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Trouble Reformatting My Dell With Window's Xp

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#1 Yup


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Posted 30 April 2007 - 02:24 PM

Hi all,

I'm hoping to get a helping hand. I've recently had to reformat my laptop which is a Dell Inspiron 5150. I used OS Reinstallation CD. I got to the part with the partition and when trying to delete it, I get a message stating that I cannot delete the partition because some files are on it that are necessary for the reinstallation.

So, I just kept going, and reformatted the hard drive. There is said that information on the computer may be lost, which is what I want. Anyway, after the reformat and reinstallation all of the icons are gone from my desktop that I added after the purchase of the laptop. However, after viewing my C: drive, everything is still there.

I need to somehow completely wipe out everything on the laptop and reinstall. I imagine it has to do with me not being able to delete the partition. Can someone advise if maybe there is something I have to do before that?

Thanks :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 03:18 PM

The Partition you can't delete is the recovery partition is has re-installation files you need to re-install your operating system with the restore CD. If you do manage to delete this partition your recovery cd's may not work. When you reinstalled windows the system recovery cd's restore the computer back to the way it came from the manufacture. All the software you installed needs to be reinstalled.

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 03:58 PM

Hmm. But it did not delete anything off of the hard drive. How do I do a clean sweep of my computer then?

And thanks for your reply :thumbsup:

Edited by Yup, 30 April 2007 - 04:22 PM.

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