Windows Legacy OS forum

General discussion

Trying to reformat my hard drive

by runforfun529 / June 11, 2005 11:18 PM PDT

I am trying to reformat my hard drive, but my computer did not come with a restore disk or anything. Will I still be able to do it?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Trying to reformat my hard drive
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Trying to reformat my hard drive
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Yes you can reformat.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2005 11:22 PM PDT

But "formatting" or "reformat" does not involve installing an OS. So success is assured for formatting.

-> If you need to install an OS, then you'll need a CD.

Can you share what make/model machine this is? For instance those HP and Compaqs that didn't come with restore CDs have a menu item to create the CDs. Hint: make 2!!!!!

Bob

Collapse -
Make and Model
by runforfun529 / June 11, 2005 11:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Yes you can reformat.

Its an eMachines Model T2984.

What I need to know is how to get it back to like the day that I bought it. I know nothing about computers though, so bare with me.

Collapse -
Some of those have a "Make Restore CD" menu.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2005 11:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Make and Model

I'm not there so you should explore all the menu items on the manual.

Again, formatting is drop dead easy. Installing an OS is not if you don't have restore CDs.

A few more items though:

1. Why do this? Many common problems can be cured without formatting.

2. Formatting the drive prior to installing XP is not the XP way. I could supply examples showing XP offering partition and formatting during the install. But my point here is, I don't format the drive prior to installing XP because I want XP to do that step.

3. If you do format the drive and don't have the XP CD or restore CD, then it will be costly. Try about 200 to 400 bucks.

Bob

Collapse -
Note to Bob
by Merl Priester / June 12, 2005 7:06 AM PDT

On these new Compaq and HP PCs, it will let you make 1 restore CD or DVD set and that is it. You can of course copy those disks. I don't know why they don't let you make another set if needed. Also on those systems you have the option of doing a full retore from that restore partiton provided the HD is not totally dead.
Of course Bob I know you knew most of this I just didn't know if you knew they would only make one copy.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

GIVEAWAY

Turn up the volume with our Apple Byte sweeps!

Two lucky winners will take home the coveted smart speaker that lets Siri help you around your connected house. This sweepstake ends Feb. 25, 2018.