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Hit by Virus?

jessnjeff asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Okay, my pc got trashed, I think by a virus.  Fortunately all my data is on an externally networked hard drive so all I really want to do is reinstall the OS with Vista or WinXP as I have licenses for both.   My problem is that when I went to install Vista it sees the hard drive but says it is a not
'valid' location for installing and Windows cannot see it at all.  Attempting to install Windows XP give me a message that I have no hard drive.

Before I dump it at a repair facility, is there anything I can do myself?
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