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I am needing to delete absolutely everything from my hard drive, and start over with a clean slate.  Is this possible?  If so, will someone please let me know how to do this.
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by:rid
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1) fdisk. Remove and create new partition(s).
2) HD manufacturer's "low-level formatting" utility.
3) The "zap" utility from IBM (free download)
Or just plain old format.

If you are thinking about high-level security wiping, I think there are specialized software available, but if you are just contemplating a re-install of your O/S I think a normal formatting will do nicely. If the drive has errors or is behaving oddly, then #2 might be called for.

Regards
RID
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by:stevenlewis
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boot to a boot disk (you can get one from www.bootdisk.com ) or make your own
then from the prompt type
fomat c:
say yes to the prompts
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by:stevenlewis
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PS, if you go the fomat route, give the points to RID, as he mentioned it, I was just explaining how to do it
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by:trekie1
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also just to add to above advice heres a url for useing fdisk
http://www.computerhope.com/sfdisk3.htm
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by:trekie1
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one other thought.. if you have or are useing a restore cd  then simply running it will do what you want
if not make sure you have everything necessory to restore your OS along with drivers and programs and product id number for the OS   and dont forget to backup all data
James
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by:trekie1
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a little better url for useing fdisk and another url that will pretty much walk you through the whole process

http://www.compguystechweb.com/troubleshooting/fdisk/fdisk_scr.html

http://www.dewassoc.com/support/index.html
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by:anita_75972
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I am very sorry, but some of what I am reading here sounds a lot like greek to me.  If you don't mind, will you please put it a little simpler terms?
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by:stevenlewis
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boot to a boot disk (you can get one from www.bootdisk.com ) or make your own
in windows 98 go to control panel, add/remove programs, startup disk
make the disk, put it in the drive, and restart you computer
then from the prompt type
format c:
say yes to the prompts
this will erase the drive
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by:stevenlewis
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do you have the windows 98 installation disk? and is it a full install? or an upgrade?
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by:stevenlewis
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this page shuld explain it all for you
http://www.alaska.net/newsletter/oct98/html/windows_98_tips_and_techniques.html
and here
http://home.ptd.net/~don5408/win98/install/clean.html

print these out so you will have them to refer to
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by:anita_75972
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I am very sorry, but some of what I am reading here sounds a lot like greek to me.  If you don't mind, will you please put it a little simpler terms?
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by:anita_75972
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I ahve a full install Windows 98 disk
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by:anita_75972
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I am very sorry, but some of what I am reading here sounds a lot like greek to me.  If you don't mind, will you please put it a little simpler terms?
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by:anita_75972
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Ok I am crazy. i just keep putting the same comment.
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by:anita_75972
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Should I print performing a clean install of Windows 98, or should I just print all of it?
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by:anita_75972
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OK, I have it all printed, and I guess I am ready to go with it.
Do you have any other tips before I get started?
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by:stevenlewis
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just follow the instructions exactly
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stevenlewis earned 300 total points
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you do understand them right?
if you have any questions ask them now (assuming you are using the machine you are going to format)
if you are using another machine to visit here, then we will be here to answer any questions you have during the process (although thsoe pages explain it all)
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by:anita_75972
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I think I understand everything OK.  I am doing it on this machine, so I'll let you know how it turned out when I am done.  If I have any problems, I'll let you know.

Thanks
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by:anita_75972
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Thank you very much for your help.  Everything went very good, and my computer is working great now!
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by:gonzal13
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Hi again:

Your comments haunted me and I had to revisit this site. With my clients I use a boot disk that allows me to access the cd-rom drive after a format with nothing more than a menu.

First make your own boot disk. Then I can send you a zipped file that you copy to your floppy. Then you can first reboot your PC with the floppy and you should see a menu which gives you access to the cd rom drive. If you see this then you are certain to have a sucessful format.

Fdisk creats a temporary "Virtual" disk or space on your hard drive called D drive which it adds command that it needs. Then all you do is from the menu go and make one partition, return to the menu, go to the dos prompt type a:Format C: /s. Make sure that your floppy has both sides of the openings on the bottom open to prevent writing to the disk accidently.

Once the format is done, reboot yor computer with the floppy inside, choose access the cd rom. place your windows program in and you are ready to reinstall.

Now what has not been mentioned is that one must first back up all your documents on to floppies, E-mail addresses by going to Outlook Express, Tools, Address Book and then highlight the first line, go to the last line, press SHIFT & LEFT CLICK. Then you Press CTRL C, open up windows, then a new file, and then press CTRL V. Then save the document.

Save by folder all your Favorite sites in IE Explorer.

Now you are ready. But one problem if you are using Outlook Express is that there was an advisory by Norton on March 7th that jusT by downloading your e-mails a virus can infect all your *.exe fies!!! To eliminatE this you must updatE your Internet Explorer to Version 6 which takes 2-1/2 hours and installs automatically. then you go back and install the critical updates to Version 6. Now you buy Norton VersIon 2002 and you are all set.

Now if you want the files my e-mail is
gonzal13@earthlink.net
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by:stevenlewis
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anita_75972 I'm glad I could help, and everything went smoothly
Steve
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by:gonzal13
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Hi again:

Your comments haunted me and I had to revisit this site. With my clients I use a boot disk that allows me to access the cd-rom drive after a format with nothing more than a menu.

First make your own boot disk. Then I can send you a zipped file that you copy to your floppy. Then you can first reboot your PC with the floppy and you should see a menu which gives you access to the cd rom drive. If you see this then you are certain to have a sucessful format.

Fdisk creats a temporary "Virtual" disk or space on your hard drive called D drive which it adds command that it needs. Then all you do is from the menu go and make one partition, return to the menu, go to the dos prompt type a:Format C: /s. Make sure that your floppy has both sides of the openings on the bottom open to prevent writing to the disk accidently.

Once the format is done, reboot yor computer with the floppy inside, choose access the cd rom. place your windows program in and you are ready to reinstall.

Now what has not been mentioned is that one must first back up all your documents on to floppies, E-mail addresses by going to Outlook Express, Tools, Address Book and then highlight the first line, go to the last line, press SHIFT & LEFT CLICK. Then you Press CTRL C, open up windows, then a new file, and then press CTRL V. Then save the document.

Save by folder all your Favorite sites in IE Explorer.

Now you are ready. But one problem if you are using Outlook Express is that there was an advisory by Norton on March 7th that jusT by downloading your e-mails a virus can infect all your *.exe fies!!! To eliminatE this you must updatE your Internet Explorer to Version 6 which takes 2-1/2 hours and installs automatically. then you go back and install the critical updates to Version 6. Now you buy Norton VersIon 2002 and you are all set.

Now if you want the files my e-mail is
gonzal13@earthlink.net
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by:stevenlewis
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gonzal13 this ones been answered
Steve
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by:gonzal13
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No problem, at my age I tend to have a short term memory. Only excuse I have. Sorry
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by:stevenlewis
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gonzal13 LOL, that's ok
Steve
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