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Wiping Out Hard Drive / Upgrades

by ukcats / December 17, 2004 6:17 AM PST

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 that is 3 years old. I would like to completely wipe out the hard drive and start with a new slate. Any suggestions? Should I just buy a better faster Hard Drive. The one I have installed now is a 80GB Ultra ATA/100, don't know the RPM. Also, I have 512MB PC800 RDRAM installed. Would like to upgrade this as well. Is this hard to do? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Some thoughts
by Steven Haninger / December 17, 2004 11:19 AM PST

Unless you are running out of storage space, your 80 gig drive is probably adequate as far as speed goes. It will likely run at 7200 rpm. It sounds as if you have RAMBUS memory which is not so readily available and a bit costly. 512 megs is not too small even for XP in everyday use. I wouldn't put money into that. As far as wiping out your drive, you can either format it, remove all partitions or use a diagnostic utility from the manufacturer to do a destructive test and write zeros to the drive. Such is how I would prepare a disk for a fresh installation. Now, are you going to install the same OS or another? Once the drive is erases, it should be easy enough to boot from a CD ROM and do the complete operation from the disk.

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Same OS.....
by ukcats / December 17, 2004 7:22 PM PST
In reply to: Some thoughts

I will be installing the same OS......The main reason I want to do everything I mentioned In the first place is my computer is extremely sluggish. I do use spyware and adware removal programs and keep my OS up to date as far as updates go. It still runs sluggish. I also want to keep all the hardware current with todays standards without having to buy a whole new system. Thanks for your help!

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wiping drive
by yappering / December 17, 2004 1:45 PM PST

That hard drive should be fine for normal computer use. If you plan on putting lots of video on it, then you might want an additional drive.

To wipe out the drive (format):

Set your bios to read from the CDROM first.
Put in your Windows XP or 2000 CD-rom
Start the computer and it will load the setup.
Next, you want to delete the current partition.
Then you want to create a new partition and install windows.

That's it! Good luck

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