It's not clear what you're asking here.. If you're not going to load an operating system, then you might as well throw the hard drive in the trash.. That way, you don't need to spend the time formatting..
"Is there anyway i can completely format my hard drive without loading an OS?"
Yes, wiping the drive with a program like Dban, then using an old Windows 98 boot disc will allow you to format the drive.. But after that, if you want to use the computer, you're going to need to load an operating system.
On the other hand, if you're trying to load Windows XP on a clean hard drive, then "finding C" isn't needed.. Place the XP disc in the drive, restart the computer and as long as the BIOS boot order is set to load the DVD/CD drive first, you'll get a request to "Press any key" to boot from the CD.. Once that's done, the XP disc will format the drive, then load the XP operating system..
That is assuming the hard drive is not dead or you have a SATA drive which has SATA/RAID support enabled.. If "Native SATA Support" is enabled in the BIOS, try disabling it first so XP will see the hard drive.
Hope this helps.
Recently I have messed up my computer pretty badly.
I tried dual booting another OS, now when I try to start windows, I get an error: Winload.exe could not open.
I have a recovery partition on this computer, but also fails to load with a black screen.
I have a CD with XP on it but it fails to load cause it can't find C:/
Is there anyway i can completely format my hard drive without loading an OS?
I really need help, so it would be appreciated.