formatting harddrive

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reshcoll

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I am not able to get into my pc. I have been told by mecer that my pc has a virus. They say that I need to plug my harddrive to another pc and format it whereby all will be lost. Could anyone advise how do I go about doing this. Also advise on reloading necessary software back on. Please advise in detail. Thanks in advance.
 

SDFOX 7

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You might get it booted by pressing F8 when starting up and booting into safe mode.

Windows XP is a great hacker target, and Service Pack 2 hasn't been supported in 6 months, so it's no wonder you got a virus if that's what happened.
 

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You didn't advise if you have XP Home or XP Pro, and if you have an actual XP CD.

There's no need to remove the hard drive from that computer. As long as it's working and you can get into the BIOS and set the CD/DVD drive first in the boot order, all you need to do is load the XP CD and then restart the computer and then boot from the CD.

Here are 2 good pictorial and instructional guides for doing a hard drive format and clean install of XP Home and XP Pro:

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPHome/installxphome1.htm

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/InstallXPPro/installxppro1.htm

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