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formating a dell netbook for fresh start after virus


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#1 comjewell

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 09:49 PM

Hi! ok so the short of the story is a friend gave me a Dell netbook inspiron mini 1012 because her daughter got a virus and the program they used to remove it totally crashed windows... beyond even computer repair software on the hidden partition... i want to do a clean install for it but i have no idea how to completely wipe the hard drive.. i have googled a few things but nothing seems to tell you where to get the programs they recommend or how to run it. Any help i can get would be much appreciated... when i tried to reinstall it somehow it created 2 copies of windows 7 on the hard drive and im trying to get rid of that!
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 12:13 AM

Seems as though you have tried to restore the machine to factory condition? Try it with this method:http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/laptop/f/3518/p/19393623/19919103.aspx

If you wipe the drive, you may have to phone MS to reactivate the product.

This may help prepare your HD.


(Note that by using this utility you will lose any and all data on the disk with focus)

Clean all and formatting takes quite some time (this command line usually takes about 2 1/2-3 hours on a 250GB HDD), so be patient if you decide to implement this. Progress is only noted by a blinking cursor "_". We are not going for the "quick" cleaning or formatting.

To access diskpart boot from install media. Select Next. Select Repair Your Computer. Select Command Prompt.

Hit the ENTER key after each command.



DISKPART

LIST DISK (Generates a list of disks available)

SELECT DISK # ("#" will indicate the actual disk number where Windows will be Installed)

CLEAN ALL (Completely wipes disk and writes zeros to it)

CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY (Creates a primary partition)

SELECT PARTITION 1 (Directs focus to newly created partition)

ACTIVE (Marks partition as active)

FORMAT (Formats the partition-if no format is chosen the default format will be evoked)

ASSIGN (Assigns a drive letter to selected partition)

EXIT


After cleaning all possible data on the disk to house Windows, boot from .ISO and select Custom install (or the equivalent thereof).
When you get to the screen asking where to install Windows, select the partition created during diskpart. In the bottom panel select Delete. Then select New. (This will let Windows install the 100MB partition System Reserved_Active).

If you need further assistance with this,keep the thread updated.

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 12:49 AM

when i get to LIST DISK i get

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
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Disk 0 Online 149 gb 149mb
Disk 1 No Media 0 b 0 b

DISKPART>

no matter what disk i select i cant clean it or format it...
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:06 AM

oh i think i figured out my error... i was just typing a number not the whole "select disk 0"
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:25 AM

Select disk 0 is the correct input.

Edit: :thumbup2:

Edited by bludgard, 23 September 2011 - 01:27 AM.


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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:26 AM

ya i got it cleaning now... so i guess its just a waiting game to do the rest lol i really have my fingers crossed this works cus im at my wits end with this netbook haha
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:30 AM

As long as the HDD is in good shape, it will work. It is a waiting game. :lol:
So with the formatting. Formatting takes slightly less time than clean all.

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:32 AM

sweet i really appreciate it... i will let you know the out come when i get there :) :whistle:
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:35 AM

Teah, it will be about 1 1/2 - 2 hours with 150GB. I'll check back in a while, comjewell. If I get lost, throw a PM at me and I'll come a runnn'! :crazy:

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:37 AM

Man, what happened with here? :blink:

Editted to remove multiple posts.

Edited by bludgard, 23 September 2011 - 01:38 AM.


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Posted 23 September 2011 - 01:38 AM

haha ok will do :) :busy:
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 03:02 AM

OOBER WOOT! IT WORKED!!! thank you sooooo much i was about to show it how i could delete it hhaahaha :)
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 08:58 AM

How were you going to do that, by kicking it? :lol: (From your sig)
Glad you found some joy, comjewell. Happy computing to ya.

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 08:59 AM

lol indeed that was what i was about to do haha or stomp on it lol been trying to get that done any way i could for the past 5 days lol NOTHING was working! Again thank you!
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Posted 23 September 2011 - 09:43 AM

Most welcome, love. I would suggest creating a full image backup once you have established that the machine is stable. Re-imaging a HDD is a great way to recover a faulting machine to a previously working state, it is also less time consuming! :thumbup2:

Edit: Windows 7 has the ability to create System Images natively, and I find it quite reliable. Read Here.

Edited by bludgard, 23 September 2011 - 09:48 AM.





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