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Cleaaring my harddrive

I have been trying to clear my hard drive for some time now using the F11 key however it just doesn't do it. I am trying to get the pc back to the manufactures settings.

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Re: cleaaring my harddrive

You mean if u have a dell with xp you're trying to do ctrl f11.. if your dell has a blue bar up top with it should work. if its vista its just f8 to get repair my computer. im a dell ex technician on the phones. to fix xp version of dell restore u need dsrfix from
if its vista and u ran the anytime upgrade and now wont let you restore u have to run a command with imagex.. its in dell support forums

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Find out the make of your hard drive, and do a format from a bootable cd, at that point you will be able to restore your os

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Re: cleaaring my harddrive

What OS do you have?? You might need the restore cd.

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