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format a Hd

I need to format a internal HD ( believe the Xp program is corrupt) using my own PC set up to do so,once formatted . i can the install a clean Xp program. Because at moment the  bad Hd in my second system is is not allowing me to boot up from cd( cannot access Bios etc.
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amaru21Commented:
You should be able to access BIOS even without a hard drive.  Are you sure the rest of the components (motherboard, memory, cpu, power supply, etc) are working?
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wulfstanAuthor Commented:
amaru21   everything worked ok prior to reinstal, All I have done is transferred the MB. and HD into a new case .so my lad would have a pc , for schoolwork.all parts installed came from original pc.I have some doubts on the validity of the XP program. that is why i want to format and reboot using my licensed Xp software, this can be used on more than one PC.When I start up the PC I get the usual white writing .which includes .something about the floppy reboot disk,I have not got this.So What i want to do is jusr reboot the pc with the Genuine Xp Cd and run from the drive that has the cd installed,but cannot access the drives,So if i get into Bios I will be able to select the install option /repair from the cd.Am I correct in this. to access Bios on boot without HD what do i need to do. thanks
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wulfstanAuthor Commented:
amaru21   I should have added the MB is A Bio Star M7NCD . in the manual it does not mention which key to hit on start up to enable BIOS .hope this helps
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AshlokCommented:
Most commen keys for the BIOS start up are F2, F8, F10 and DEL to get into the BIOS on almost any system. Once in the BIOS you set the boot priority to CD-ROM for the CD-ROM (XP/OS CD) and do what you need from there.
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