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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.
follow instructions below 1> Open the system drive, usually titled "Macintosh HD." Open Applications, then Utilities and double click the "Disk Utility" program to open it. A window will open giving a list of all the drives currently mounted on the computer.
2> Select the disk that needs to be formatted on the left. It is not possible to format the startup disk unless the system has booted from the Install Disk. It is important to note that formatting the startup disk will permanently erase the data stored on the disk. If you are planning on erasing the startup disk, back up all important files and applications.
3> Click on the "Erase" tab to the right of the list of drives. The window will now display the options for erasing the hard drive and formatting it to work on the Macintosh computer.
4> Select the Volume Format from the pop-up list. In most cases it's best to leave it at "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as this is the default. This setting is the best option for running Mac OS X. If there are other requirements for the disk, then select the format that best suits your needs. If you have questions about the formats, refer to the Apple user's manual.
5> Name the hard drive. Type a name for the disk in the field where it asks for the name. This name will always appear when the disk is mounted on a Macintosh computer.
6> Click the erase button. A window will open asking to verify the erase procedure. Click the erase button in this window to start the process of erasing the disk. Once the process is complete, the drive will appear with the name it was given on the left side of the window with the list of drives and on the desktop of the Macintosh computer.
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.