I purchased a USB to IDE/SATA adapter, successfully removed a corrupt hard drive from a Dell Dimension 2400 running XP Home SP3, connected it to my Laptop via USB, (WinXP Pro) recognized the drive but could not run anything on the drive without the message that the drive could not be read, it was corrupt. I did manage to run a little bit of Malwarebytes but it was extremely slow, so I gave up. I really had hoped of running CHKDSK on it, but couldn't.
What I need to know is, should I Format the corrupt drive while it is hooked to a usable Laptop through Disk Mgmt, then reinstall it into to the original computer and attempt to put Windows XP back on it? All I have is the Dell REinstallation/repair disk, but it claims to be bootable. I was never able to boot to it before because I believe the system was too far gone. If it's not bootable, that is another problem.
Any advice would be appreciated, I've devoted the best part of my week to this little project.