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Need to wipe my Hard drive (Acer 4720z), and don't know how to

My computer faces multiple problems, and since I neither have patience nor money...nor much knowledge of how computers work, I was wondering how I could wipe my hard drive (I already have backups of just about everything, so no need to worry about that)...My Dad already did it for me once, but doesn't remember how to do it, and doesn't remember where he got the instructions to do it.

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    Jem May 11, 2010

    Veluxidus,

    Do you have any of your restore disks etc? Many pc's come with restore disks to bring your laptop back to the same state it was when you got it "out of the box."

    If you have important items backed up to a third party location (Netdrive, DVD, back up HDD etc) you may be able to pop one of those disks in and just follow the prompts.

    If your computer only came with a windows xp cd, let me know and I'll work on step by step instructions to make sure you can get through the process seemlessly.

    If you need to install from an XP cd, its a good idea to backup your drivers and such, so you dont have to worry about being down becuase you have no drives for connectivity devices.

    I hope this helps,
    Jem


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Its called format but first u need to know what devices u have and what u wanna keep. the files u wanna keep if u dont have the external hard drive write them to cd or dvd if u have a brand comuter u can download the drivers for your computer from the manufacturers website. if u need to do the format then u most go to bios with delete or f2 key mostly in boot ordr u most but the cd/dvd drive as first. after this u save it. and reboot your computer.then insert the windows cd. when it ask from u to boot from cd press enter or any other key.
then u most use the format in setup and after that reinstall it to the same harddisk.

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