how do i wipe my hard drive?
Posted 23 November 2009 - 08:37 AM
Posted 23 November 2009 - 09:16 AM
Most laptops now have a recovery partition on it and you can use it to completely return the system back to factory settings.
Posted 23 November 2009 - 10:26 AM
shut down the system. Then start it up. Right after pushing the power button to start it, hold down the CTRL and keep tapping the F11 key(for XP). If you have Vista just tap on F8(no need to hold down CTRL). A symantec recovery application(PC Restore) window will start up. just follow the instructions on the window.
To access the same recovery within windows.Type c:\dell\utilities\dsr\ and run Boot_DSR.exe. Then click YES and the system will reboot into the PC Restore without having to press any keys.
But if your HDD has already been reformatted and the recovery partition for has been deleted, your only option is to reinstall windows from a Microsoft Windows XP installation disc.
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