View Full Version : Reformatting woes

29-06-2006, 05:44 PM
Hi guys,
I am endeavoring to reformat my PC once I get my new DVD drive to back stuff up with. I have never done it before but I gather you need some sort of boot disc for the OS (I run XP Home w/SP2). The problem is I never got a XP CD with my HP PC when I bought it a few years ago. Is there any way that I can make myself one?

29-06-2006, 05:58 PM
Eaiser to borrow one.

But if you can find the i386 folder on the hp discs you may be able to slave the drive to another computer, format the harddrive then copy the i386 folder over.
Then you will need a boot floppy or CD, boot then navigate to c:\i386 and run setup.exe

30-06-2006, 05:00 PM
On some brand name computers there is an option available to create recovery discs. You will find it somewhere in the Start menu's Programs under HP Tools or similar if your computer has such an option.