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I have an older Gateway e-4200 and have contracted a virus which has caused the speed to slow drastically. How do I do a hard drive reformat without having to buy a program?

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Try running McAfee virus scan or Norton virus scan. One of those programs should identify and remove the virus for you. Hope this helps.

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Well, if it's your IDE controller, you're not going to get it fixed without replacing the motherboard. But it seems equally likely it could just be a short in an IDE cable. That could also lead to the corrupt files that caused you to have to reformat in the first place. A new IDE cable is probably around $10, and available at any computer store. I'd suggest starting with that.

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Hello there. A reformat basically means to erase everything and restore it to a point where it was new.

Now if you still want to reformat, Number 1, you will need the DVD to install the Windows 7 Operating system as well as all your files will disappear. Another thing you may do would be to make a complete back up and then the reformat.

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1. If your pc is running slow, download this utility and run its features
http://www.iobit.com/toolbox.html
2. Next you should do a complete PC virus and Spyware scan.
Free Anti Virus:http://free.avg.com/ca-en/download-free-antivirus
Free Anti Malware:http://download.cnet.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html

If you follow these tips, your laptop would increase its performance drastically so you would not need to reformat. ENJOY

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A computer freezing could mean many things:

-Viruses are slowing down the system to the point where it stalls and freezes.
-The computer doesn't have enough RAM and too many things are trying to be done without sufficient RAM.
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I would not assume that the drive is corrupted by a virus. Viruses generally don't cause the machine to not be able to find the hard drive (they can...it's just not very common). If your BIOS supports a hard drive diagnostic I would first use that to check that the BIOS is seeing the drive, and that the drive doesn't have errors (as you don't have to get into the operating system). However, if you decide to reformat you can try it, but if the drive is having physical problems the install probably will not execute.

If the machine says it cannot access the hard drive, and the BIOS cannot see the drive, it is highly likely not a virus but a failed hard drive and you won't be able to reformat.

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