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how to format a hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by toeknee1984, Jan 18, 2012.

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  1. toeknee1984

    toeknee1984 Thread Starter

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    can you please tell me if it is possible to wipe a hard drive on a hp compaq dx2000mt without having any discs? i have heard some p.c's have a key to press when starting up to allow you to do it from the hdd i have 2 of these p.c's and am wanting to make 1 big computer with 2 x hdd's which have been reformatted any help would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. Old Rich

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    What are you going to do after you wipe the drive?
     
  3. toeknee1984

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    I just want to wipe both drives of all rubbish and previousily installed items then start from scratch i want the same operating sys on or just to format drive and leave os on if possible
     
  4. Old Rich

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    How will you do that with no discs?

    To answer your question, you can format the drives eary in the installation process
     
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    Hence the question i am trying to find out if it is possible to format without discs or if you have to have these as i know with my laptop i dint have a disc and everything reinstaloled by itself when presssing f10 or somthing like that
     
  6. Old Rich

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    You can format a variety of ways . . but the easiest way is to do it while reinstalling the operating system.

    If you have a recovery facility ( many OEM notebooks do ) you will see a prompt to press XXX key to recover to factory settings . . that will restore the pc to the state it was shipped . . If you format the disc, you loose the restoration feature
     
  7. toeknee1984

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    Many thanks rich will giv that a try
     
  8. Old Rich

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    Let us know how it goes! !
     
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    Have just had a look at the pc and i cant find anything other than the boot menu f9 or the setup f10 is there anyother way to start the formatting process with out discs
     
  10. Old Rich

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    Nope . . Did it ever have the recovery feature?
     
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    not sure if it ever had the recovery on it i have been on to hp and they say they cant supply discs now as xp has reached the end of life cycle
     
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    Bummer . . any chance you can borrow an installation disc that matches your sticker?
     
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