I am trying to delete everything on the hard drive and start over
I have a very slow running emachine circa 2003 but it should be sufficient and more efficient if it had less processes running and any spy ware ad ware and I have the manual for the computer and it says to put in the recovery disc before windows boots up and that certain screens will pop up and they do and then it say to push 1 for yes to re install windows and lose the data and I do and it says reading some drive letter and then it goes to like a prompt that says a abort c cancel r retry I put retry and it pops up again ?
Re: I am trying to delete everything on the hard drive...
If the recovery disk loads and asks you for the confirmation then the issue might be the computer is looking for a 2nd CD with the data which is needed. See if you have a #2 CD or something like that to continue the restore process.
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Re: I am trying to delete everything on the hard drive...
It sounds like your recovery disk is damaged or scratched.
Hold the disk, data side up, and look for any small scratches or finger print smudges.
You can clean it with a soft cloth and warm water, by wiping from the inside out (don't wipe "around" the disk).
If it has scratches, you can find a disk repair device at most Audio / Electronics stores (like music stores) and try cleaning the scratches off that way.
If the damage is too severe, you may have to see if you can find a different recovery disk, or you may have to pruchase a copy of Windows to install.
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Pick up a second hand monitor, test your system to see if a signal comes through i.e. you have image on screen. before you do a recovery, perform a back up and restore, to a previous date & time. You may just have a bad monitor.
You need to defragment your hard drive, try this program is free and do the job for you And also you can use this program to see what prgram starts with windows and you can disable some of them to increase speed.
press delete during boot up process enter BIOS then f1 for general help then run chkdsk/f which will automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then try uninstalling a few unnecessary programs type cmd then type chkdsk/f which will automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive then defragment your hard drive good luck with this
#1 Make sure your laptop is free from virus, spyware and trojan. A virus or spyware can make your laptop run slow or even damage the whole system. Run a security scan to find out if there are infection files hidden in the system. The slow laptop would be fixed by eliminating the virus.
#2 Remove obsolete programs to release more hard drive space. Laptop slow problem sometimes would be caused by the less hard drive space. To optimize your slow laptop, you can try to delete those unneeded programs, files from the hard disk especially the system disk.
#3 Empty the Recycle Bin to retrieve more system resource. Your laptop slow symptom maybe arises due to the deleted files in the Recycle Bin. If you forget to empty the Recycle Bin, those files in fact still exist on the hard drive and keep eating up your laptop system resource so that the laptop will run slow.
#4 Scan and fix Windows registry. Do you know how important registry is in Windows system? Corrupted, invalid or malicious registry will slow down your laptop and make it run unstable. You would receive many error messages such as dll errors, Internet Explorer errors or blue screen of death in the using of laptop. Thus, it is necessary for you to fix your slow laptop by cleaning registry errors.
Try deleting all unwanted files like Temp files, disk clean up, disk defragmentation.
Is this during an install or just the start up of your pc? If it is the starting of your pc you might try running your virus/ adware software on your pc.
clear out your C:\WINDOWS\TEMP directory (this is a storage area where files are stored before they are installed). Delete everything in this file, and your problem may be solved completely.
If this does not work, you may also need to clear out your Internet cache (temporary Internet files):
(Internet Explorer) 1. Open Internet Explorer. 2. Click on Tools -> Internet Options. 3a. In IE6 - Click on the 'Delete Files...' button on the Genral Tab 3b. In IE7 - Click on the 'Delete' button under the Browsing History section of the General Tab.
(Mozilla Firefox) 1. Open Firefox. 2. Click on Tools -> Options 3. Click on the Advanced tab -> Network Tab. 4. Click on the 'Clear Now' button under the Cache section.
- Empty your recycle bin
- Run Scandisk 1. Click Start->Programs->Accessories->System Tools 2. Select Scandisk 3. Select your hard drive. If you have more than one, you should scan each drive individually. 4. Click Standard 5. Check Automatically fix errors. 6. Click Start
- Run Defrag 1. Click Start->Programs->Accessories->System Tools 2. Select Disk Defragmenter 3. Select the hard drive you wish to defrag and click ok.
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If your hard drive is too full, then your computer is going to perform slower. Delete old files which are not required. Remove programs that you are no longer using. Delete temporary files. Empty your recycle bin. Right click on Recycle Bin. Click Empty Recycle Bin>Yes. Run an error check on your computer. The error check can remove errors that slow down your computer. If you are using Windows, you can do this by clicking Start>My Computer. Right click on your hard drive (typically c:) and then select Properties. Click the Tools tab>Check Now and then Start. Defragment your computer. A fragmented computer runs less efficiently. By defragmenting your computer, your computer will operate in a more logical and faster way. Clean up your registry. You can purchase software that will fix any registry errors on your computer. Perform this computer maintenance on a weekly basis.
If you have a lot of music files, pictures, large files, etc on your hard drive this will slow down your computer. If you have a good antivirus program you need to run it, because your system could be infected with a worm or virus. You might also want to look at how much RAM you have in your system and upgrade to more if you have any open slots for the modules on your motherboard. If you have a cd/dvd burner, burn those large files onto it I mentioned then delete them from your hard drive > use scan disk to check for errors and automatically fix them > then once that is done defrag your hard drive > Use msconfig in the run box, then go to your start up tab, uncheck anything that you do not absolutely need because when you start your system there are tons of programs running in the background and this takes up system resources. By unchecking them they will not automatically start running when you power your system on. Hope this helps and let me know if you need further assistance.