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Can I Reformat Without A Cd Drive?


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#1 krackers

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 03:05 AM

Hi everyone! this is my first post here and i hope someone can help me out!

i've got an old computer (pentium 1 or 2 i think - its over 10 years old) which i haven't used in ages. its got a liteon cd drive but it doesn't show up in my computer. i've opened the computer up and checked the connections and everything seems ok. i looked in device manager but it doesn't show up in that either (the floppy drive does though). i also opened up setup by pressing f2 at start up and the cd drive doesn't show up in that list either. the cd drive was working when i last used it though.

i wanted to reformat it and give it to my aunty who needs a computer. is it possible to reformat it since the cd drive is not working? the computer has windows xp home editions on it and i have also have the cd.

(wasn't sure if i was supposed to post this in the windows xp or hardware thread - sorry if i was wrong...)

thanks!

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 03:35 AM

Hi Krackers, and welcome to BleepingComputer.

If the computer is working, why not just delete all of the personal information and files and let her have it as is?

Do you have another computer that you could borrow the CD-ROM from to reinstall XP?

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 04:31 AM

jeez...thanks for the quick reply!

i guess i could do that but it wouldn't be deleted as thoroughly (if that makes sense?) as reformatting it? i don't have another cd drive. i only have a laptop and i'm pretty sure i can't take the cd drive outta that...

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 06:40 AM

You can reformat the drive with a floppy disk or a USB flash drive - but you won't be able to reinstall Windows XP on it without a CD drive.
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 06:46 AM

If it's not showing up in the BIOS, are you sure the power connectors in properly?
If it's in the socket, but not properly connected, it won't show up.

Had that problem once before and it took me forever to work out what was going on.....
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Posted 01 July 2008 - 02:35 AM

Thanks everyone! I decided to give it to my aunty without the cd drive working - just deleted alotta stuff using spybot's shredder. Thanks!




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