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How do I reformat

I have never reformatted a computer before, I'm told its pretty easy, but if possible, I would appreciate some instruction on how to reformat my HP Pavillion dv4000 notebook. It needs to be reformatted pretty badly.. thanks

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I am assuming you will be putting Windows back on your computer. If that is true, just put your Windows disk into your laptop and reboot. A setup menu will start and you will eventually be prompted to choose a partition to install on. Choose the C: drive and then another menu will ask if you want to format using FAT or NTSC. It may also ask either Quick or Full format. If you want a thorough format, choose full and NTSC. Otherwise just choose the Quick and NTSC. Your drive will then be formated and a fresh copy of Windows. I hope this helps.

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  • Write down the brand and information for all the hardware on your computer. Look in the Device Manager and make note of the brand and model of network adaptors, video cards, sound cards, printers, modems, and displays. After reformatting you might need this information to reinstall drivers.

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