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Reinstall XP using USB Adapter

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#1 grayson4


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Posted 06 March 2010 - 05:43 PM

We had an old HP desktop that was killed with a virus about six months ago. We recently purchased a new laptop, but I didn't want to give up on the old desktop, especially since I had so many pictures and music.
We were unable to access anything except recovery mode, and after following all the directions for "fixing" it...we ended up getting the "missing or corrupted system32" message. So I took the advice of several people and purchased a $20 USB hardrive adapter. I hooked everything up to my brothers old XP desktop HP, and was able to recover all my pictures and music, thanks to RECUVA. Greatest day ever.
Now that I've gotten all the data off the old hardrive, I want to clean the drive and start over. I've unpartitioned and repartitioned the drive and it's formatting right now...my question is this:
I was never given an XP install CD, and neither was my brother. However he uses XP on his computer now...so I was wondering if there's a way to copy XP from his computer to mine. How do I go about doing it, if it's possible?
Thank you for your help.

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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 06 March 2010 - 06:04 PM

Different hard ware. The recovery stuff is probably on the hard drive.

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 09:13 PM

No, you would be using his drivers on your computer which would not work my suggestion would be to go to HP's website and then ordering the recovery disks for your computer. or see if someone you know has a XP install disk that you can use.:thumbsup:

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