having a problem reformatting w/o a disk

Gateway Netbook with amd athlon processo...
June 5, 2010 at 01:33:32
Specs: Windows 7
how do I reformat without a disk? F10 does not tell me much when rebooting

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#1
June 5, 2010 at 03:35:42
What do you mean when you say "reformat"

Are you trying to wipe the system clean or restore it to factory?

A "format" is simply a process of preparation of a drive prior to installation of an operating system. It sets up only the file structure, and also has the effect of wiping any previously recorded files or data. ( It does not actually wipe the old data but marks all sectors as available to overwrite, and renders the old data inaccessible)


Please explain in detail exactly what you are trying to achieve.

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#2
June 5, 2010 at 04:00:51
I am trying to sell the computer and would like to format it back to original settings from the factory

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#3
June 5, 2010 at 04:42:23
How about reading the manual?

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#4
June 5, 2010 at 04:43:22
U need a os disc.

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#5
June 5, 2010 at 04:54:32
I know you guys are not trying to be funny. I do not have the manual or I would read it. Nor do I have the os disk as stated in the firs post. I know I need to hit f10 when booting and then go to boot options, but that is as far as I can get.

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#6
June 5, 2010 at 05:04:17
This is a pretty new netbook. You should have the manual. That said, post the full model and I will find you a link to the manual download.


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#7
June 5, 2010 at 05:06:33
I am wondering if you are the legal owner of that netbook.

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#8
June 5, 2010 at 05:16:37
My bad gentlemen, it is not a netbook, but a gateway laptop about three years old. I just want to take my personnel info off and make the hard drive look like brand new.

Sorry for the confusion, but to question me of being the legal owner without knowing anything about me is not cool.


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#9
June 5, 2010 at 05:53:03
You keep using the terms "format" or "reformat". Richard59 explained what that means in response 1. Essentially, if you reformat, you will erase the HDD. You will then need the disc to be able to reinstall the OS. You will also need all the drivers for the hardware to perform properly.

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#10
June 5, 2010 at 06:11:04
So, do you want the manual or not? If so, post the exact model of laptop.

This is your header "Gateway Netbook with amd processor – nightsky black new"

The word new jumps out at me. You don't seem to have disks or manuals and don't know much about the unit, including if it is a netbook or a laptop.

We get plenty of people here trying to get help with stolen computers. If you are offended by that, so be it.

If the unit is three years old it did NOT come with Windows 7 installed so you will not be able to restore it to a pristine Windows 7 state.

You may be able to restore it to the VIsta or WinXP that probably came on it originally. That depends on whether or not the restore partition still exists.


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