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How To Clean Hdd Through Bios

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Hi everyone..

My friend trying to get rid of viruses did a complete new installation of his OS. He uses XP Pro. Her tried to do a new installation without cleaning the HDD. Now the virtual Memory is too slaw so Tho OS does not install. It crashes when supposed to save the settings.

I am trying to clean his HDD thorugh BIOS but it is really dificult as I have never used the DELL before.

He is using DELL Dimension 4400 and I have no idea how to delete what he has in his comp.

If anyone knows how to get into bios and clean the HDD. Can you please let me know..

I am gonna be online for the next 15 mins..

Thank you very much
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I would put xp disk in again and when you install pick the new installation option, this will automatically format the c:\ , if you do an upgrade installation it does not clean the hd.

-=jonnyrotten=- <_<
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You might want to consider deleting all parititions, then creating new ones. This cleans a little more than just allowing XP to reformat during its installation. Or, you might want to repair the master boot record, in case the virus is hide therein.

All this can be done via the XP recovery console, which is included on the XP CROM, or which can be downloaded from Microsoft as a set of floppy images. The following links discuss using the recovery console from the CD:



http://www.xxcopy.com/xxcopy33.htm (near bottom)

If the recovery console asks for a password, try either the password for the person who built the PC (first administrator), or simply hit return and hope that it is blank.

Once in the recovery console, type HELP to get a list of commands. Then, tpye a command followed by a space and /? to get info about that command.
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