk.com

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  • 1 decade ago

    You will need to have a reference point of some sort, such as an external drive that the Drive to be formatted can see. You can reformat with a floppy disk, but the big question is how can you get the setup files to the drive?

    So, if you have a second PC, you can try and connect the drive that way... but then, the only way I am aware of that will work is if the second PC acts as a server. It will be very easy to get a ghost image on to the drive if you have a network? However, your bootdisk will need network drivers. So basically, you would find it easier to use a CD drive somehow. Especially since CD drives are so cheap.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Unless you have access to an external USB CD-Rom, you cannot reformat, as all the files are on a CD.

    With the price of a new drive being what they are, I'd suggest to get a new one, they are not hard to self install.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    if your CD drive isn't working, check your not putting the IDE cable in upside down, it stops it working, make sure the jumpers on the back are configured correctly, if you can't get it to work, buy a new one you can do so for less than 20 dollors now, just a basic 1, hook it up 2 your mobo, and away you go

    Source(s): being far to lonley teaches you much about many things
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Use an old windows 98SE floppy boot disk with format.com on the floppy.

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  • 1 decade ago

    you cant

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