Posted 28 November 2005 - 08:14 PM
There are a number of ways to do this, but you should check your CDROM/DVD drive is working correctly before you start. Can you read data from a CD OK?
Note- I have the XP disc, but it isn't bootable.
be bootable. Is it just your PC is not set to boot from CDROM first in the BIOS? Enter the BIOS, usually by pressing the 'Del' key at bootup, and check the Boot Device priority entries.
Check your hard drive health by using the disk error checker:
Schedule an Error Check (Scandisk).
How to find scandisk: Start>My Computer. Right click the C: drive then Properties>Tools tab, click on Check Now
. In the window that opens tick 'Automatically fix file system errors' and 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors'. When you click 'Start' Windows will say the error checker cannot run now and do you want it to run at the next boot? Click 'yes' and then reboot.
Once you know your Hard Drive and CDROM are OK you can proceed to format the hard drive. You can do this using DOS type commands when booted in Safe Mode Command Prompt only or you can download utilities from your hard drive manufacturer to perform a low-level format or you can use a free Drive Utility called Digital Dolly which runs from a bootable CD.Leurgy's
compendium of Hard Drive diagnostics:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/Digital Dolly download
I'd recommend a low-level format if you suspect virus activity.
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