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Even though the reformat failed, the hard drive was still partially formatted, erasing the operating system (Windows 8). When you format a disk, you are effectively erasing the disk for use by certain software. At this point you will have to reinstall an operating system. To do this you will need to boot from operating system installation disc.
Here is a guide on how to reinstall Windows 8 yourself: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-8/clean-install
If you feel uncomfortable performing the installation yourself, I would recommend taking the laptop (and install disc, if you have one) to a computer repair technician. If you don't have an installation disc, your repair technician can acquire a copy for you, though this should cost extra.
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.
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.
If you mean wiping out all the data and operating system then - This is generally howyour format the hard disk and install Windows. First you need a Windows XP or Windows Vista installation CD and the productinstallation code, which is printed on the Windows label on the bottom of yourlaptop. Boot up with the Windows installation CD start and follow the instructions toinstall Windows. Next Delete the existing Windows partition. Next Create a new partition. Next format this new partition - Format the partition in NTFS not a quickformat. This will prepare the Windows for a clean install. If you do not wish to continue installing Windows then Exit and shut down the computer.
If you mean wiping out all the data and operating system then - This is generally howyour format the hard disk and install Windows. First
you need a Windows XP or Windows Vista installation CD and the
productinstallation code, which is printed on the Windows label on the
bottom of yourlaptop. Boot up with the Windows installation CD start and follow the instructions toinstall Windows. Next Delete the existing Windows partition. Next Create a new partition. Next
format this new partition - Format the partition in NTFS not a
quickformat. This will prepare the Windows for a clean install. If you do not wish to continue installing Windows then Exit and shut down the computer.
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.
If you still have the disk for your OS then the process is fairly simple. Insert the disc and reboot the computer. While the computer is booting hold down ESC or possibly F2, F8, or F12. A boot menu should open up before your operating system begins to load and you should pick to boot from CD Drive. When the setup loads, go through the menus until you get to the section of where to install the OS. Delete all the partitions on your computer and then reinstall the OS on the new one. This will delete everything on your laptop and just have a clean copy of your OS.
If you don't have the original CD you can download and burn this onto a CD and boot it from CD. This will securely wipe your hard drive.
Get an install disk for the operating system you wish to install (Make sure your computer is able to handle that operating system first), then put the disk in and boot to the disk. If your computer is not set up to boot to disk first then you will have to go into the BIOS, usually F2 of F12 on boot (whatever says press to enter setup), then change the boot settings from there.
Once you are inside the installer for that Operating System, it will give you an option to erase the hard drive you are wanting to install the operating system on, and restart new. Just so you are aware, this will reformat and ERASE EVERYTHING on that hard drive, so make sure that you have anything you want saved backed up somewhere else.
Once that is done, continue installing the operating system and then your hard drive will be erased, and the operating system will be reinstalled.
If you were just looking to erase a hard drive, then you can go to my computer, then right-click the hard drive you want to erase, then click format. THIS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING!
Operating system disk - Try to test your Installation CD to other computer. If it doesn't work then you need to replace the disk
Optical Drive (CD/DVD Drive) - If Installation disk works then try to clean your Optical drive lens as it may be having a hard time reading the disk. Your Optical drive is working since you're able to format and able to start the installation. Cleaning the drive lens may do the trick.
Hard Drive - If Installation CD and Optical drive is clean. Then the last thing you need is to replace the Hard Drive. You Hard Drive might need replacement due to some bad sectors and the installation couldn't write anything on the drive that causes to freeze during installation.