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Hard drive I lost hard drive to virus, can I use recovery disk to replace original setup in my new drive?

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  • Sherry Latch Nov 20, 2008

    I am going to need to wipe my hard drive due to antivirus pro 2009...can't seem to eradicate it. However, I only have a Restore DVD, and am wondering what am I supposed to do about putting my OS back?? Any help would be great...

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What exactly do you mean you lost your hard drive? You lost your data? Your hard drive is completely broken? What is the result? You cannot boot up? I'm assuming you have WinXP Home? Please be more specific is what's happening to your computer, your description is vague.

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  • Ray May 13, 2008

    Sorry, this was more of a clarification request than a solution.

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