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Posted 16 August 2014 - 06:12 PM
I do not understand what you mean by 'physical purge', but I think the first thing you have to do is determine if there is anything recognisable left on this computer. To do this you will need a self-booting or 'live' CD and I suggest you try Puppy Linux if you can get access to another computer. You can get it for free from here, along with instructions on how to make a self-booting CD :
Power up the computer, put the disc in the CD/DVD drive, power down and re-boot and it should boot from the disc.
On the Puppy desktop you will see icons for all the drives attached to the computer as well as a file manager similar to Windows Explorer. You will need to click - or RIGHT click - on each drive and select 'Mount' to make each drive active then you will be able to see what, if anything, is on them. This will also allow you to salvage your data, if it is still there, to an external drive.
If you are lucky, you may merely have damaged your Windows O/S and a 'Repair install' should solve your problems. If you are less lucky, you may have lost everything on this computer. In which case your only cure will be a complete fresh install of Windows. If you are about to have a really bad day, the possibility exists that you have 'bricked' this computer. However, when you get into it with Puppy you will know more.
Post back, and include details of this computer such as make and model.
Posted 16 August 2014 - 06:33 PM
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