Delete Hard Drive

  Ex plorer 16:11 PM 25 Mar 12
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Hi I would like to refresh my HD after three + years. Should I format it from C & D Drive Via computer. Then load the vista disk and make the partition for D drive.

Or should I load the vista disk and let it format the drives C & D drives.

I ran the vista disk so far and it said it would back up files to an old File folder. I would like a clean sweep and leave nothing or can I delete the Old File Folder later.

Its a long time since I have done this, thinking Back I used KillDisk or something of a similar name but need a little advice.

Laptop Samsung R610 OS Vista 32Bit

  lotvic 17:22 PM 25 Mar 12

These step by step reinstall guides should refresh your memory http://www.windowsvista.windowsreinstall.com/ I find them very useful as complete reinstall is, as you say, not something we do on a regular basis :)

  lotvic 17:25 PM 25 Mar 12

I just had a thought, does the laptop have a 'restore to factory' facility on it? that would be quicker and you won't be messing about trying to find drivers and having to put a product key in as it will use the factory pre-activated key.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:02 PM 25 Mar 12

You need to look at Windows Repair Your Computer options.

  • Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
  • System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
  • Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
  • Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
  • Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window

With the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option

How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.

Pre-Installed Options NOTE

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

Windows Installation Disk NOTE

1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Windows DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS

2/ Start the PC

3/ Immediately insert the Windows DVD into the DVD drive

4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'

5/ Press Any key to start the booting process

6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'

7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible

8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen

9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear

10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button

  Ex plorer 23:25 PM 28 Mar 12

Hi thanks for you for your comments and help, I used the disk that came withe the laptop in the end. I couldnt find a Restore to Factory settings. I have removed the old folder with disk clean-up.

Off topic I see Windows, and Programs, are in C and D drive I dont need the extra space but is it best to have just one of each in one drive and which drive should it be left in. D drive has the Windows logo next to that drive.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:00 AM 29 Mar 12
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Always best to have the operating system and the programs on separated drives or partitions. that way if windows crashes you can easily restore an image of the partition and have the pc back up and running in less than half an hour.

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