Cleaning Out Hard Drive
Posted 05 November 2003 - 04:34 PM
Posted 05 November 2003 - 04:52 PM
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If you have the Dell restore CD that came with your computer that would be the easiest method. It will format your drive and reinstall the original software. All your data and settings will be lost.
A more in-depth method is to boot from the WindowsXP CD, run setup, reformat the installation drive and setup, then install all your programs, and restore your data.
Is there a specific problem you're having that causes you to want a fresh install? Maybe we can help you correct it.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 07:02 PM
Cleaning out the junk and "starting fresh again" is the best thing anyone can do for their computers. I do it all the time for that "fresh and clean" feeling. Then incrementally Ghost image it and tuck it away for an instant recall if you ever need to go back in time within minutes. I always partition it into C: and D: or even a third E: or add a Linux partition as well (for obvious geek functionality reasons).. A classic assembly-language-written-utility called 'wipe.com' from ftp://ftp.pc.ibm.com/pub writes zeros to your HDD making sure you don't have stupid overlay software. Be sure to use the latest FDISK.EXE from Micro$oft that supports over 33.6gig / 60 gig limitations , in case you're using a HDD that big, or will be adding a HDD of such a size.. wipe.com is attached - and the way you use it is A:\> wipe 0 [enter] or wipe 1 [enter]
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