How to reformat a virus infested harddrive?

By slimjim123
Aug 19, 2005
  1. Hi, unfortunately I've still been unable to get my machine to boot back up - guess that spool32 virus is still lurking (did try the suggested cure).

    I'm thinking of reformatting the harddrive, as I don't really keep anything important on my home machine so don't mind losing data.

    I'm just a little confused about how to do it. I've read that you go into DOS command mode and type Format/s C: to kick start the process. You then use the Windows (2000 in my case) disc to reinstall your op system, typing in D:\setup.exe. Please advise if this is wrong by the way!

    Now, my question is, I've read that I need to create a "boot disk", which most articles on the Web say is a floppy disc. Unfortunately, my machine only came with a D drive! Do I need this disc, and what exactly does it do (more to the point, how do you use it)? Also, can I create one from my work laptop (which is XP) and burn it onto a cd rom to use on my home machine?

    Yours confusedly

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Just put in the Windows CD and let the computer boot from it. Choose to install Windows, do not choose to repair your existing installation. You are asked where to install (which partition). Delete all partitions. Install in the unpartitioned space or create new partitions any way you like. When asked about the format of the partition, choose NTFS.
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