The jist is I need to install XP onto an external hdd, then boot to it on my laptop. So, ive tried to look this up everywhere but im confused on how to do it, or if its possible. The story and reasoning behind the request is this, I bought a new laptop with 8 but a day after I bought it, the internal drive messed up. I dont have a recovery disk, and the only os cd I have is an XP disk, which it wont load to. So I thought, hey why dont I use my friends comp (running on 7) to install xp onto an external I have, then boot to my external on my laptop and from there reformat the internal hdd. is that possible and how would I do it??