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#1 scurvycure

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 06:48 PM

I have a Dell XPS system running Windows XP Home Edition. It was infected with a virus and I decided to format and reinstall. I used the Dell PC Restore utility that was on the computer but I can't tell from what I was able to find on the Dell website whether this formats my hard drive. I want to make sure I get rid of the the virus.

Anyone know the answer to this? Thanks,

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Posted 15 February 2009 - 09:30 PM

The Dell PC Restore utility erases all the data on your computer. Back up any personal files you do not want to lose before using the utility.
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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:34 AM

Thanks. I wasn't sure if erasing everything on the drive was the same thing as formatting it. I guess you are saying that it is?

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 08:57 AM

Reformatting erases the Master File Table which is like a index, reinstalling the operating system will overwrite some of this data, and each time you add information to the hdd it will continue to overwrite that data.

Formatting is when you choose the file type that you wish to use before installing the operating system, windows offers FAT or NTFS.

If you have the installation disk for the operating system and the disk for the drivers you can use an application like Darik's Boot and Nuke to completely overwrite the hdd, this will remove any trace of infections.

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Posted 16 February 2009 - 05:02 PM

Please keep in mind that if you reformat or erase the entire hard drive that you will also erase the recovery partition
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