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how do i erase my comp so its like new

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BAM

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Post Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:08 pm

i want to make my computer like wen i first bought it with nothing on it... how can i do that?
Tim

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Post Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:19 pm

reboot with your OS CD in. Make sure you boot from CD first and not the hard drive. You'll see a blue screen for a while. It'll ask you want you want to do. You want to format your main partition. It'll ask you if you are sure you want to do this. Hit Y or whatever is the Yes key. Go ahead and do the quick format. That's a basic runthrough. I'm sure another member can go more in debth.
StrtGlowerZm180

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Post Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:21 pm

if you have a restore cd. just pop it in when you reboot your computer and it will format the HD and reinstall the operating system or you can find a boot disk that will format the HD. Another option i use is because i have external HDs i just pop the HD i want to format out of the computer and use my external cases that are usb to plug it into another computer and just choose format.
justin

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Post Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:22 pm

what operating system?

im going to assume xp.

stick your xp cd in, restart computer... it should say 'press any key to boot from cd' if it doesnt, and continues on like normal, you need to set your boot order (in bios) to check for a cd first.
press any key.
let it load.
use the xp setup util to delete the c: partition, then recreate it, and format using NTFS file system.
should be all clear from there. just gotta find drivers for all of your hardware after that. actually, i would recommend finding drivers before you format. its easier.

need details? just ask.
justin

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Post Wed Nov 16, 2005 2:22 pm

holy **** treed batman.
ProjectRAGE

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Post Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:17 am

buy new harddrives, or get those programs that erase your harddrive, the gutman pass or whatever..

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alienyoungjr

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Post Thu Nov 17, 2005 8:00 am

grab a magnet, a fairly good sizee one, and just run it over the hard drive while its spinning. That should scramble it.
corvettecrazy

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Post Thu Nov 17, 2005 8:15 am

alienyoungjr wrote:
grab a magnet, a fairly good sizee one, and just run it over the hard drive while its spinning. That should scramble it.


X2, that will wipe it clean
02BlueStang

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Post Thu Nov 17, 2005 12:25 pm

haha I love the magnet idea however good chance it will never allow you to add new info to it either and become a book end holder icon_lol.gif

either get a program to completely erase the hard drive or reformat the drive using the boot CD like was explained....if it doesnt enter setup from a CD then when you restart the computer keep hitting F2 and it will enter setup for you and you can start it from there.....

usually just reformatting the HD will not completely erase everything, but its pretty darn close
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