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Help... I am looking into dumping my hard drive because of viruses and reinstalling windows xp I don't need to save anything just want to start fresh... I have a HP Pavillion 7917 and I am not sure how to doit... Thanks... I know that staples does it but they charge an arm and a leg.... I know with some Help I can do it...

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Dumping of of your hard drive is so expensive, you canstill use that what you need is to install anti viruses but if your operating system is alredy been affected you need to reformat this. in formatting you need to configure your bios by starting the 1st boot device must be the cd rom. your xpcd must be in the cd rom once restarted after the bios configuration in order to start your operation and to reformat your hard disk. just follow the instructions you'll see in your monitor you'll succeed in your reformatting this. if you have some queries feel free to e-mail me and i will guide you.

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Windows will not start, I got a blue screen. My pc will not start windows now

BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH they call it. could be you pc is dead, or some major part, Hard drive, motherboard, etc. could be a software issue ie Windows to a hit...which means changing hard drives or trying reformatting drive, reinstalling windows. to save your personal files on drive before formatting, you either take it to shop to dump it if possilbe, or try it yourself by taking it out, buying transfer case, and hook it up to another pc to dump files. its going to be alot of work. shop will charge from $75-180 average

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Hard Drive Basics and Beyond Part3

Have your Windows CD handy as it will ask you to place it in the tray.

And Finally

Use a driver saver tool to avoid all that cruising the internet for the motherboard drivers your computer came with. This will save you from hours of frustration and fix any lost drivers that windows or malware have destroyed or corrupted. I use (Driver Backup Which is
available at Cnet's Copy the files you save to a flash drive or CD and you will never regret it!

The DEAD Hard Drive! Or is it?

If all else has failed and Windows no longer starts up as it should, you will have ended up here in the Uh Oh area!

By now your local PC shop has told you that you have a virus and you need to format your hard drive because they are too incompetent and lack the skill and education to remove the virus with a standard Antivirus that any moron can buy at the local Costco, Walmart Target store or mall.

You didn't think they actually used anything you can't buy yourself did you?

The sad fact here is, that most people can do everything most every PC repair shop does on a daily basis in their own home with very little effort. Most PC shops simply Start your PC and if it won't start Windows properly, they will tell you that a hard drive wipe or (Format) is the only
way to save your computer.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

Using the basic methods I have described above you can solve most of these problems yourself.
If you have a virus, just refer to my Article titled (Virus Facts and FYI).
Remember that almost no PC shop will care one iota about your personal data, or how long it took you to scan those family photos you use as a screensaver, or the Long reports you wrote for the Boss, or that novel you have been working on for the past 3 years.

There are some exceptions of course, and there are some genuine Computer Techs who will go that extra mile just to see you smile. But most of these guys have messy hair, work at home or smell like last nights Pizza. These guys are the ones you want. Not all of them are as wise as they should be, and some have Ego's the size of Dallas, while others will unscrupulously swap parts with your PC to upgrade their own PC hoping you will never find out. I know of a large computer firm near me that does this routinely and they have the whole town fooled.

But they DO exist, and have a head full of knowledge that will benefit you tremendously should you find the right one. So if you feel inadequate to use the steps provided so far, find a guy that has no shop, but everybody knows and trusts with their PC,

Back to the dead drive, (sorry I wandered)

So here you are with a hard drive that no longer boots or runs windows.
What about your data? You can save that with a USB to IDE/SATA connector.
This little device usually sells for under $20 and can be attached to any hard drive you care to place on it except for the SCSI variety.
To use this device, you will need to:

1. Remove your hard drive from your PC
2. Find a PC with enough free hard drive space to store your data on.
3. Scan the drive for viruses and malware with this other PC.
4. Scandisk and Defrag it to speed up data transfer and eliminate errors.

How do I know where to find the files I want to save?
Here is what you need to do first:

1, In XP go to (Tools), then (Folder Options) then (View) and uncheck anything that says hide.
2. Then go to (My Computer) and open your main drive, Usually C:
3. Open a folder called (Documents and Settings)
4. Look for a folder with your Login name and open it.
5. Do not drag these folders to your computer (Application Data, Cookies, My Recent Documents, NetHood, PrintHood, SendTo, Start Menu,
Templates, or Windows) as these will be useless on your newly formatted drive. If you have to format! and we really DON'T want to do that!
6. Create a new folder on the desktop of this other PC and call it anything you want and drag the rest of the folders there.

Take care to not delete or move any of these folders since we will be trying to restore your computer to as close to the pre-crash state as we can without losing data. If all goes well, your desktop will look the same, your (My Documents) folder will be intact, and most, if not all of your original programs will run as they did before your PC crashed.

Now you have a backup copy of your crucial files and can safely try to revover your hard drive and windows installation.

What if I use Outlook or Outlook Express!

(This will only work if you can still access windows)
This is usually only a problem on PC's where the email client is based on the ISP's settings and local mail delivery system. Saving your Emails is as easy as clicking one email item, going to the Edit tab and selecting all, then copy and past the selected Emails to the folder of your Choice, Obviously you should name it My Email or some such thing. Do the same for any Folders you created with your email client by opening them, select all, then copy and paste. When your new windows installation finishes (if you end up reinstalling) Simply drag and drop them right into the email clients inbox window and you'll be good as new.

Now you can reinstall your hard drive to your original computer and begin the data recovery, or reinstallation process. This will require you to use your original Windows CD and Product key.

On To The Real Fun Now !!

# Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

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Reinstall windows


Yes. Once you reinstall the windows, it would Fix the issue. Make sure, you need to Format the Drive before you Install windows.

Note - This would result in Loss of Data.


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I installed Window XP over my existing XP.

just take win98 bootable CD. Thats the best OS. format whatever partitions you wan't after setup starts through 98.

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Error message NTLDR missing on formatted hard drive

You need to either reinstall windows, or take the hard drive out, hook it up as a spare drive to a working computer and copy NTDLR to the root of the laptop hard drive. It would be much easier to reinstall windows. You can always use the recovery portion of Windows, but if I were you I would just do a format and reinstall. NTDLR is just a startup file for Windows XP, that does not mean your hard drive is gone or anything. Please don't forget to rate!..Thanks

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ALTDR.EXE is a virus. You will need to remove it with anti-virus software and then install windows (or you could format the drive before installing windows xp, if you don't have anything on it you want to save).

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Multiple viruses on a Dell Dimension 1100

Formatting your hard-drive is the easiest way to eliminate anything on that hard-drive. Follow my steps below to do just that.

Start your computer so you can open the CD-ROM drive. Insert the Windows Installer into the CD-ROM drive. Close your CD-ROM Drive. Shut down your computer.

Now start your computer and while your system starts up look for an option for the, "Boot Menu" or, "Boot Device." It will have a key associated with it that you have to press continually for you to enter the menu. For instance:

(F8) Boot Menu.

Here's a hint to help you out. If you see the loading screen of your operating system, you've missed your window. Restart and try again.

Now just to clarify, we're not out to change the boot sequence, we're trying to boot from a specific device. Once you find that menu select your CD-ROM drive and press enter. It might ask you to, "Press any key to boot from CD-ROM drive." As it mentioned, press any key. Afterward the Windows Installer will launch.

Follow the directions on the screen to set up Windows. Yeah, it will warn you that there is another OS installed on your primary Hard Drive and that it might be better for you to, "Repair" your system. Ignore that and continue with the process to Install Windows. Before the final step to install Windows there is a screen that allows you to partition your hard-drive. In this are, erase ALL partitions. Afterward create a new one which will be your C:\ drive. If you want to partition your drive further, go ahead. However, at this point you can continue the Windows Installation and the Installer will ask you if you want to format with the NTFS or FAT32 type. Format with the NTFS type.

Now the Windows Installer will erase EVERYTHING on your hard-drive and proceed to install Windows XP.

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Hey you posted this earlier i need help!PLEASE!

If you want to reinstall Windows XP from scratch, try this link, it will give you the step by step guide on how to do it.

Note : If you reinstall Windows XP, You will lose you data.

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Hard drive

You will need to try a recovery disk or a working version on windows XP or Vista to boot from and repair, or format hard drive.

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Erasing hard drive

Dear Comfused,

What u have to do is take a bootable windowsXP CD boot u r system with that CD it will automatically boot the system with that CD if the system not booting with that CD then u have to go in BIOS
now go to the boot option then select 1st boot device CD drive. save it and exit from BIOS now it will restart the system no it will boot from CD then follow the instruction shown in the screen and format the C drive then it will install the fresh windows XP. Now u r hard disk get erase and u also get the fresh Operating System I hope this information will going to Help u out.


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