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Restore hard drive and wipe out everything on it

I need to find out how to resoter my hard drive to the facotry setting and delete everything from my hard drive.

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Re: Restore hard drive and wipe out everything on it

Dell always send with a new computer one cd to restore the OS of the computer.

If you have this CD put it into the CD drive and boot the computer, follow the instructions on the screen.

Or put an windows CD into drive and boot the computer.If you use this second option you will have to download the device drivers from dell support page.

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Format? Format is for a hard drive, so what is it that you want to do? Are you trying to Format your hard drive so nothing is on it. Formatting a drive wipes out everything, the drive is completely empty until you put something on it.

Maybe you are talking about doing a System Restore which will set you computer back to a particular date and time before you started having problems. System Restore does not delete your data, documents, music, pictures, videos or programs (unless the program was install after the restore point date and time you selected). To get to System Restore Click Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore and select a restore point (date and time before you started having problems).

Maybe you are talking about System Recovery. System Recovery sets your system back to when you first purchased it from the store. It deletes everything. All your data, documents, music, pictures, videos and any program you installed after you purchased it will be gone. Normally to get to System Recovery you will have to hit one of the F1 thru F12 keys repeatedly when you press the power button. Your manual will tell you the exact key to hit. Sometimes the Recovery will be listed on the program list. Click Start/Programs/ and look for System Recovery, it might be inside of one of the Acer Folders in the program list. Hopefully there is a Recovery Partition on your hard drive called Recovery. Click Start/My Computer and look to see if you see a Recovery drive listed. Sometimes the drive is hidden so you can't see it. If the drive is not present you will need a set of Recovery Disks you created or the manufacturer gave you.

Maybe you are talking about Reinstalling Windows. If you do a Clean or Complete Install it will format the drive and delete everything before installing windows. There are ways to do a Repair Install that will save all your data, documents, music, pictures, videos and programs. You will need an Operating System Disk to perform a windows installation. It has to be the exact operating system as that which is on your Certificate of Authentication (COA) sticker on the computer somewhere. If it says Windows XP Professional you cannot use a Windows XP Home disk to do the install and vice versa.

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You should get the software for your hard drive manufacturer to wipe the drive.

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You need the C521 recovery disk, from Dell. Set the BIOS to boot from CD and start the system.

If it gives you the option of "Complete Reinstall" or "Repair", choose Complete Reinstall.

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I have a Dell Dimension 4700 that I am preparing to sell. I tried to use Dell PC Restore (Control, F-11) to get the computer back to the way it was when I purchased it, and delete my files. The system...

How you wipe the drive depends on what state you want the PC to be in when you sell it. Some of the Dell drivers may be needed for things like video, chipsets, the hard drive(s), modem (if equipped), the CD/DVD drives, sound, etc.

You can wipe the drive and just leave the operating system, then re-boot and see what the operating system finds and needs to install drivers for. That's where you'll need the Dell discs.

Then go to "My Computer", right-click the icon, choose Properties, click the hardware tab and click the Device Manager tab. Check the list of installed devices and if you have any question marks or explamation points. If you do, you may need to install additional drivers for those devices or get them from the vendor on the internet.

A government wipe can be 1 pass, 3 pass, 7 pass DoD, Schneier, or 35 pass Gutmann (takes a long time).

I usually wipe the drive, re-format it, re-install the operating system and drivers and then sell it. This is also a good time to open the case and blow all the dirt out of it. Don't do this in the house - it can make a mess.

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