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Help! Erase computer & start over - June 30, 2008, 08:24 AM

I would like to erase everything on my Dell computer and start over. Can someone give me step-by-step instructions? Also, I don't have any of the cd's that came with the computer, I may have thrown them out (yes, I know! - lol)

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starting over is hard with no CDs unless you have a copy of an operating system disk. Erasing everything is easy though.


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June 30, 2008, 08:26 AM

(Formatting a PC is to delete all the data that currently is on your Computer and upgrade it to a newer version of an operating system or install the same operating system once again on the same computer.)
A virus has intruded in your PC or you want to upgrade from your older versions of Windows,
you will have to format your PC. Formatting your PC can sometimes be a very tough process if
you do not have the proper knowledge.
There are many benefits of formatting such as:

Faster Computer

No Virus

etc.
But there are some disadvantages too:

You lose all your data

You have to install all your favourite software once again.
Now, lets start the process of formatting a PC.
First of all, you will need a bootable disk of WINDOWS XP to boot your computer from the
disk.
Warning -- Please backup all your data before you format your PC.
The process of formatting is as follows:
1. Insert the WINDOWS XP bootable disk in the CD drive.
2. Restart your PC (if it was already running).
3. Press enter when the monitor reads PRESS ANY KEY.
4. Now comes the time to partition your drives.
5. If you want to delete any partition, press D or L(whichever is displayed on the screen).
6. Afterwards format the drive you want to install the operating system (XP) in.
7. Press ENTER.
8. The formatting will start.
9. Follow the procedures.
10.It should take around 40 minutes for the installation to finish.
11.Use windows(HAVE A GOOD TIME).
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June 30, 2008, 08:28 AM

Create MS-DOS bootable diskette
When formatting a floppy diskette, users have the option of creating a MS-DOS startup disk, follow the below steps to do this.
  1. Place diskette in the computer.
  2. Open My Computer, right-click the A: drive and click Format.
  3. In the Format window, check Create an MS-DOS startup disk.
  4. Click Start
  5. Boot to diskette
  6. after boot you will see a prompt. Type Format C:
  7. answer the "are you sures"


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June 30, 2008, 08:32 AM

No virus. I want a faster running computer. lol.

Ok, so I am going to make my own bootable. Si?

How do I get the Windows XP disk?


*I know I can probably take it to someone, but I want to learn how to do this myself.


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June 30, 2008, 08:33 AM

well if its a newer dell use the system restore option.

When your computer boots you should see a system restore option it's like F11 or F12 you hit it and goes thru the steps and you want to do a clean restore of windows taking it back to factory defaults and deleteing all the crap you had on it what kind of dell is it the model # and if you need windows disks let me know i have 95 98 98se ME NT 2003 Xp( home or pro or 64 bit edition) and Vista ( 32 and 64 bit ver) just let me know

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June 30, 2008, 08:38 AM

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No virus. I want a faster running computer. lol.

Ok, so I am going to make my own bootable. Si?

How do I get the Windows XP disk?


*I know I can probably take it to someone, but I want to learn how to do this myself.
You can always download bootable Windows XP off the internet. Such as " http://isohunt.com/torrents/windows+...&ihs1=2&iho1=d " OR ask anyone who’s willing to give you disk and product CD key.

After you format your Dell PC, make sure you download all the drivers off the dell.com website.
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June 30, 2008, 08:39 AM

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I would like to erase everything on my Dell computer and start over. Can someone give me step-by-step instructions? Also, I don't have any of the cd's that came with the computer, I may have thrown them out (yes, I know! - lol)

Thank you!
Go to www.ubuntu.com. Click the download link. Get the install disk image. Burn it to a disk. Reboot the computer and boot from the cd drive. Install Linux. Cry (optional).

Alternatively, if you're good and sick of Windows, you can probably install Mac OSX pretty easily if your hardware is supported. PM me if you're interested.


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Download a Live CD of Ubuntu and burn it onto a CD. Re-boot with the CD installed and say hello to linix. If you like it you can use the same CD to nuke your HardDrive and install the Ubuntu distro onto your computer.
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What model Dell is it...i have a bunch of Restore disks from Dell at work. PM me.
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call Dell, get them to send you a CD.

The linux ideas or standard OS installs are bad ideas because of the multiple driver issues you're going to deal with. Get the disc for your model dell and be done with it.


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bring the computer to the golfing, and after wards it iwll take about an hour for me to refresh it


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June 30, 2008, 10:07 AM

All good stuff!! Thanks.


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Ok, I tried to get my files off my computer but I can't!! I can't even use an external CD drive or thumb drive. The computer won't do anything.

I received the following errors after a diagnostic: 0F00:075D; 0F00:0240; 0F00:1A40 -- all under SATA (my hard drive). I'm guessing my hard drive is going bad.

Can anyone tell me how I can get my files off my computer??

And since Apple is $1000+, I would like to purchase a new HD and install it myself. Any thoughts??

Current computer:
Dell Inspiron E1501


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Can anyone tell me how I can get my files off my computer??

Gracias!
provided that the HD isn't toast - you need a USB to SATA/IDE adapter and another PC to transfer your files too.

Interestingly enough I have a USB to SATA/IDE adapter.


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