How do I erase a HDD that is stuck on an error with installing Windows XP?

By jah7_85 ·
I have a HP laptop and have its original software to reinstall windows and its original drivers. The battery pack ran out in the middle of the installation and when I tried again to continue reinstalling Windows, it gives me an error that it needs a specific file to continue, to insert the CD the is already the drive but the computer doesn't acctivate the cd-rom drive to read anything off of it and it gets stuck. What can I do?

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Check your BIOS setup

by IC-IT In reply to How do I erase a HDD that ...

Watch for the key combo to enter setup (F10?).
Enter the Setup and change the Boot Order to the CD.

edited to add; On reboot watch closely for the "Press any key to boot from CD."

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Tried it.

by jah7_85 In reply to Check your BIOS setup

Yea, I tried that but once it checks that it is the CD it goes back again to the installation process, where the same problem happens again, any other ideas? Thanks

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hirens bood cd

by Snuffy09 In reply to How do I erase a HDD that ...

try this boot cd

has a few handy hard drive utilities to zero out your HD


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Well as you can boot off the CD you can use Kill Disc available free here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How do I erase a HDD that ...

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