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Finding my restore disk damaged I used a disk from another computer. It re-partitioned my HD. After not activating Windowds XP I cannot do anything.
Is it possible to download adequate files to boot up and then reload windows XP.?

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Re: Computer restore

To avoid problems again like this activate it first, if your not familiar to some techniques it very hard for you to understand what I am gonna tell. The most short term for this is to back up all your files[slave your hard disk to another computer if desktop, if not try to make some ways] and then reformat your computer./ Thats it!


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How to reformat a laptop using the F9 function?

So my questions would be are you attempting to restore your PC to factory settings? or put a new Operating System on it?

If you are trying to restore to the way you got it, you probably have a recovery partition on your hard drive. If this is the case you are going to want to restore to your recovery hard drive.

If you are trying to put a new operating system on your PC then you will probably want to recover to the non recovery hard drive.

The other option to use the entire hard drive will give you more space on your PC to use, but will wipe out your recovery partition. Hope this helps.

If this isn't making sense try taking a picture of your partitions and posting up here so we can give you better advice.

Oct 28, 2012 | Motherboards

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How would i go about formatting a computer?

How to Format a Computer

Want to know how to format a computer hard drive?Need to learn how to format your computer and start with a clean slate? Formatting a disk prepares the surface of the drive to accept and store data. Computers are often formatted before they are sold, donated, or returned to an employer. Likewise, computers with viruses or errors can be formatted and returned to their "out of the box" settings.

Warning - Formatting hard drive information does not permanently erase the data. Even after a computer has been formatted, deleted files can be easily recovered. If you want to permanently wipe your hard drive by completely overwritting hard drive data, check out WipeDrive.

How to Format Computer Quick Links:
How to Format a Computer with Windows XP
How to Format a Computer with Windows 95, 98, & ME
Wipe All Data Before Formatting
Reinstall Windows XP
Reinstall Windows 95, 98, & ME
Create a Startup Disk

How to Format a Computer with Windows XP
The first step in learning how to format a computer with Windows XP or 2000, is to insert Windows CD and restart your computer.

Your computer should automatically boot from the CD to the Windows Setup Main Menu.

At the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER.

Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement.

If an existing Windows XP installation is detected, you are prompted to repair it. To bypass the repair, press ESC.

Use the ARROW keys to select the partition or the unpartitioned space where you want to create a new partition. Press D to delete an existing partition, or press C to create a new partition.

Type the size in megabytes (MB) that you want to use for the new partition, and then press ENTER, or just press ENTER to create the partition with the maximum size.

Select the format option that you want to use for the partition (Recommended: NTFS), and then press ENTER.

After the Windows Setup program formats the partition, follow the instructions that appear on the screen to continue installing Windows.

How to Format a Computer with Windows 95, 98, or ME
To reinstall Windows, you will need a Startup Diskette and a Windows Installation CD.

Download the Startup Diskette Creator

Note: We recommend using the Startup Diskette available on this page. Other Windows Startup Diskettes may not work with the following steps.
Once you have your Startup Diskette, insert it into the floppy drive and restart your computer.

Select option #1 - Start the computer with CD-ROM support.

After a minute or so, you will see "A:>_".

Type "fdisk" and press Enter.

If asked to enable large disk support, select Y for Yes. (Note: Some versions of Windows 95 may not be compatible with large disk support. Select N here if it does not support the FAT32 file system.)

Select Option #1 - Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive.

Select Option #1 - Create Primary DOS Partition.

The drive integrity will be verified.

Unless you are planning to make multiple partitions, select Y when asked if you want to use the maximum available size for the partition and to make the partition active.

The drive integrity will be verified again.

When completed press the Esc key to exit fdisk.

Without removing the floppy disk, press the reset button on the computer or press the keys Ctrl then Alt then Delete and release them together. This will restart the computer.

Again, select the option to Start the computer with CD-ROM support.

When you see A:>, directly above it is a message about your CD-ROM drive. It will tell you the letter assigned to your CD-ROM drive, take note of it.

At the A:>, type "format C:" and press Enter.

Press the Y key then the enter key when asked if you want to proceed with the format.

The format will probably take some time, so be patient.

You will be asked to choose a Volume Label, which is a name for your hard drive. It has no effect on the operation of your computer, you may choose any name you like.

How to Reinstall Windows XP
To reinstall Windows XP or 2000, imply insert Windows CD and restart your computer.

If your hard drive has not been formatted, Windows XP will walk you through the formatting process described above

Your computer will automatically boot from the CD and begin the installation process

How to Reinstall Windows 95, 98, or ME
After formatting your hard drive as described above, insert the Startup Diskette into the floppy drive and restart your computer.

Select option #1 - Start the computer with CD-ROM support.

After a minute or so, you will see "A:>_".

Place the Windows Install CD into the CD-ROM drive.

Type "E:" (where E is the letter assigned to the CD-ROM drive) and press the Enter key.

Type "dir" and press Enter. You will see something like the following:

Volume in drive E is 020409_1121

Dec 15, 2011 | ASUS Motherboards

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Can you please give me step by step insturctions on how to totally wipe my hardrive on my dell latitude 600? Then I will refoat it back to its orignal settings. thank You

Unless you're donating the drive, there's no need to do anything before re-installing the OS. When Windows asks where you want to install the OS to, you'll see an option for formatting the drive first.
If you are donating it and are worried about someone recovering the data (after formatting and re-installing, it's not something the average tech can do) I'd recommend booting the laptop off CD/USB drive with this image ( and running one of the Hard Disk Wiping utilities. Mind you, some of the very thorough ones (military-grade) can take DAYS.

Jun 29, 2011 | Motherboards

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Model no. HP DT DX 7480. I do not have CD received at the time purchasing the sysytem. Now the it is not booting to rectify the currupted system.

If your computer was not supplied with a Windows CD then mostlikely the hard disk on your computer has a recovery partition on the hard driveand you can restore your computer back to the condition when you first purchasedthe computer using this recovery partition.
HP can also supply a recovery CD for your model computer if you request one.This is needed when the hard disk has failed.
Read your computer documentation for the instruction on the restore procedure.You also get this information from HP's WEB site.

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I have an old hard drive from a Windows 98 pc that I've put into an external hard drive case. It connects to my Windows XP Pro system via usb cable. The XP machine does not recognize this device even...

The windows XP operating system does not recognize or the partition structure on the old drive is corrupted. If you dont already, place a shortcut to "My Computer" on your desktop. Right click on my computer and click "Manage" then click "Disk management" Here you will see all the hard drives installed on your system, regardless of partition structure or format type. Click the drive in question and install partition or format the drive to NTFS. This should solve your problem if the drive is good.

Jan 17, 2011 | Motherboards

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How to reformat my laptop

Initially backup all the data in the computer.
The reformatting can be done by using the OS installation disk or by using Restore partition . The restore partition will be provided by some laptop manufacture and you need to use the recovery disk to restore it.

Dec 23, 2010 | Intel Motherboard

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I've XP Pro installed on Seagate IDE 80G hard drive about 4 years ago. 4 days ago, when I boot up and it shows the Windows\system32\Config\system is missing. I tried to reinstall XP without format but was...

you will need to repartition the 40gb drive and set the partion active once again for the computer to be able to utilise the disc appropriately.if it has an OS on it i would recommend a full low level format and then using disc management set it active etc.

if this answers your query please rate my answer accordingly


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Drives - size

Resizing partitions is easy with the right tools, and near impossible without them. You will want to first
get a good hard disk imaging program along with an external hard drive (some drives come with imaging software bundled with the drive) a few examples would be Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image, Dantz Retrospect, Powerquest Drive Image and so on. There are even some good freeware and Open Source alternatives. By imaging your c: drive to a USB external drive you can safely edit your hard drive partition tables and then put everything back with no reinstalling Windows or losing any data. You will need to have a bootable recovery CD on hand when it comes time to restore the image from the USB drive to your system drive. I would suggest that you first copy all files you want to keep from the d: e: and f: partitions to the c: partition, then image the c: partition by itself to external drive. Take note of the c: partition type I.E. FAT32 or NTFS. Make a bootable utility disk (Ultimate boot CD available from for free) is one, an emergency boot floppy from Windows 98, ME, NT will work also. Boot with it and run FDISK to delete extended drive letters D E F and then their partitions and then delete the C: partition and finally create the C: partition with all available space and make it active. Replace the utility boot disk with the recovery boot cd, restart the computer and run the image recovery to restore everything back to your now 80gig system drive.

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You may want to re-install XP with your last post. In regards with your first 2 posts. Well all I can say is Diagnose the problem well. You may have a Unrecognized Partition type. You may have a Hardware Problem Diagnose it using the following. It also includes Hard drive partitioning tools. DOWNLOAD HIREN BOOT CD, WRITE THE ISO TO CD THEN BOOT FROM IT Includes HDD Diagnostics for these companies Hard Disk Tools: - Hard Disk Diagnostic Utilities - Seagate Seatools Desktop Edition 3.02 - Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools - Western Digital Diagnostics (DLGDIAG) 5.04f - Maxtor PowerMax 4.23 - Maxtor amset utility 4.0 - Maxtor(or any Hdd) Low Level Formatter 1.1 - Fujitsu HDD Diagnostic Tool 6.61 - Fujitsu IDE Low Level Format 1.0 - Samsung HDD Utility(HUTIL) 2.02 - Samsung Disk Diagnose (SHDIAG) 1.28 - IBM/Hitachi Drive Fitness Test 4.08 - IBM/Hitachi Feature Tool 2.03 - Gateway GwScan 3.15 - ExcelStor's ESTest 3.80 - MHDD 4.6 - WDClear 1.30 - Toshiba Hard Disk Diagnostic 2.00b - SeaTools for Dos 1.08 - HDD Regenerator 1.51 - to recover a bad hard drive - Ontrack Disk Manager 9.57 - Disk Test/Format/Maintenance tool. - Norton Disk Doctor 2002 - a tool to repair a damaged disk, or to diagnose your hard drive. - Norton Disk Editor 2002 - a powerful disk editing, manual data recovery tool. - Active Kill Disk 3.1 - Securely overwrites and destroys all data on physical drive. - HDAT2 4.5.2 - main function is testing and repair (regenerates) bad sectors for devices - SmartUDM 2.00 - Hard Disk Drive S.M.A.R.T. Viewer. - Victoria 3.33 - a freeware program for low-level HDD diagnostics Hope this helps ====================== If you are having trouble with Newly bought items save your self from headaches by returning them and demand a replacement or a refund! You may have purchased a reconditioned\repaired\factory defect product.

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Disk Controller malfunction?

Hi, Based on your post/description a very intriguing problem. Offhand a couple of things come to mind: 1. Verify that the partition is Active. If it is NTFS, fdisk will not work so you may have to try Partition Magic or another third party software; 2. It might be the BIOS, maybe a flash is needed either with the same version or even an updated one if it is available. Although hesitant really to include the flashing option, but you can try if all else fails. Of course this is with the idea that worst case scenario, you are already set on buying a new board and the flash is a last ditch/chance effort; 3. MBR of HD corrupt (possibly virus) which can be worked on by not only reinstalling the OS but deleting old partition and re-partitioning, reformat and reinstall. It may be to your advantage to use the HD manufacturer's utilities to perform this task such as DiscWizard for Seagate, Max Blast for Maxtor and others; Am not sure if you have tried, but you can also: 4. Try another HD; 5. Change IDE or SATA cable. Hope this give you additional ideas and/or work out for you. Good luck and pls post again how things turn up. Kind regards.

Aug 15, 2007 | Syntax SV400 Motherboard

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