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This is seriously old school - 3.5a disks XP install

My CD-ROM drive is broken and the laptop (10 years old) can't boot from an external CD/DVD drive or a USB, but can from a USB floppy.

I would like to low level format the disk and then put Windows XP Home SP3 (which I have on a Windows disk) on it but using 3.5a disks from boot.

How many floppy disks will I need, how is this done, and can I do this whole process just using the floppy drive?

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Replace The CD Drive, It's Better And Cheaper Overall

The format will be easier as will the OS install. I've seen laptop drives for under $30, usually way less.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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XP-Floppy Install

Well, thanks for this. I'm going to buy a replacement laptop drive now.

And, of course, give the 100 floppy disk/2 week trial a miss...

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