The CD that comes with said laptop is bootable and no diskette is used. Also, my Windows ME Retail CD is bootable.
Why not boot the CD?
In closing, if you don't have the restore CDs, beware you are on the hook to find and supply all the drivers for the machine. Microsoft doesn't do this for you. IBM has most up on their web site and I put such on CDR for use during the install.
Best of luck,
how can i reformat my thinkpad e600 if i dont have an a drive. I need to wipe out my computer and format. I do have a cd drive. I want to reinstall windows methanks in advance