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Process I should go through for reformatting my hard drive?


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#1 C.Kyuubi

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 04:09 PM

Well, malware's taken over. I want to be absolutely sure I'm rid of it, so I'm wiping the drive and starting again. How should I go about reformatting? I've already copied important files to a CD-R.

-Should I run CCleaner to overwrite the entire drive before formatting?
-I'm using Vista Home Basic now, but I have access to an XP disk too. Which operating system should I put back on? (I guess it's up to preference, but if a few benefits of each could be given...? I know this is a question in and of itself.)
-What are the actual steps you need to do to reformat?
-Any other suggestions before I attempt this?

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:36 PM

1. You don't have to run CCleaner before formatting.
2. Well i reckon you should install XP because it is more stable then Vista.
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4. Change the boot sequence to CD/DVD first.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:48 PM

Back-up any data you want saved. Music, pics, documents.

Make sure your machine has driver support for XP if you decide to change.

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:46 PM

Well i reckon you should install XP because it is more stable then Vista.


,nah ,that was before sp2, we have two very stable vista laptops in the house ,1 1/2 and 2 1/2 yrs old and have never had a probable with them ,never had to reload either one or do anything to them actually, and they are on and used for hrs every day 7 days a week ,
as long as the computer was built for Vista it should be fine

sort of off topic ,just an opinion ,

Edited by caperjac, 21 December 2010 - 04:47 PM.

My answers are my opinion only,usually


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Posted 21 December 2010 - 06:03 PM

1. You don't have to run CCleaner before formatting.
2. Well i reckon you should install XP because it is more stable then Vista.
3. Guide
4. Change the boot sequence to CD/DVD first.



[Added By Eastonch] Downoad Ubuntu [here] & burn to disk using something like poweriso or ultraiso, might be best to do this on a friends pc or other pc.
[Added by Eastonch] Boot from the burned disk and insert a portable hard ddrive, go into "system - > places" and find your file system of the pc hard drive. Copy all your stuff to the external, this will be quick if you have a e-sata or USB2.0/3.0[ubuntu has 3.0 compat <3]
[Added by Eastonch] After doing all this, shut it down adn take the disk out, Follow the Guide and reformat with XP, Vista basic is horrid, sorry vista users ;)


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Posted 22 December 2010 - 07:33 PM

Thanks for the replies! The drive has been reformatted and everything is up and working well again. :) I already had all my files backed up using Puppy Linux. Great OS for recovery, there.

As for the Vista/XP war, well...I considered both of them, and also Ubuntu, and I finally decided to go with...all three of them. That's right, I've got my drive partitioned and I'm setting up for a multi-boot computer! 'Might as well make the best of the situation since I had to restart from scratch anyway. :P It's not like I don't already have 250GB to spend. So thanks for the help. I better be more careful next time...

(And while reinstalling my applications, I find an Artemis! trojan variant in one of the GIMP plug-ins! Yeesh! It's a good thing it got picked up and blocked immediately...)




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