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DELL reformating I have a dell that has virus on it, i am trying to reformat the computer to just erase everything anf start over but when i try and reformat the computer is says it cant find a hard drive. There is a hard drive because i am able to start and use the computer. Please help! thanks

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On boot press the key that will open your BIOS (usually flashes which key this option for a second or two on boot, or just press F1, F2, and the delete key on boot) and set the boot order to CD ROM drive first, then with the Windows CD/DVD in your CD's tray reboot and look for a prompt to press any key to boot to the CD and press a key. This prompt will only show for a few seconds, so you have to be quick. Once booting to the CD you should get to the format and partition screen where you can delete partitions, create new ones, and then format the one you want to reinstall your OS on and the rest should be easy.

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