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format of harddrive?


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woody1977

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I want to reformat my harddrive, completly wipe it and start over again, how do I do this?? Can I do it through the pc somehow?? or will I need to get a "copy" of xp.
I have a reg number that come with the pc, it is official, so don't close the thread 'cos I said copy :tazz: I feel that now that I am 2 years more experienced on my pc, that I should get rid of everything and download all that I want again, shouldn't take much more than an hour. The other problem I have is that I have Norton, and don't know where my serial no. is, it originally came with 6 months sub on it, so will this just kick in again, or is there some way that I can get my number again.

cheers woody
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umm, If you have a reg number, than you should also have a recovery disc. That reg number will only work with the recovery disc. If you don't have this disc anymore, you can re-order it from your manufacturer (i.e. Dell, Gateway, etc)
Note: Most manufacturers charge about $10 for this disc.. Depends though. Check out their web-site or customer service for more information.

In regards to Norton, you can find your serial number for this by going to Help > About. It should be displayed there.. If you can't find it, just go buy another Norton Antivirus, it is only about $40 in most stores.

At least it could be said, that you need the exact type of disc your reg number is for. So, you will need a recovery disc. Beyond that, if you don't know what the reg number is from, just go buy a new Windows disc(full retail) or try getting an OEM version (~$100-150 depending on your version, plus the cost of OEM-hardware you purchase with it) Go online and search for OEM Windows XP. Try Nextag.com. You are sure to find a good price.
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It's ok I have found out how to do it, I can smart restor through packarbell support, through all programs.

cheers woody
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