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Hard Drive Wipeout

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#1 brotherjames23


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Posted 12 February 2010 - 06:57 PM

What happens when you completely wipe out your hard drive? When you turn on your computer, what shows up on the screen? Does it tell you to put in a CD to install an operating system, or is it just blank? I mean, the computer has to be able to read a CD at least even if the hard drive is clean, right?

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 07:09 PM

Generally you'll see an error message like "Operating System not found". Systems have for quite some years been able to start directly from a bootable CD or DVD independent of any operating sysem existing on hard drive. Old systems with a BIOS that can't boot from an ATAPI device need to use a bootable floppy disk with CD-ROM driver.
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Posted 16 February 2010 - 03:28 AM

The system should boot from a CD or DVD but you have to have a bootable CD or DVD such as a Windows setup disk. Also in some cases you may have to change some settings at the intial start up to tell the computer to boot to the CD.

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