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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.

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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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Clean my PC


Over time a computer may experience a debilitating virus infection, system error or hard drive error rendering it unusable. Perform a restore on a Dell Dimension 4600 to resolve any problems the computer may encounter. The restoration will return the computer to the original operating condition, but all the software and other data stored to the hard drive will be erased during the process.

Connect the external hard drive to the computer and wait for its folder to appear on the desktop. Copy and paste any valuable data, documents, photos or other files you want to save to the external hard drive's folder. Right-click the folder and choose "Eject" once the backup is complete. Remove any hardware devices, such as printers, MP3 players, scanners and PDAs, from the computer as they can be damaged during the restoration. Restart the computer and press the "F8" key when the Dell logo appears on the screen during the startup process. The "Advanced Boot Options Menu" will appear. Use the arrow keys to select the "Repair Your Computer" option and press "Enter." Select the language settings for your computer and click "Next." Log in with an administrator account and click "OK." Click on the "Dell Factory Image Restore" icon. Click "Next" in the window that appears and click the box for "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition." Click "Next" to begin the restore process. The utility will return the computer to the factory settings and reformat the hard drive. Click "Finish" to restart the computer with the new operating condition in place.

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Hard disk sector problems


Yes, and maybe.

How's that for a clear, concise answer?

When using the Restoration Disk, or a fresh new Installation Disk; if there are bad sectors you will be advised that CHKDSK, is about to run. (Or instructed to use CHecKDiSK, and how)

CHKDSK will then see if there are good sectors that it can move info over to, OR; you will be advised that you have an irreparable hard disk. (Harddrive)

Reformatting is using the Restoration Disk, or Full Installation disk; and when asked choose Full Install.
(Destructive Installation)

Do NOT click on Format in ANY other way.

USE the Restoration Disk, or Full Installation disk.

(Otherwise you will wipe the harddrive clean, and you do NOT want to do this)

For additional questions please post in a Comment.
Regards,
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Emachine 3653 factory restore


You can use the Restore CD that came with the computer. The eMachines restore disk sets your PC back to factory settings with the original operating system and programs that were shipped with the computer. Doing so resolves many problems that can arise from long-term computer use, viruses, or the operating system slowing down.


1. To do a factory restore insert the restore CD then reboot the computer. When prompted, press any key to boot from the CD.


2. Select the option to "Reformat the drive to factory settings."

3. Follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall the operating system and original software that came with your computer.

4. Once the Restore finishes, you can re-install all the programs that you added to the computer as well as restore your files.


Reminder: Reformatting your computer erases all of your installed programs, personal documents, pictures and music. If you have the ability to, back up all of your personal data using a removable flash drive, external hard drive or DVDs before doing a Factory Restore.

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I need help restoring my emachine t2792 to factore default settings


Go to start menu -> Click on all programs -> click on Emachine ->click on Emachine recovery management -> Click on restore on the bar across the top ->click on restore to system factory default. This will take some time and reset your Computer to factory default. Note:- This will erase all your data also so create backup if anything important is there before you reset to default. If this process doesn't work for you or you dont find the option then Use the disk bundled with PC to restore/reinstall Windows.

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How to factory restore


What operating system are you running ? If you are running XP then go to start - All Programs - then to accesories- then to system tools -then to system Restore then highlight the date to take it back to and hit next . you may have to try a couple times to get a good Restore date but that is ok not to worry.It will Run and then Restart then tell you that is complete or tell you it couldn't Restore . No problem continue on untill you get a good date as I said before.

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Reformating my gateway E 4100


reformatting a drive is a big undertaking, formating the drive will erase everything, including viruses, before you format you need to make sure you have all the discs including the windows disc, driver discs, and a factory restore disc, also you make check the documentation on your system because alot of the gaetway, dell, emachines systems have restore partitions installed on the drive. Also youll need alot of coffee and alot of time, most importantly aside from the windows disc youll need a driver disc for any ethernet or wireless card you have installed. without this you will not have access to the internet most likely and donloading updated drivers is very helpful. This is a time consuming proccess unless there is a restore partition on the harddrive, the documentation will tell you how toaccess it if it exists, if not a restore disc will be nice.

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Don't know how to reformat my emachine T5010 desktop PC


no just put the cd/dvd in the drive and follow the instruction

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I have a HP Pavilion a1419h desktop computer that I bought new. When it died one of my wifes coworkers repaired it with no sound working or HP Updates listed in the system and windows updates will not...


When you bought it new it's important to use the restore disks that should've come with it. Also if you were lucky you'll have the operating system disk. If you restore it will put everything in the PC as it was when you bought it losing any new settings for sound cards you may have installed. If you have the operating system disk, ex: xp - home/pro or other, I think the easiest and most reliable would be to reformat your entire drive and reinstall. You can burn any info you want to keep to a cd/dvd or copy to an external device. I'm pretty sure if you have restore disks the system files for this software is stored on D: partition and reformatting entirely will erase this. Sometimes it's impossible to just reinstall on C: where windows sys. files are held because of the D: partition.
Think of your options & if your still confused post back with the option you want to go with & I'll try to help you through it.

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