I have a client with a pretty busted Dell Inspiron 8600 laptop. The CD-ROM is broken, all of the USB ports are broken except one. I have an external CD-ROM (usb) but it doesn't get picked up in the BIOS to boot from it and in Windows it never fully installs. I have a laptop IDE to USB converter that i am using to backup the original data on the drive. What is the best method to get a clean install of Windows XP on this laptop? I have never had any luck with installing Windows XP from a USB drive, and i don't particularly trust the 1 remaining USB port. I am thinking there has to be a way to store the installation files from the Windows CD on the hard drive itself. Ideas?