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How do I safely rebuild or wipe a hard drive?
12-31-2012, 09:36 PM
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How do I safely rebuild or wipe a hard drive?
A friend of mine has over 850 viruses and spyware on her laptop (HP Pavilion dv2000). I have tried to download virus removing software, but all my attempts have failed. I think my only other option is to wipe the hard drive and reload the OS.

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12-31-2012, 09:45 PM
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before you reinstall windows, (or whatever os you're using) grab a linux live cd and then a flash drive so that you can backup the important fiiles like documents and pictures and stuff.
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12-31-2012, 09:45 PM
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its not problem, http://www.infoengen.com/hard%20drive.htm you will find solution of your problem here.

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12-31-2012, 09:45 PM
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Format the hard drive. When you insert the Installation Disc (os) you will be given an option to wipe off your hard drive.
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12-31-2012, 09:45 PM
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Have you tried booting into safe mode to remove the viruses?

Depends on the OS, but you can get a boot disk/CD of somesort (like Windows XP or Hirens Boot CD) stick it in the drive and make sure the computer loads from that... there should be an option to format the computer...

Or if you can still load to windows Right-Click the drive and select Format. Then you can reinstall windows.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN INSTALL CD FOR THE OPERATING SYSTEM before you proceed though... or you might as well take it to a tech to fix.
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12-31-2012, 09:45 PM
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you wipe the hard drive when you reinstall the os.here's directions.

http://www.wikihow.com/Install-Windows-Using-a-CD
How to Install Windows Using a CD - wikiHow
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12-31-2012, 09:45 PM
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Try AVG from grisoft.com there’s a free version and it's pretty good. If you still want to wipe the HD ...

First off you want to make sure there is nothing on that pc that cannot be replaced, back up all files and such. Make sure you have a copy of the correct operating system or most laptops come with a recovery disc. Make sure you right down all the drivers and components in that pc, i.e. graphics card, network cards etc so you can get up to date drivers for them, make sure you know the network settings for it so that you can connect back up afterwards.

Then it all depends on what operating disc you have or if you have a recovery disc. An example is my XP computers, I simply put in my disc and turn on my machine. It boots from the cd and I follow the prompts, I tell it to do a full install and to format the drive, it takes an hour or so but windows does most of it for me, the only exception is using a floppy disk to load my SATA drive at the start but even that says at the bottom of the screen something like if you have SATA drives hit A now and tells you what to do. Then when windows finishes installing comes the hard part. You have to load all the drives for ever part of the pc. Set the network up and make sure everything is running correctly. Install all programs such as office, messenger or what ever else is supposed to be on there.

Good luck and you may want to find someone that has done this before before starting, once you format everything is gone.
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12-31-2012, 09:45 PM
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HP should have recovery discs for that computer and from there you could reinstall the operating system and do a full scan on the system again and see if that helps. Most likely some of those viruses have corrupted the operating system.

If that fails, or you have already tried that, then I would recommend reformatting your computer and reinstalling Windows. However, you didn't mention if you are using XP or Vista. A number of HP Pavilions dv2000 has Vista.

In short, you will need your original Windows installation CD and boot up from that CD. You might have to adjust your BIOS settings to make sure your computer boots from the Windows CD/DVD itself.

From there, Windows walks you through the steps to format and reinstall the system software, drivers, etc.

Visit this site to see the exact steps involved and some screenshots of what to expect. http://helpdesk.its.uiowa.edu/windows/in...format.htm

In addition, you might want to have on hand a CD with your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs ready to install after you reinstall Windows. Download those programs along with a zip program and burn them onto a CD for later use. And don't connect to the internet until you have some protection in place.

Good Luck!
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