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Reformat harddrive i would like to completely erase my harddrive and restore factor settings.

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  • dionneke Aug 13, 2008

    Sorry, I'm dutch, so my englisch is bad.



    But I have the same problem. I want to format C en restore or re-install C. I put every document on D and try to get a new installation.

    However, I don't know how.

    If I put in my original dell Install Windows XP incl service pack 1 and try the setup, he won't start it because it's an older version.

    If I restart the computer with F2, F8, or F12 and make some changes to boot or restart first with the CD-rom device, he just start my windows and won't open the setupinstallation for a brand new windows and formating C.



    Anybody the solution for this problem?? I work 6 years with this computer and would love to have a fresh start as it was delivered with a clean register and no hidden virus or old installation.

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I want to use my original CD's. Those came with the computer and contain Windows XP with servicepack 1, Microsoftworks, drivers etc. I allready have a lot off updates, so when I try to install XP from the CD it tells me I have a newer version on my computer and won't install the older version on the CD. I saw something about Ctrl + F11, but when I push these buttons at startup, he won't react and just starts up my windows.

Posted on Aug 14, 2008

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Are you going to be reinstalling a operating system on this drive and if so which one?

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You will have to reformat the hard drive. Do you have a restore disk? Which Windows are you using?

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In order for the computer to work, and for you to reformat the harddrive, you will need a bootable disk, either one which has a drive utility on it in order to reformat and partition the harddrive or an operating installation disk which includes a drive utility (any windows installation disk has it) - without one you will neither be able to properly reformat the harddrive nor install an operating system on it in order to use the computer.

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You can either purchase a Windows operating system disk, find one (no, not anything illegal - I have spare copies of windows and all of my geek friends have spare copies, because frankly of issues like this),

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Linux typically runs very well on limited resource computers such as the one you are in possession of. Did I mention it was free? If nothing else, you can use it to reformat the harddrive using their Live Boot disk - it allows you to use the Ubuntu operating system without installing it. You boot from the cd and can use their harddrive utility, or install Linux to the harddrive, or just check it out to see how it works.

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I understand that notebooks boots into safemode, but when you are trying to reinstall the OS it is freezing, let me assist you in this regard.

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