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My HP labtop computer

I was wondering if there was a disk to completely wipe out my harddrive? theres a virus or something on my computer that is causin it to be really there a disk i can put in here that will erase everything and make it so i have like a brand new labtop?

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    Cary Micheau May 11, 2010

    Yes and NO look at my computer and see if you have 2 hard drives listed one should say recovery or something like that. If you have a recovery "partition" you can reinstall everything back to factory fairly easy and I can help you with that. also b4 you "restore" you may want to try AVG FREE and Spybot search and destroy . Both are very highly rated apps for solving problems like the ones you describe. AVG is for virus and spybot for adware malware and other nastys. If you need assistance let me know.



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Formatting the hard dive using a windows cd will do the trick

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How to reformat laptop

Put the HP restoration disk in the optical drive. When asked choose Full Installation. (Destructive Installation)

DO NOT FORMAT without the disk. You will have a blank harddrive, and no operating system on it! Now you're in for a HARD time.

No restoration disk/s?
Contact HP Support.

(When the first owner gets the new laptop, not long after turning it on you are asked if you wish to make a BACKUP.
THIS, the Restoration Disk.

WELL....why didn't HP send it along?

Many users out there are afraid to attempt repair. Disk goes in a box in the basement, attic, or closet, or out to the trash.

Let's say the disk cost 50 cents. (Half dollar)
Take that times 50,000 computers, and half of the users tossed the disk away, or won't use it.
There goes $25,000 dollars in the trash.

Computer users are more educated now. Want to attempt repair themselves.
Computer manufacturers are starting to include the Restoration Disk/s again.

Backup saved on Drive D:?
Most of the time you can't access it.
Better to use the disk.

Also better to have the disk/s at your fingertips, then trying the DOWNLOAD over the internet junk.
What happens if a problem occurs again?
Better to have the disk/s.

Example from the USA;
The Restoration Disk is free.
The shipping and handling is not.
$17 for a 5 to 7 day ship; $24 for a 2 to 3 day ship.

Call 1-800-474-6836
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Have the Serial Number written down, to give to the nice representative on the phone.

This is on the back of the computer in a white Service Tag.
S/N = Serial Number

For other countries use HP Support Worldwide,


[ Full Installation (Destructive Installation) WIPES ALL personal information off of the harddrive;
1) Programs and applications you have downloaded, or installed
2) Personal documents you have created
3) Photos, videos, music

Computer goes back to Day 1 when it came from the factory.

Repair (Non-Destructive Installation)
Repairs the basic Windows files, and no personal information is lost.

Is this a malware problem? (Virus / spyware / adware, etc)
Use the FREE version of Malwarebytes from CNET.
Follow with the free version of AVG ]

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Reformate the harddrive wipe clean

Formatting will not wipe the hard disk clean completely. If you do not intend to install Windows back on the hard disk then use this program -
Wipe Data off Hard Disk with Darik's Boot and Nuke, (DBAN) Create a Darik's Boot and Nuke on CD disc, then boot up the computer with this disc.

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Have a virus in the harddrive nothing of importance on computer I would like to format harddrive .I have another xp cd to use need instuction on how to do this please help

What I am about to tell you is not a normal solution. If you don't have anti virus to use to clear the virus out or access to another computer to get something like "Stinger" from McAfee you can format and install the OS again but if you don't do it just right the virus will just put itself back in. This assumes you don't want to save any information on the drive whatsoever. Get a DOS boot disk from another computer and write protect it. Remove the battery from the laptop and connect the power cord. Insert and boot the computer from your DOS boot disk. I prefer to use "Knoppix" for this procedure because it is a Linux based OS that runs from the CD Drive and is Free. Cost about $3 at a used book store if you get a book with it. Using the DOS disk once the computer is booted switch to the C drive and type "part" or "fpart" this should bring up the DOS partitioning tool. Select the option to remove all partitions. Once complete reboot the computer using the DOS disk. Now Format the drive using "format c:" command. Remove the DOS disk and disconnect the power cord once the format is complete. You don't want to power down you just want to pull the cord, this is to stop the Virus from writing itself back to your disk from memory which is what will happen if you use the power button. Plug the cord back in and insert your XP CD in the drive then boot the computer from the XP CD and select to format the Drive in NTSF in the Windows installation process. This should remove all traces of the virus unless it is an MBR virus in which case you will have to get a tool like "Stinger" from McAfee. This tool is free to down load and can be run from a 3 1/2 floppy that is formated as a boot disk. The process will get rid of most viruses but something like 123MBR or any of the other MBR viruses will remain because they write themselves to the Master Boot Record which is the first thing the computer loads once it reads the Drive. These MBR viruses are read into memory when the computer starts which is why that are so hard to get rid of and a simple Format doesn't really touch the upper segments of the Master Boot Record where they reside that is why you had to do a partition in the beginning of the process.

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1. i hope you have backed up of all your data from the HDD.
2. format the HDD and reload the OS - but this time, make sure that you have atleast 2 partitions.
3. keep all your important in the second (non-system) partition.
4.after you have reloaded the OS, please get a good anti-virus and anti-spyware application and scan your computer regularly with them.

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