INSTALLING WINDOWS XP WITHOUT A CD DRIVE
When the Dell engineer said “they’ve asked if you can reinstall the OS” my heart sank. Not because I felt like he was weasling out of work - unusually they were very helpful. Not because installing XP is a hard task, I’ve done it over 100 times on all sorts of hardware.
<p> <font size="2"><strong>n:\></strong> <em>Aefdisk 1 /delall /formatfat /pri:1024:6 /ext:0:7</em></font> </p> <p> <font size="2">Woah woah woah! What’s all that?! The command runs “Aefdisk” on hard disk “1″ with the “/delall” flag, which deletes any exisiting partitions, “/formatfat” which formats the next partition FAT. “/PRI” is a primary partition, “:1024″ is the partition size, “:6″ is the hex partition type which in this case is FAT16 >32mb. “/ext” is an extended partition, “:0″ tells it to use all remaining space on the drive, “:7″ is the partition type which is NTFS.</font> </p>