Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop, HDD crapped out about 2 wks after the CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive failed. I have a slipstreamed XP Home-SP3 CD I created before both drives failed, and have all my important "stuff" backed up on several DVD's. I also have an external DVD-RAM drive to reinstall all my docs, progs, pics, etc... but the old (5-6 yrs) laptop BIOS does not support booting off an external CD/DVD--it will boot from a USB Flash Drive. This being the first time I'm attempting to replace a HDD & re-install an OS, I'll admit I'm more than a little overwhelmed by all the stuff I've read and quite frankly am lost as to what PRECISELY I need to do.
Here's what I Have:
Dell 2200 Laptop w/ failed 40gb Seagate HDD & failed LG OEM CD/DVD drive.--original specs & equipment: http://support.dell.com/support/topics/global.aspx/support/my_systems_info/details?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&~ck=anavml&~tab=2
A slipstreamed XP Home SP-3 CD
Important folders, progs, docs backed up on DVD/CD/ this comp-- (Gateway, Win 7 Home Premium)
A new Western Digital 80 gb HDD (new, still in sealed package) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136129&nm_mc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel&cm_mmc=TEMC-RMA-Approvel-_-Content-_-text-_-
A new (still in package) 4GB Flash drive
A second laptop (this one) to download anything (info, progs, drivers, etc...) I may need during during reinstallation
What I need to do:
Install the new HDD
Install Win XP from Flash Drive
What I don't know (besides A LOT LOL):
Do I need to format the new drive with a third party prog/tool? Do I need to format the flash drive? If so, how do I do that? Should I let Windows format the drive during installation? Is a 4GB flash dr too small? Too big? How do I copy the XP CD to the USB drive? Do I format the drives in FAT-16? 32? NTFS? I've read about 267 different answers with about 65,000 different opinions on each of these (and other) questions, and to be honest... I'M COMPLETELY BURIED HERE.
What I'm asking is, is there a DEFINITIVE source/website/guide/tutorial I should follow? If someone can point me in the right direction as to what steps I need to do, what hardware & software I may need and in what order I need to do them...etc, it would be GREATLY appreciated. I'm not necessarily looking for hand-holding, just a shove in the right direction.
Anyone with any further questions, please fell feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer