I have an IBM T42 laptop running Windows XP Pro, and the original hard drive is corrupt. It does have a built-in CD. The corrupt drive is Hatachi 40GB IDE. I've never added a partition, so it's the original setup. Need to reformat the drive completely, but software was preloaded and didn't receive CD software with the unit. I no longer know the password to run it as Administrator, and can't find a way to set the boot drive as the CD. The software sticker is still on the computer.
Plan to give it to an 85-year-old aunt whose computer recently died, and all she wants is to run the game FreePlay.
This game is available on Linux, so this is a possibility although it's also fine with me to wipe the drive and re-install Windows XP if there is a way to do it. I've downloaded Ubuntu to a CD for booting and installing, and I have Dban on another CD to wipe the drive, but with no booting to the CD, I'm not sure how to proceed.
A simple solution might be to buy an external case, install the drive, and wipe the drive using my desktop system. If I do this, I DEFINITELY want to protect my desktop computer from these viruses. With the drive wiped and re-installed in the laptop, it might then boot from the Ubuntu CD.