Cleaning the hard drive

By dg110270 ยท 4 replies
Sep 7, 2008
  1. I have a Dell Dem 2400 with XP on it. I want to completely clean the hard drive & reload XP. Can I use a Microsoft Format Utility and then reload or will loading the XP CD format & clean the drive?
    The reason for wanting to do this is because I think I have a virus.
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    Some viruses can be removed with a little work and a format and reinstall isnt always needed, however if this is the path you wish to use simply boot from the XP CD and follow the prompts to install a new copy of XP. when you get to the part about the available partitions choose to remove them all and then recreate them, this will erease all the data on the drive.

    Make sure you have backed up your important data and that you have all the drivers you need before proceeding.

  3. dg110270

    dg110270 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Thanks for the help. I'll give it a try.
  4. AdvancedSetup

    AdvancedSetup TS Rookie Posts: 16

    Also make sure you have the correct CD KEY for the installation or you really be stuck.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    If your Dell Dimension 2400 has its Recovery Partition still
    You can restore it by pressing F12 when the blue Dell text appears after POST. There's a restore partition on the hard drive with a Ghost image of the original OS install.

    You run this and it formats the drive and does a new install of XP - DELETING ALL DATA on C Drive

    Once completed you may need to update all your drivers H E R E

    If the Recovery Partition no longer exists, you are able to use Ididmyc600 option, except you do not need to manually re-create the Partition, as the Windows setup does this automatically on a non partitioned HardDrive.
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