Clear my HD

Dell 6300
June 15, 2010 at 10:47:01
Specs: Windows XP
Over the years, my laptop has gathered useless stuff that has filled up my computer space and hard drive. What I want to do is totally wipe out everything on my HD and reinstall just the programs that I use the most, so it's like I just bought a new computer. I am missing some of my Dell Computer setup CDs so I will need to contact them for duplicates, but have most of the other CDs for the other programs I use. For some reason my computer will not let me reformate the "C" drive. What is the easiest, most painless way to clean the slate?

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June 15, 2010 at 11:12:12
"What is the easiest, most painless way to clean the slate?"

The real answer is not to do it.

It takes time to get systems completely setup. Installing is just part of it. You still need to run Updates, setup personal information such as name and initials and other things like Flash Player Plug-ins for your Internet Browser and so on.

I never recommend any one clean their system and reinstall from scratch because more often than not, it leaves them unsatisfied because they find that they did not have all of the programs they once had.

That being said, you need to contact Dell and have them send you another systems disk. It will cost you a little bit of money but with out it you will find it really hard.

Also, you will want to make a log of what is installed on your system so that you can track down installs for the applications you wish to readd once you are done. The simplest way to do this is to go to the Control Panel and Run the Add and Remove Programs which will give you a list of installed applications.

Last you will need to track down all of the drivers for your computer. Go to Dells web site and do a search for your model number. Then download and burn all of the drivers to a CD. You will need to reinstall them if the systems disk from Dell does not already have them.

Again, I stress this is not the best pan. You would be better off going to your Add Remove Programs and start removing what you don't want.

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June 15, 2010 at 12:09:41
Windows will not allow you to format the system drive will it is running. That is for your protection (among other things).
But you can easily do this during the installation. Simply boot from the CD and there will be an option to format a drive before the installation.

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June 15, 2010 at 14:21:27
How are you trying to format? If you use the Ctrl-F11 option upon boot, you can restore the system to Factory Settings.


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