How to Wipe Out My Hard Drive

Emachine
February 25, 2007 at 12:51:36
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 512
Ok here's my dilemma? I installed Windows Vista on my computer and hated it so I called microsoft and they walked me through how to uninstall and reinstall XP. When I did this it installed XP on both sides of the partition. So what I want to do is uninstall it completely and put it back on one side like it should be. Also when I reinstalled windows it did not give me the drivers I needed so my sound card, modem and all that fun stuff is not working. Can anyone help me with this?

>Angel<


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#1
February 25, 2007 at 13:12:09
eMachines usually come with a Restore CD, this should put your PC back to the day you bought it.

XP does not have every sigle driver, you need to identify the hardware and go to the manufacturers website.

http://www.hwinfo.com


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#2
February 25, 2007 at 13:14:21
Yea the problem is he didn't get the restore cd with his cause he got it used from his parents and they didn't have the cd's for it. I got Gateway to send me the drivers but when I burned them to a cd the computer says the CD was blank.

>Angel<


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#3
February 25, 2007 at 13:17:06
"Can anyone help me with this?"

Sure, you're gonna have to go to the eMachines website & download all the necessary device drivers. Or if you know the exact make/model of your sound, video, motherboard chipset, modem, LAN, etc, you can go to the manufacturers website & download their latest driver versions. Chances are eMachines won't have the most current drivers available.


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#4
February 25, 2007 at 13:22:49
I got the drivers from emachines...they sent me the files on my working computer and we burned a cd but now the computer will not read the cd :( My other issue is, Windows XP is on both sides of my hard drive partition (one side should be a restore side but it got replaced by XP when I installed). Is there any way to erase XP from one side.

>Angel<


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#5
February 25, 2007 at 13:29:27
Why did you need to ask Gateway to send them to you? The drivers are available from the website...just download & install them.

"....but when I burned them to a cd the computer says the CD was blank."

Then you didn't burn them correctly?


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#6
February 25, 2007 at 13:30:22
Why don't you just tell us the model number of the eMachine you're working with & we'll find the drivers for you?

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#7
February 25, 2007 at 13:34:26
We'll have to reburn it turns out we burned it as a file not a data cd? I asked Gateway because I was trying to use the tech support for the computer (Gateway makes Emachines). They were pretty much useless. The computer model is an Emachine T3958 and it needs ALL of the drivers.

>Angel<


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#8
February 25, 2007 at 14:25:14
All you needed to do was go to the emachines website. Here are all the drivers...just click the + next to downloads:

http://www.emachines.com/support/pr...


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#9
February 25, 2007 at 17:09:56
Boot from the XP install CD. When it comes to the area asking where to install XP there are options to delete/create partitions. Look closely at the bottom of the screen for these prompts. Delete all partitions, then create one big partition and continue the install.


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#10
February 26, 2007 at 11:23:04
Thanks so much for all your help. Will try the reinstall and get rid of the partition when I get home. We figured out last night the windows installed on the C side of the partition is corrupted and will not work which is why it would not allow us to install the drivers when we tried, but the windows installed on the H side of the partition is fine. I think we will go ahead and delete the partition and start over.


>Angel<


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