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Reformat XP without cdrom


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#1 jon2

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 12:33 AM

I need a thorough step on how to reformat my os which is in drive c and reformat using usb. I have 2 partitions drive c and d. Is it possible to reformat my computer from the partitioned drive or removable drive like usb? I have downloaded the program winsetupfromusb.exe and followed the instructions but my Hitachi computer which do have have a built in cdrom doesn't work. I tried to edit the boot options but I can't see any option to boot from usb.

Pls. Help me . I need to reformat my pc immediately and wanted to get rid from bots. It seems that my antispyware programs and antivirus doesn't work anymore or just been hijacked.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 12:50 AM

Unless you BIOS will allow you to boot from the USB you won't be able to load the OS from there.

What make and model is your computer?

Do you have the installation CD for the OS?

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#3 jon2

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 01:22 AM

Flora 310 DPI. No it doesn't support booting from usb. I already copied the setup files to my usb and to the other partition. Is it possible to upgrade my bios?

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 01:23 AM

Hitachi Flora 310 DPI with built in cdrom so i can't install new one because it's hard to deassemble and assemble it.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 01:42 AM

One thing you can do is try to install using a network boot (If your pc supports it). Usually you can tell if you start it up and it comes to a PXE boot screen (looking for a boot place). Let us know if you have one.

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 01:59 AM

please ellaborate. I'm a newbie I can't understand those terms. What i only know is just to reformat booting from cdrom. what i want is to preserve drive d and reformat drive c and install xp. Tnx

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 02:46 AM

PXE boot is an option that allows your computer to search for somewhere to boot from on a network. Usually when you turn it on, you might see a screen that says:

DHCP....

This is looking for an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server to download files from. Sometimes if you have a laptop that has an SD Card reader, you can load the XP files to that directly (from another computer), and boot to a floppy image. Do you have an SD port on there? (Usually Toshiba Laptops have this)

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Posted 24 December 2008 - 05:15 AM

I'm afraid to say no. How about MS DOS but i don't have experience with it.




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