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System recovery is for serious disk/operating system corruption problems. There is a system recovery partition on HP laptops that contains routines to restore your laptop to the configuration it came from the factory with. Backup all your personal files to a CD or USB stick or portable hard drive before using system recovery as it will erase anything you have added to your primary hard drive since it left the factory. That can especially be a problem if you have upgraded to a newer version of Windows than what your laptop came with, as HP is somewhat 'known' for not upgrading the recovery partition if you don't have recovery CD's for the new operating system bought from HP. If your recovery partition has been erased or corrupted, you will have to either use HP recovery CD's (which may be available from HP if your laptop is new enough)
or do a format and complete installation from the proper Windows installation CD. Either way, your personal files are toast if you don't back them up first. In some cases of operating system failure, you can get an external USB drive box, put your old HDD in it and use another computer to try and read files from the disk to try and save your personal files.
Hi joe_shadowla, this means the Operating System has trouble finding the startup disk and the OS needs to be reinstalled. You need to have your OS X Install Disk equivalent to 10.5 or higher:
1) Insert the disk and wait for it to load to the Welcome screen
2) On the menu bar go to tools and click on Disk Utility
3) Click on your Hard Drive on the right and click on the Erase tab
4) Make sure it say (Mac OS X Extended-Journaled
5) Erase the Disk and Exit
6) Proceed with the installation and follow the onscreen instructions.
You would require an installation media to re-install OS, So you can't do it without CD or USB thumb drive with installation file.You can call dell @ 8006249896 and ask them for OS disk, If you wouldn't have received with the computer, they will be sending it to you free of cost and it will only take 2 to 3 business days for you to receive those than you can re-install OS.
You need to format your hard disk. Please note that formatting will erase all you data from the hard disk and all the software including the Operating system.
If you have your OS master CD you can insert it in the cd/dvd drive and restart the laptop. This will detect the OS CD and try to install it. In the installation process there is an option "Format your hard drive". You should select that option. Then it will format, mark the bad sectors, create a new boot sector and install the OS. You will be just fine.
You cannot uninstall an operating system once it's installed. The only way to remove it is to reformat the hard drive (meaning erasing everything) and then installing Vista (if you have the isntallation disk that came with the computer). Now some PC's have a restore button like Lenovo or IBM computers where all you need to do is press that button and then it will reload the operating system and therefore erasing the one that's installed in your computer. For all other computer brands, you would need the Installation disk.
If you have the installation disk, just put the disk inside then restart the computer. As the computer restarts, continuously tap F12 to pull up the boot options menu. Then select " boot to optical/CD/DVD drive" then press enter and from there, just follow the instructions and you're good to go.
Note: You should always ask for the Installation disks for the OS (operating system) whenever you
buy one that came pre-installed with an OS. Always.
Right click on the hard drive in 'My Computer' and select 'Format'. This will erase all data on the hard drive. Note, however, that this will also remove the operating system (Windows?) and make the computer inoperable until a fresh operating system is installed.
If you wish to leave the operating system intact you will need to delete all your data folders and files and then empty the recycle bin. This method is not as secure as a format, as the files will actually still exist but only recoverable with specialist software.
Disk UtilityTo completely erase a Macintosh hard drive that runs OS X 10.3.x or above—not just individual files on the drive—you can use the Disk Utility that is built into the Macintosh operating system.
How to Use Disk Utility to Erase a Macintosh Hard Drive (OS X 10.3.x or 10.4.x)
You must reboot your computer using the OS X system CD that came with your Macintosh. To do so, follow these steps:
Insert the CD into the CD drive.
Hold down the C key during the startup process.
Select your preferred language. You will then see the Welcome to the Mac OS X Installer window.
From the Installer Menu Bar, click Open Disk Utility. You will then see the Disk Utility window.
In the left pane of the Disk Utility window, click the drive you want to erase.
In the right pane of the Disk Utility window, click the Erase tab.
From the Volume Format drop-down menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
In the Name field, highlight the existing text and type the name the hard drive is to be called after it's formatted.
NOTE: If you ever plan to connect another computer running OS 9 to this hard drive, you'll want to install the Mac OS 9 disk driver, so that this disk will be visible from an OS 9-booted computer. If you don't know if you will do this in the future, it's best to install these drivers.
The following are the available security options:
Don't Erase Data—This option only rewrites the headers on the disk. Files can be recovered by forensics, disk utilities, and other advanced recovery software.
Zero Out Data—There are forensics utilities that, albeit expensive and time consuming, can retrieve zeroed-out data.
7-Pass Erase—This is considered sufficient by government standards to erase data from a disk. It writes random data over the disk seven times. It may take several hours or more to complete this process.
35-Pass Erase—This makes it absolutely impossible to regain any data off the drive. This option takes an extremely long time, possibly more than one day.
Click the radio button in front of 7-Pass Erase (recommended by UD).
Confirm you want to erase. The program will unmount the volume, partition the drive, and rename the volume to the name you typed in step #7 above.
Which OS you erased first and how did you erased ? Reinstall XP first, it will format the disk (be sure to back up all your files first). Then install Mandriva, it will detect XP and will ask you if you want to install it next to XP so you can have both or if you want to use the entire disk for Mandriva.