Hi Chameleon, thank you so very much for replying and helping me, I really appreciate it.
I have already contacted PC Laptops and they just want me to bring the puter in and let them do it for me and even though they won't charge me anything to do it, I really do not want to do that. Besides the fact that I don't like leaving my puter, especially with my XP disk, I have a hard time moving the puter around, it is rather heavy and I really do not have anyone around who can load it into my car for me. Last time I did it I ended up getting hurt so I don't want to do it again. PC Laptops do not make housecalls even if they are paid to so yesterday I called a few other techs who do make house calls to ask some questions and see if they would be willing to be my safety net and come bail me out should I run into trouble doing all this and they will. They also told me that with as old as my system is, I most likely will not need drivers for anything as XP should have them all, with the exception of the raid thing which I do not want to use. They also told me that if I do need drivers, I won't need them until after XP is totally loaded on my system and if that is the case, I should be alright as I should have everything available then.
Even tho what you suggested about another hard drive is a great idea, I do not have access to another hard drive or the ability to put it. I do however have most of the files you told me to back up already backed up on a flash drive. I have backed up the system folder and even though I could not fit the entire system32 folder on it, I did get the inf folder, drivers folder, except for fidbox files as windows would not let those be copied, and anything else in it that it seemed I might need. I also have all things that are on my system connected to raid backed up on that drive. After reading your your suggestions I also backed up the help folder and font folder. In addition to the flash drive, with the way I am hoping to do this, I should have a hard drive already in my system that is an exact duplicate of the hard drive I am planning to format. If I can get past the raid deal and my CD drive does not cut out part way through the installation of XP, I am now thinking I will be alright. If I am not alright, one of the techs I talked to will come bail me out and make me alright, other than the total disappointment at not being able to do something on my puter myself. I accepted a long time ago that the things inside the case are beyond me, but it will be a hard pill to swallow if I cannot do something on my puter that does not involve messing with things inside the case.
As to that program you mentioned, I just now checked it out a bit and just have two questions for you about it. To use that program to format my drive, do I need to burn it to disk and run it from there, or what? Also, is there any chance it will make it so I can boot and install XP from the CD drive I want to instead of the one that the puter wants to let me now?
I have just one more question, when I had to use a "fix-it" disk when I could not get my puter to load up, my mouse was not recognized and I figured it was because it is a usb mouse. Is there a way to make it so the usb mouse will be detected and work before windows is loaded? I cannot remember if a mouse is needed at all during the Windows installation but if it is, I would really like it to recognize my usb mouse. My ps2 one does not work very well and I hate to spend the money to buy one since it will only be used for the installation.
I really do appreciate you being willing to take the time to help me with all this and answering my stupid questions. Thank you very much
Edited by Stang777, 21 February 2009 - 03:21 AM.