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What you should do before formatting the hard drive

If you are going to reinstall the OS or format the old drive, you should do the following first.
1) Back up all your important Data.

2) Download and install driver collector: http://www.drivermagician.com/download.htm save the drivers into your thumb drive for reinstallation after the hard drive is formatted, otherwise you will be doing a lot of searching for correct drivers for your PC.

3) Download and install Belarc Advisor: http://belarc.com/free_download.html
This program will show a lot of information about the hardware and software that are installed in your computer, especially the serial number of the software you have installed, such as XP serial numbers. Print out this information also.

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My hp 630 laptop was working well but today when i turn it on, it will start but will remain at Press The ESC Key for Startup Menu and will not continue. What should i do.


It seems your boot image has been corrupted. Pleas try following methods.
1. Go to BIOS settings by pressing F2 during boot. Insert portable OS flash drive in to USB slot. Then select boot from external storage. This will run your portable OS and take back up of your important data to other hard drive. Then reinstall OS image.

2. If you are using windows OS, go to startup system repair option during boot. That will restore your system.

Jan 03, 2017 | HP Computers & Internet

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how to i clear all data to sell on pc?


You'll need to format it, although if they really wanted to see what data you had they'd still be able to recover it. The only way to make sure they can't is to destroy the hard drive, but formating should be ok unless you have sensitive data on there eg. customer info. Even then it's more to obey data protection laws because very few people will want to try to recover the data.

1. Get a windows disc.
2. When the computer first comes on press f12 to bring up the boot menu,
3. Select the cd/dvd drive.
4. Follow instructions on screen.
5. Before reinstalling the OS, format the drive to remove the data.
6. Install OS, by following instructions on screen.

You'll now have a clean install.

Feb 17, 2011 | Acer Computers & Internet

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my sandisk cruzer says it is not formatted. it contains all my documents but I cant open anything if i format it i will lose all my data help!!!


Possible Reasons:
1. Your USB flash is too old and can be corrupted with time went on. As you know no hardware can be life-long ever.
2. There are bad sectors in the specific area of the disk that is required for a file system, e.g. for a boot sector or the FAT table sector. Since such a drive is obviously not possible to use, Windows refuses to format it.
3. Sometimes, you cannot format the drive to the FAT file system if it has been formatted to a file system which is not recognized by Windows. Such a drive should be reformatted to NTFS first, and then to the FAT file system.

Solution:
Step 1: Try the problem USB on another computer (better be most common Windows OS). See if the device can be accessed normally. This way can clear the buffers and eliminate incompatibility. Sometimes it will let the error disappear and make the drive work normally again.
Step 2: If the first method still won't help. Try recovering the data with some data recovery programs first of all. If you are running Windows, you can use Data Recovery for Windows. For Mac OS X users, turn to Data Recovery for Mac
Step 3: After the files are recovered, then follow those steps to try format the error USB drive (connect the disk to your PC first). My computer -> Properties -> Manage -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management -> select the problem drive and then format it from here.
Step 4: It's not over. After formatting, try use the data recovery software recommended in #2 to re-scan the drive to see if you can harvest more data. Good luck!

Feb 26, 2010 | SanDisk 2GB Cruzer Micro SDCZ62048A10 Hard...

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how to retrive the data after formating harddrive


If you format your system all data will be lost unless you have access to some very expensive software and hardware

You can do a repair function in XP Pro if the OS is flaky ?.

If you want to format the drive becasue the OS is sick take it out and put it in another machine , that way you can extract any data files you may need

Before you format it have you got all of the drivers etc for the motherboard and other peripherals if not you will be in deep doo doo after you hit the format button.

Last but not least have you got the keycode for the OS which was installed on your machine

Jun 02, 2009 | Sony Computers & Internet

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