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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

Hello,

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.
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

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
Intel®
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

Hi,

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

http://www.howtohaven.com/system/createwin...setupdisk.shtml

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 05:40 PM

http://support.dell.com/support/topics/glo...030030ABD62408A
&doclang=en&cs=
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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