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I don´t have internal cd, only external(usb)

Hi! I want to erase the harddrive and use xp, but i can´t boot with the external cd/rw. I bought it with only the floppy-drive.
I can´t find anything in settings before windows starts.The big problem is that I can´t log in on the harddrive to activate the usb cd/rw.
Do you know what to do? Do I have to buy a new harddrive or internal cd?
most grateful for any responses or ideas, I´m stuck.
greetings from Rilla_33

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