New XP Install but without Floppy Drive??

By SinFloppy
Mar 15, 2005
  1. Hi there everyone,

    This is my first post on your forum. I have been having increasing amounts of problems with my portable PC and have decided it is best to do a rebuild.

    Have done a few rebuilds in the past but always with a floppy drive available. I think my XP CD will load a new operating system from the CD drive but I want to format the hard drive, and I dont know if I can do that without a floppy to boot from?

    Do you think I am going to be able to do this?

    Thanks for any help.

  2. dopefisher

    dopefisher TS Rookie Posts: 444

    you can boot from a cd as well. floppy drives are a thing of the past. you just have to make sure you can boot from whatever cd you use.

    Hello and Welcome to Techspot :angel:
  3. SinFloppy

    SinFloppy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Dopefisher,

    Do you know if I am going to be able to do this from a normal xp cd or am I going to have to make a bootable cd myself with the neccesary system files on it? This is where I am stuck. I dont know if the xp cd will enable me to manually format my drive??


    Kg ;)
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    XP CD's are bootable and you can create partitions, delete partitions and format them from the CD.
  5. SinFloppy

    SinFloppy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks a lot guys,

    I'll see how I go.

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