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Cleaning off your hard drive

by pop_moo / November 24, 2006 12:15 AM PST

A friend running Win XP home would like to clean off his hard drive and start afresh. Does he need to format the drive to get rid of everything or can he just delete eveything on the disk and then run win xp from his CD.
If not this method what is the best way of doing it?

Tantalus

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(NT) format and reinstall is best and quickest
by ramarc / November 24, 2006 9:48 AM PST
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How to do it
by pop_moo / November 25, 2006 1:00 AM PST

Can you explain in simple terms how to do this. Do you go to dos and do it from there or is there another way.

Tantalus

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reformat and reinstall
by ramarc / November 25, 2006 1:16 AM PST
In reply to: How to do it

first, go into your bios and ensure the boot order is set with the cd drive as first bootable device.

if you have a recovery cd, from your manufacturer, boot from it and follow the instructions. it will restore your pc to its original, out-of-the-box state (assuming no hardware has been changed).

if you have an xp disc, put it the cd drive and reboot. you'll be given an option to repartition/reformat the drive.

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