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Whipping a Harddrive because of a Virus

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#1 DogDancing


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Posted 25 October 2008 - 10:33 PM


I need some help, I am attempting to reformat & reinstall my computer. But the fact of the matter is I don't know how to go about doing that.
I am running Windows XP SP2, I looked for the CD that installed my OS, but it says it came pre-installed on my computer.
The reason I am trying to reformat & reinstall is http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/175354/infected-with-braskt/ which came to the conclusion of reinstalling my OS.
So, is there a way for me to whip it without a CD?
PS: I also have a external hard-drive which has some files I will be putting on my new installation after I get it done.

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 10:49 PM

How old is your computer? These days most new off-the-shelf computers do not include installation disks.
They do, however, include a recovery partition which contains the files you need to reinstall.
Open up Computer from your desktop.
Do you see a Drive D or any other drive other than C and your external drive listed under Hard Disk Drives? If so, that will be where the files are.

You will need the XP key BEFORE installing. It's usually on a sticker somewhere on the computer case.
If you don't see the sticker, you can run Belarc Advisor which will give you the 25 number key.

If you have any questions or concerns, please ask before you reinstall the OS.
Also, include the make and model of your computer.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 25 October 2008 - 10:50 PM.

#3 DogDancing

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:05 PM

I see the CD Drive(D:) but that's it. Also, my computer isn't all that new its about 4-5 years old.
Its a Dell DImension DE051
Celeron® CPU 2.53GHz
1.00GB of RAM
Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition, version 2002
Service pack 2

Not sure if that's the information you wanted.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 12:11 PM

Probably easiest to contact Dell with your model number and ask for a restore CD. There may be a charge for this.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 01:17 PM


Check out this site for making your own installation CD from the files on your computer:


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Posted 26 October 2008 - 05:40 PM

Read the note window at the bottom of the page. The last time I used it, it was free of charge

Edited by garmanma, 26 October 2008 - 05:41 PM.
looks weird but the link works

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