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I want to reformat my computer with my recovery disks

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  • Using System Recovery CDs
  • Change the boot order in the BIOS:-
  • Turn off the computer:
  • Disconnect devices that are connected to USB, Fire wire, parallel and serial ports, except the keyboard, the mouse anb Internet Connection.
  • Turn on the computer.
  • When the color screen with the logo appears, press the F1 key on the keyboard until Entering SETUP is displayed. (You only have a few seconds to press the F1 key before the normal startup process continues.)
  • Wait until the BIOS setup program opens.
  • Press the right arrow key to select Boot.
  • Press the down arrow key to select Boot Device Priority, and then press Enter on the keyboard.
  • Change the first boot device to CD-ROM using one of these methods:
  • Press the down arrow key to select the CD-ROM item. Press the + (plus) key to move the CD-ROM item up until it is the first item in the list.
  • Press the down arrow key to highlight the First Boot Device selection. Press the + (plus) key until CD-ROM is the selection.
  • Start the recovery:-
  • Press the Eject button on the top CD-ROM drive, and wait for the tray to open. Insert the System Recovery CD #1 and close the tray.
  • Press the F10 key to save the changes and exit BIOS.
  • With Yes selected, press Enter.
  • The recovery window automatically starts; wait for the onscreen instructions to display, and then follow the instructions:-
  • Press R, and then press the F key again.
  • Click yes to perform the full system recovery.
  • Insert the remaining CDs when directed.
  • When the recovery program finishes, click Restart to restart the computer.
  • Before the computer restarts, the CD tray ejects. Remove the CD
  • Return the BIOS to the previous setting
  • When the color screen with the logo appears, press the F1 key on the keyboard until Entering SETUP is displayed. (You only have a few seconds to press the F1 key before the normal startup process continues.) Wait until the BIOS setup program opens.
  • Press F5 Key to Set Default Settings in BIOS.
  • Press the F10 key to save the changes and exit BIOS.
  • Select yes and press Enter.
  • Complete the recovery
  • After the computer restarts, a series of startup screens appear. Complete Microsoft Windows setup as follows:
  • Complete the registration process, and then reconnect the devices that were disconnected earlier.
  • Reinstall software that did not originally come with the computer.
  • Write data files that were previously saved on the backup CD or diskette you made from the hard disk.

Posted on Jul 04, 2008

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SOURCE: how to reformat ibm pc

Hello Gerjoy06

Thanks for the good thoughts. :)

If yours is a Recovery or System Restore CD provided by IBM w/ that particular model computer, then, no, you will likely not need the OS CD.

I have seen some instances where the OS CD and the recovery CD were needed. So, I can't be certain w/out knowing the model and, possibly, the serial no. of that computer. Chances are, however, that you will not need the OS CD.

Please, make sure that you have backed up all of your data as the restore CD will format your hard drive as part of the System Restore process.

I also recommend that you download all the latest drivers from IBM/LENOVA for that computer and burn them all to a CD-R disc before you begin the restore process. It could save you some trouble.


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SOURCE: Don't know how to reformat my emachine T5010 desktop PC

no just put the cd/dvd in the drive and follow the instruction

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SOURCE: reformat windows vista from cd

Click start,all programs,accessories,system tools,system restore,and choose factory settings when the window opens.

Or if you have the vista disk,put it in the cd drive restart and tap the F12 key while it is booting.

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I wan to reformat my laptop but i dun not have a disc to reformat so is it possible to do so without the disc???


Is there a program on your computer that lets you burn a set of "System Recovery" CD/DVD disks, using your computer, and a few "blank" disks?

Some computers have a "System Recovery" partition, that can be accessed only when you turn the computer on, and press a key to boot from that partition, and to restore your computer to its "factory" settings.

Or, telephone the manufacturer, and pay about $20 to order a set of "System Recovery" disks.
Add $20 for overnight courier delivery.

Be sure to make a backup of all your files/music/E-mail/contacts before you do anything else!

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Reformat my computer to windows 7


ATTENTION!
Reformatting a computer will reset it to the factor image, all data must be backed up or it WILL be lost. There are several reasons to reformat a hard drive. A few reasons include but are not limited to: driver issues, virus, cleaning up, getting rid of the computer, etc.

RECOVERY DISKS!
Every new windows 7 owner should know that the new computers are not supplied with recovery disks anymore. The manufacturer allows the user to create one set of disks upon the purchase of a new machine. It is important to create the disks early as driver issues and viruses may arise. In order to create recovery disks on windows 7 you want to click on the start menu. Next, type in recovery in the Start Search option area. Next, click on recovery disk creation and follow the process. It will require that you have about 3 dvds or about 7 cds to create the recovery disk.

REFORMATING HARD DRIVE!
Once the recovery disks have been made reformatting windows 7 is quite simple. Insert the recovery disks into the cd/dvd tray on the machine. You are now going to want to turn the computer off. When the computer has turned off, go ahead and turn it back on. A screen should pop up asking you whether you want to boot from Hard Drive or Disk. Choose the disk option. After you make it this far it is a downhill process. Next you follow the on-screen instruction make sure you reformat the machine, not recover it.

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I would like to reformat the hard disk on my Satellite M70. The computer did not come with recovery disks, but I understand the reformat is possible without.


Is there a utility-program on your current disk-drive that lets you burn a set of Recovery Disks? If so, use it, to create the disks.
Then, use those disks to reinstall Windows.

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I'm facing major problem of active desktop recovery.Also I'm unable to restore my active desktop.


If all fails, then the last resort would be Reformat Your Computer. Save Everything. When you do a Reformat, all data is lost.
I found this on the web. You can click on the link to see it more in view.
http://www.ehow.com/how_5039946_reformat-windows-vista-computer.html
Step 1 ATTENTION!

Reformatting a computer will reset it to the factor image, all data must be backed up or it WILL be lost. There are several reasons to reformat a hard drive. A few reasons include but are not limited to: driver issues, virus, cleaning up, getting rid of the computer, etc.

Step 2 Recovery Disk Creator
Every new windows vista owner should know that the new computers are not supplied with recovery disks anymore. The manufacturer allows the user to create one set of disks upon the purchase of a new machine. It is important to create the disks early as driver issues and viruses may arise. In order to create recovery disks on windows vista you want to click on the start menu. Next, type in recovery in the Start Search option area. Next, click on recovery disk creation and follow the process. It will require that you have about 3 dvds or about 7 cds to create the recovery disks.
REFORMATING HARD DRIVE!

Once the recovery disks have been made reformatting windows vista is quite simple. Insert the recovery disks into the cd/dvd tray on the machine. You are now going to want to turn the computer off. When the computer has turned off, go ahead and turn it back on. A screen should pop up asking you whether you want to boot from Hard Drive or Disk. Choose the disk option. After you make it this far it is a downhill process. Next you follow the on-screen instruction make sure you reformat the machine, not recover it.

Good Luck :0)

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Reformatting your computer, save everything. You will loose all of your DATA.

I found this on the web. You can click on the link to see it more in view.
http://www.ehow.com/how_5039946_reformat-windows-vista-computer.html
Step 1 ATTENTION!

Reformatting a computer will reset it to the factor image, all data must be backed up or it WILL be lost. There are several reasons to reformat a hard drive. A few reasons include but are not limited to: driver issues, virus, cleaning up, getting rid of the computer, etc.

Step 2 Recovery Disk Creator
Every new windows vista owner should know that the new computers are not supplied with recovery disks anymore. The manufacturer allows the user to create one set of disks upon the purchase of a new machine. It is important to create the disks early as driver issues and viruses may arise. In order to create recovery disks on windows vista you want to click on the start menu. Next, type in recovery in the Start Search option area. Next, click on recovery disk creation and follow the process. It will require that you have about 3 dvds or about 7 cds to create the recovery disks.
REFORMATING HARD DRIVE!

Once the recovery disks have been made reformatting windows vista is quite simple. Insert the recovery disks into the cd/dvd tray on the machine. You are now going to want to turn the computer off. When the computer has turned off, go ahead and turn it back on. A screen should pop up asking you whether you want to boot from Hard Drive or Disk. Choose the disk option. After you make it this far it is a downhill process. Next you follow the on-screen instruction make sure you reformat the machine, not recover it.

Good Luck :0)

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The BIOS has nothing to do with reformatting a drive.
If you are doing a system recovery, placing the recovery disks in the CD/DVD will do the job for you. You just must boot from the first recovery disk or, in some computers, choose the recovery option at startup--this uses a recovery partition on the hard drive to do the recovery for you.

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Hello fyregoddess,
Welcome to Fixya! My name's Chris and I'm from Scotland.
This could be because you 'purple' disk is not a Windows XP operating system disk, but a Windows recovery disk. It is necessary to have an actual XP operating disk in order to reformat.
If you think you DO have an actual XP operating system disk (with Serial Number), then it is possible that you have actually been attempting to 'Repair' the computer, not reformat it.
If it is indeed an XP disk, then, when you load it up and attempt to install it, it will give you the option to format the disk with ntfs or FAT32. If you didn't see this option, then you have a recovery disk, and your system has likely been upgraded to XP Service Pack 2. In this case the recovery disk is for XP (the original, part 1, if you like), and will useless for repairing purposes.
If you can borrow an XP disk from a friend, that would be the easiest option. Then you could reformat.
Alternatively, you could download a program that has the recovery utility for XP Service Pack 2, and try repairing the system that way.

You can download it here:

http://wvw.downarchive.com/software/aio/6753-megaiso-2008-multiboot-recovery-cd.html

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and download the RAR files. When you have the RAR files, you have to unpack them (using WinRar or Peazip. Peazip is free). This will give you an .ISO file that you burn onto a disk with a program like ImgBurn or Nero. I recommend ImgBurn because it is easy to use and is completely free.
Load it up on start-up and it'll give you a choice of operating systems. You should choose Windows XPE.

Now you will be doing the same as you were doing before (when you used the 'purple disk'), but you won't face the 'newer version' problem, and it should restore all the systems settings for you.

I know that sounds like a lot of scary work, but unless you can get your hands on an original Windows XP disk and reformat your computer with that, then using the Multiboot Recovery method will be the only way to 'Repair' your system.

I wish you good luck with this, and feel free to leave a Comment if you have any problems. Alternatively, you can try the Chat Live Now button and myself or one of my Fixya expert companions may be able to guide you one step at a time.

Happy Holidays!
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