wiping hard drive clean

June 14, 2010 at 19:24:48
Specs: Windows XP
my husbands hard drive crashed and a friend
installed a new one. he was told to run the
installation cd which should have been
windows xp but he ran a linspire 4.5 cd. he
can't uninstall it and can't get the windows xp
cd to run setup. can the hard drive be wiped
clean so he can start over

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June 14, 2010 at 19:29:32
You can use Killdisk from here; http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfre...

Be you sure that you have selected boot from cdrom first in the bios and then install XP.

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June 15, 2010 at 14:35:06
What type of hard drive is it. Most manufactures also send a setup cd with the drive......you can download a free copy from the manufactures site...

The setup cd will reformat the drive.

I like to avoid 3rd and 4th party hard drive software.....

Before all that.... make sure the cd is setup in the bios as the first boot device......So what type of computer is it as getting into the bios or getting to a boot selection screen is different.

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June 15, 2010 at 14:45:51
I will post here what I normally tell people...

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 a Windows Systems disk. Boot from it in the Recovery Console and run the command Format C: to wipe the drive. Then reboot and run the Windows Setup as normal.

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 18:16:10
Ace, you missed:
...my husbands hard drive crashed and a friend
installed a new one...

Definitely use either the Windows CD to format the hard drive if at all possible, or if not, then your next best option would be the hard drive manufacturer's hard drive utility to delete the current partition(s) and recreate and format.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.

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June 15, 2010 at 22:54:15
"Most manufactures also send a setup cd with the drive..."

I've bought hundreds of hard drives over the years, and never received a "setup cd" with any of them. A utility disk is usually available from the manufacturers website, but rarely, if ever, comes with the drive (at least in this country).

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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June 15, 2010 at 22:54:15

Accidental double post.


Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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June 16, 2010 at 09:47:16
I am in the U.S. Maxtor, Seagate and Western Digitals have always come with the setup cd. (new in Box)

I would say I am lucky , but what do you do with more than one
setup cd.....coasters? targets? Maybe use them for additional support in the bottom of the trash bag.

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