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CLEAN HARD DRIVE

HOW TO CLEAN OUT COMPUTER

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    James Bradburn May 11, 2010

    What you mean? Do you mean everything thats on the Hard Drive

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A great tool for a non destructive computer clean is tuneup utilities 2009.

If you want to wipe the machine, backup any important files, Backup your computer's drivers (if you don't have them on cd).
Then pop your windows disk in and run it, in windows, it should take you through everything. Allow about 2 hours.

Hope this helps,
Tom

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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