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Rachel Hack Sep 17, 2008, 07:39pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I want to total wipe out the hard drive and redo it. I dont know a whole lot about computers. So could someone help me out? I just don't know where to start. I have windows XP. Do i go into control panels and add/remove programs and then delete it and then totaly reinstall it? Help Please!!!!:~


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Gerritt Sep 17, 2008, 08:13pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I want to total redo my hard drive
It really depends on what you mean by a "total redo".
As pertains to a HDD, they have a Low Level Format, a Partition, a High Level Format, then the Data that resides there.
In most modern HDDs we can discount the Low Level Format, but that still leaves several options and/or steps.
If you truely want to start from scratch, then it will require a repartition and reformat of the HDD, and you'll most likely want to do this via a OS re-install.
During the OS reinstall process, you'll be given several options, of which will include deleting partitions and recreating them. A scratch rebuild would require both. You'll want to delete all of the present partitions, then create one or more. These partitions will soon become associated with "Drive" letters such as C: D:, etc.
IN MANY cases, you do not want to do this. Especially on systems that have a "diagnostic" or a "recovery" partition. These Partitions are reletively small, but could be necessary for your system health, either before or after the rebuild. In these cases, you do not want to remove the partitions.
So this leaves the option to reformat or not.
If your present situation is that you have a lot of "cruft" (un-necessary code that is slowing your system down), and you just want to have everything clean, then select the install option that permits a "system drive" format and a re-install.
Realize that this will require that you re-download all patches, and re-install all products and that you'll loose all the data on that "partition"/"drive letter (such as C:).

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Meats_Of_Evil Sep 18, 2008, 12:15am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I want to total redo my hard drive
Well, like Gerrit said. Although based from your post I assume you didn't understand what the hell he was talking about? lol

Ok, in simple steps:

1. You need to have the Windows XP cd-key and of course the installation disc.
2. After you found the disc put it in your Dvd drive and restart yor Pc.
3. When the Pc is starting make sure that it boots from the DVD you can either choose a manual boot drive by pressing ESC or by going in the bios by pressing delete and setting the dvd drive as the "primary boot device". So, when it's starting you will see a message that reads "Press any key to boot from cd", so do as stated and the progress will begin.
4. After everything finishes loading select the install Windows option.
5. Then select the partition where you want to install Windows which in this case will be in the same Hard drive where you have the current Windows XP.
6. Then press enter or whatever key it asks you to press to proceed, then follow instructions and choose the reformat option.
7. After that a progress bar will appear, after it finished the PC will restart automatically. So let it sit after it has restarted and let boot all by itself without touching anything. This will bring you to the Windows XP installation GUI.
8. So basically, just wait an approximate 25mins (depending on PC) and keep an eye on the progress as it will ask you to input your name, CD-key, data etc. If all goes wlel you'll have a brand new Windows XP re-install.

After you have Windows XP, set up your internet connection and make sure that you update to the latest security update; DO NOT go surfing the web in Internet Explorer without the security updates. Do this by going to Start, then search for Automatic update. If you have an older version of Windows XP then this will take some time depending on your Internet connection which I hope it's a 2mb dl or better.

Ok, after you have everything up to date then go to Internet Explorer and download Mozilla Firefox (Your soon to be new, secure, awesome web browser) then proceed to download every security software of your liking and install them one at a time.

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Rachel Hack Sep 18, 2008, 11:38am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I want to total redo my hard drive
Ok I have 2 CD's that came with the computer. Which one is the one that I use. One says Application and Driver Recovery DVD and the second says Operating System CD ? Not sure which is the one that I put into the computer when I restart the computer?

Reason   Sep 21, 2008, 01:25pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I want to total redo my hard drive
Rachel Hack said:
Ok I have 2 CD's that came with the computer. Which one is the one that I use. One says Application and Driver Recovery DVD and the second says Operating System CD ? Not sure which is the one that I put into the computer when I restart the computer?


The operating system CD is the one you want at first. You'll want the other one after you've reinstalled Windows.

Remember, once you've reinstalled, EVERYTHING will be gone - email contacts, pictures, music, etc, so back up anything important before you do it.

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Jean Smith Sep 30, 2010, 02:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: I want to total redo my hard drive
Guidelines on how to partition a hard drive by Creating, Deleting, Formatting and Resizing Partition

john albrich Sep 30, 2010, 12:29pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 30, 2010, 12:34pm EDT

 
>> Re: I want to total redo my hard drive

Rachel, the very first thing before you do ANYTHING else to your system...

Do you have any unique and important data (documents, pictures, spreadsheets, etc) or applications that exist on that disk that you can't copy or re-install from another source?

If you do, you will want to figure out what you want to do with them before you go re-partioning, reformatting, re-installing, repairing, etc. as those data will be destroyed and unrecoverable if you do some of the things mentioned above.


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