Not sure whether this will be a problem... I want to install a new version of Windows OS on my laptop, but the laptop's integrated CD-ROM is fried. If I want to format my hard drive and start afresh before installing, how would I proceed? My original plan was to copy the Windows installation disks onto a plug-and-play external hard drive, and then somehow install from there. So bottom line, I have installation CD's, fried laptop CD-ROM, and a plug-and-play external hard drive, and I want to format my laptop's HD before installing Windows. Can this be done? This is my last question for a while I think. Thanks for the help!