If you have another computer that you can work with, you can purchase or borrow a USB-IDE external hard drive reading device - i'd lean towards purchasing since you may need it in the future and you can always use it as a backup external hard drive. Unscrew the hard drive from the laptop, unscrew the hard drive from the hard drive tray assembly and insert it into the USB-IDE external device.
Connect the USB-IDE external hard drive device that into the USB port on a desktop computer or another laptop computer. Copy any files that you want to rescue or save from the laptop's hard drive. Then once you have saved any files you wish to save, keep the USB-IDE external device connected and format your hard drive through the alternate computer. After you have formatted the hard drive via the USB-IDE external device, you should be able to reinstall Windows on the hard drive. Remove the hard drive from the USB-IDE device and re-insert it into the laptop chassis.
Re-install Windows XP.
Edited by Cyb3r_Ninj@, 05 December 2007 - 06:35 PM.