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Solved: How to erase the hard drive and restore to factory settings?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by donny898, Dec 16, 2011.

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  1. donny898

    donny898 Thread Starter

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    XP Pro
    emachine 540

    Read about http://www.dban.org but no blank CD...any recommendation by USB stick?

    As per the title, any help would be great.

    Thank you
     
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    Are you sure just restoring to factory settings is not enough? Unless there is very sensitive data on there that someone you know would be willing to pay or spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on to possibly recover a few bits of possibly useful data not wiped out by the factory restore, its not needed.

    Just run the factory restore routine, or dig deep and burn a CD and use it! You can probably find a method for doing it via USB but its going to be more involved and take longer to create, example here.
     
  3. donny898

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    By running Dban would all files and programs be wiped permanently?

    Thank you
     
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    Yes, and possibly your ability to recover. If you have a recovery partition on your hard drive instead of a DVD, just use that. It will clean the drive when it restores. "Wiping" is for when you want to get rid of the drive and not use it any more.
     
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    I want to remove all data and restore to factory setting so I can give the PC away.

    By using that software would it mean the harddrive becomes unusable?
     
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    If you are planning on getting rid of the computer just use the factory recovery disks that came with the computer.If you completely wipe the drive theres a chance that the drive will be totally useless afterwards.
     
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    How to Restore My eMachine to Factory Without a Disc? download on their website?

    Ta
     
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    Restart the machine. Press F11 to start recovery when prompted. You have 3 seconds to press the key.
     
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    Can any one help?
     
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    If none of the startup key combinations get you to a recovery prompt, then you either don't have a recovery partition any more or its not working.
    So if the system is still bootable I would take a look at the disk (disk management) and see if it has a recovery partition and if it does, right click on that partition and see if you can set it as active. Then reboot and it should boot right into the factory recovery. If its not bootable use any number of free partitioning boot disks to check and see if the disk still has a recovery partition and set it as active if so.
    If none of that works you have to either acquire a XP installation disc from somewhere and then validate hopefully with the product key still on the side of the case OR somebody's going to have to learn LINUX! :D
     
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    Screen shots of this?

    Thank you
     
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    You didn't indicate what condition the computer is in currently and if you are that unfamiliar with disk management and partitions it might be a good idea to get a more technically minded friend to work on it and see what options are available.
    Can't really take any screen shots if it comes to using a boot disc unless I took some camera pics and processed those. I'm not ambitious enough to do that. :rolleyes:
     
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