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need help wiping and reinstalling hard-drive


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slimrhino

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I have been having some serious problems with my pc and was told that I need to wipe the hard drive and start over. I have all my disks, but I have never done this before and want to make sure that I will be following the right steps. I would hate to totally screw things up. Could someone maybe give me a little advice or a step by step. Thank you
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Hi slimrhino...Welcome to G2G!

Is this an OEM machine? What kind of disks do you have? The more information you can provide, the easier it will be to help you.

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I did this recently for an HP and everything went very well. However all OEM disks aren't equal, some are only good for repair and not reinstallation.
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yes, this is an OEM computer. It is an E-machine T3265. The disks I am refering to are the restore cd's. There are three cd's and they came with the computer. the computer is about a 1 1/2 years old.
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slimrhino...

Turn on the computer.
Insert the Restore CD #1 into the optical drive (D:).
Restart your machine.
Restoration procedures will be started.
When the Microsoft Windows Startup Menu appears, type the number 1 and press Enter.

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Will everything automatically load. Sounds too simple. But then simple things confuse me...lol
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