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#1 colinprowitt

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 08:15 PM

I have a Compaq Presario with a celeron D processor and 1GB of memory running WIN XP Home.

Im having some trouble with the computer freezing and every USB mouse I buy stops working on my machine after a few weeks. Even my PS2 keybord will stop working from time to time. I ran a system restore on my computer and everything was working for a month but everything is back to the crappy way it was. My computer is running slow, applications take forever to start, and my USB mouse and keyboard are "jumping."

I would like to wipe my hard drive clean and install a copy of WIN Media Center. Is there any program I can run that will totally get rid of EVERYTHING on my hard drive? Do you think that my problems with my computer could be a hardware issue?

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 10:13 PM

Hi, I had the same problem with USB connections for a while, never did sort it out but a format did!
So are you saying you would like to format your hard drive? You will wipe everything off if you do.
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Posted 20 January 2007 - 02:58 PM

When you go to install the copy of Windows Media Center it will give you the option to format your hard drive (removing everything) - just follow the prompts!
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Posted 20 January 2007 - 03:53 PM

monty007,

yes I would like to start totally fresh with a wiped clean hard drive. I know formating will clean off the drive but I know remnants of crap will still be left behind. (like the stuff the FBI can find) How can I get rid of it ALL?

I'm just hoping I don't have a hardware problem with my motherboard or power supply.

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 05:11 PM

A regular format will erase the data on the drive sufficiently enough so that a new OS install won't be affected by any previously deleted data.

If you need your drive wiped for security purposes however, look into a utility like Darik's Boot and Nuke. http://dban.sourceforge.net/
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