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Im trying to wipe the hard drive on my emachines 2230 i put the restore disk in and it just says boot to comand promt cd-rom press 2 i did this and just under that it say a:/> and its stuck does anyone know wat to do next

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  • lorraine dixon
    lorraine dixon Feb 26, 2009

    no sorry i put the disk in and restarted it and the menu came up that when it rebooted it but im looking on how to do it on YouTube but seems like they have different ways on there computer i didn't have the same problem when doing it on my laptop it done it itself. do u know Wat I'm suppose to do when i reboot the computer after i put the disk in any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • lorraine dixon
    lorraine dixon Feb 26, 2009

    theres notting on it anyone would be bortherd with i have it 3 half years prob longer and i never wiped it i havent even used it the last year i just want to make it faster get all the errors r **** thats on it making it as slow as **** i just want to know wat to do wipe it and instal it bk to the why it was when i got it any help r good links on how to do this tnx. coz im lost after i put the disk in and reboot it.

  • lorraine dixon
    lorraine dixon Feb 26, 2009

    i do want your help i really appreciated it. ill do that now and tell ye what happends. :)

  • lorraine dixon
    lorraine dixon Feb 26, 2009

    ok it says

    config sys 234 24/10/03

    country sys 30,742

    debug exe 20,490

    display sys 13,207

    doskey com 15,495

    edit com 69 854

    ega cpi 58870

    ejectcd exe 7729

    fdisk exe 66060

    do u need the rest of wats on it and the dates to

  • lorraine dixon
    lorraine dixon Feb 26, 2009

    it says emachines restore dvd ver 1.1 2230

    the restore dvd is provided by emachines and gives you a complete backup of the software thats was preinstalled on the pc at the factory. should the software ever need to be reinstalled the restore dvd will copy the necessary files onto the hard drive.

  • lorraine dixon
    lorraine dixon Feb 26, 2009

    btw im a girl rescue and and im new to this site and not a computer tec other wise i wouldnt be on this lookin for help i didnt now wat that link was you were sending me for all i know its a big virus. you didnt explain things in ur first msg good. the reason i gave the mark but tnx for the help anyways.

  • Garrett Murray
    Garrett Murray May 11, 2010

    I really think this DVD needs to be ran when the computer is logged into windows. If it doesnt automatically boot with hit any key to boot from cd and get script saying to choose option of restore its not a boot cd. Being a DVD you would think there would be more files on it than the ones you gave me.

  • Garrett Murray
    Garrett Murray May 11, 2010

    Na I dont need all the details just the directories and sub directories and any programs you see. So far it looks as if this is just a boot disk. Could you please tell me what is written on the disk.

  • Garrett Murray
    Garrett Murray May 11, 2010

    If you could give me an Idea of what you see when you type in DIR under the root of the CD drive so I can figure out what you need to run. Thanks Armymason

  • Garrett Murray
    Garrett Murray May 11, 2010

    Well yes you need to know a little about commands. 1st you need to navigate to the CD drive, type in E: enter or D: enter which ever gets you in will be fine. Then type in DIR this will give you a list of whats on the root of that drive. Look for anything that says setup.exe and type that in and hit enter and see if that kicks off the load.

  • Garrett Murray
    Garrett Murray May 11, 2010


    Have you tried running the disk while you are in Windows?




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So Lorrainemd27,

Does the Operating system still work on your PC or is it beyound the grave at this point? I would try putting that disk in another computer that has a DVD-ROM and see what comes up when you are in Windows. I couldnt find any technical info about this software so I cant say for sure how to rescue your PC. So many companies have so many ways of bundling there software it gets hard to figure out after a while. I would try to find someone with an OEM disk, it could be easier to load that way.

Hope this helps you out. Sorry I could be more help.

P.S. I linked the definition of OEM in case you dont understand what I mean. take care. ;)

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If you really want to wipe the hard drive you've got to use dban.

Here's the link.

Unless of course you want someone to recover your files from your "wiped" hard drive.

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  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Feb 26, 2009

    type this


    then press enter

    tell us what it says afterwards, it will list a bunch of files probably, you don't have to list them all, just a few will do.

  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Feb 26, 2009

    It's hard to understand exactly what you're writing.

  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Feb 26, 2009

    Try ArmyMason's suggestion, that's what I would do.

  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Feb 26, 2009

    It was just hard for me to understand what he was typing, that's all.

  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Feb 26, 2009

    It was just hard for me to understand what he was typing, that's all.

  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Feb 26, 2009

    I like helping people and that's what I'm trying to do with you.

    Help you.

    So like I said, I would follow ArmyMason's suggestions.

    When you get to the A: prompt like you did earlier



    if it looks like this afterwards d:

    doesn't matter what comes after the slash as long as it has that "D" as the root.

    Then type:


    and press enter

    if nothing comes up try typing


    then press enter.

    Let me know what happens, I think I can still guide you through this and hopefully change that read mark into a blue one ;)

    oh and btw,

    DBAN is short for:

    Darik's Boot and Nuke

    Which is a self-contained boot disk thatsecurely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN willautomatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk thatit can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk oremergency data destruction.

    Basically it's just cd that you pop into your computer to wipe your hard drive so that even Super Nerds can't get it back :)



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