Reformat hard disk without windows xp disk?

By Elliah
Jul 3, 2008
  1. i need to reformat my hard disk but i have lost the windows xp installation disk...what can i do besides having to purchase another copy of windows?
  2. Whiffen

    Whiffen TS Rookie Posts: 235

    Well you kind of need a CD in order to boot from it. Keep your CD key with you and maybe borrow someone else's disk, then enter your key. Another way you could is maybe find a download-able version of windows XP that you can burn to a disk then again when prompted enter your current CD key. (I'm sorry Techspot, I DO NOT endorse illegal pirated software but in this case he isn't really stealing it because he does own XP, he just needs the disk. Or maybe there is a copy of XP available that you are free to grab and are genuinely allowed to download.)

    Don't know your key? Download the keyfinder from Here Click on the THERE on that page.
    and when you do get it write it down somewhere so you don't lose it, just don't tell anyone what it is though.
  3. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    If you want to put XP back on, you will need to follow Whiffen's advice.

    But to answer your question in the way you asked it. You can just download something like the gParted live cd and boot from it and format your drive from there.
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