1. Go to http://www.bootdisk.com/ and get a bootdisk set that will allow you to format the drive;
2. Use the Windows XP Recovery Console.
You might want to try to run ''chkdsk /r'' (no quotes) when in the Recovery Console to fix any errors on the hard drive before going any further.
And, of course, backup to CD/DVD whatever you don't want to lose FIRST...
Does anybody know of a way to format the operating system hard drive without using XP Setup? I want to do a clean install but XP keeps freezing during setup and I don't know what else to do at this point except get a new hard drive. Anybody that knows please help!!!