How do I manually re-format my computer?

April 5, 2011 at 02:40:22
Specs: Windows XP
Basicly my computer is screwed. When I attempt to start up the computer it almost immediatly puts itself into some kind of hibernation mode and the only way to get it out it to hold down the power button to then restart the computer only to have the same thing happen. I am over trying to fix it and have anything important externally stored. My only wish now is to re-format the computer and start afresh. However the only methods for doing this I have found on the internet involve being able to to the computer at least half on. Therefore I am asking if there is possibly a physical button on my hardrive that could wipe my drive and allow me to then re-format it? Or any other possible way without actually starting windows. By the way I am entirerly unsure whether this is a hardware or virus fault. the computer is more than 10 years old. Windows xp. Has been re-formatted once before, but by a computer technition.

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#1
April 5, 2011 at 02:47:16
"Therefore I am asking if there is possibly a physical button on my hardrive that could wipe my drive and allow me to then re-format it?"

Simply put: no.

"By the way I am entirerly unsure whether this is a hardware or virus fault."

If the machine is booting up into Windows, it may be a software/virus fault, but could still be a hardware issue. Nothing personal, but it doesn't sound like you've ever done much in the way of reformatting or hardware diagnostics. May be better to visit your "computer technition" again...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#2
April 5, 2011 at 08:41:44
If...and that's a big word...if it is setup to boot from a cd boot order a: d: (your cdrom) C: then just put in your xp disk and follow the directions.

The boot order is in the bios setup. Depending on make and model of the computer. Pressing F2,F8 del .......ect.

Formatting is the last resort, so getting a live cd with anti virus programs may be the way to go. You could then at least back up your bookmarks, email and passwords.

This is of course if you have an install disk.

I would try inserting the install disk and do a repair first


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