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Formatting MY HD

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by eatusfoetus, Mar 8, 2006.

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  1. eatusfoetus

    eatusfoetus Thread Starter

    Nov 21, 2004
    Hey guys,

    My pc is running a bit slowe lately, got lots of stuff, (too much on it).

    So I'd like to restore my pc back to factory settings. I have aroud 110 gig of stuff and I don't want to lose it. So I bought a firewire drive to back it all up on. My plan is, transfer all my data to the external hd. Then formatting my hd completley and rebooting as new, then transferring my needed data abck on to my pc.

    I've neevr formatted before so not to sure how. My main worry is the pc not restarting (once its been cleaered of old data). I have a start up cd that came with my pc but i have no windows xp cd( (it came pre installed).

    Any ideas, words of warning, suggestions or similar would be greatly appreicated.

    Thanks guys.


    ps. feel free to add and tell me voer msn on: [email protected]
  2. Old Rich

    Old Rich

    Jan 17, 2003
    What Brand/Model pc? . . some manufacturers have a recovery partition on the drive which restore to the condition shipped . . do not format if you do not have a XP installation CD
  3. Bob Cerelli

    Bob Cerelli

    Nov 2, 2002
    Some vendors include a startup CD that will put computer back the way it came from the factory. Since they didn't give you a XP CD, hopefully this is the case. You might want to check with the manufacturer rather than guessing on this one.
  4. Hurley6x


    Mar 8, 2006
    Some companies allow you to purchase restore cds if you have lost them as well. I know dell does for sure.

    Also i know that some HP's for example dont have a specific Operating System cd, but rather a set of cds that will eventually put the computer to factory state. (As said above)
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