Hello, on one of my comps the disk drive is a bit dodgey and was wondering is it possible if i wipe the hard drive using f disk then could i use an external disk drive to install windows using the disk? if so could you tell me how i could go about doing this thanks.
I assume you are talking about the optical drive being a bit dodgey. Just purchase an external optical drive and set your BIOS to boot from USB. First, check to make sure your computer supports that. If not, then just replace the drive?
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It sounds possible that your Windows XP install CD does not contain the necessary hard disk device drivers for the drive used in your Dell Vostro laptop and you would need to load these drivers separately during the XP install when the option is given to use third-party device drivers.
Some laptops may provide options in their BIOS settings to use a compatibility mode of operation for newer SATA hard drives that will make them visible to bootable utilities such as disk imaging software and older OS install CD's.
you can partition your hard disk while installing windows xp
and if you want to parition your hard disk after installing your windows,you will need third party softwares called parition magic which are free to try,but you will have to buy those softwares to use it,so its better to paritiyion your hard disk while installing windows