Solved

Format hard drive

Posted on 2009-04-03
4
238 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I got back a laptop from one of my kids that is a mess with all kinds of junk on it so I want to format the hard drive and start over.  There's really nothing on it I want and I have the orginal software.  I forget the command to do that.  What's my best bet other than running over it with the car?

Thanks!
0
Comment
Question by:ChrisCruises
4 Comments
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:Lunda_Construction
Comment Utility
Which operating system do you have?
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:hmare
Comment Utility
assuming Win XP, your best bet is to insert the XP CD into the drive, boot the computer, and perform a new full install.
0
 
LVL 7

Expert Comment

by:tplaya07
Comment Utility
the command is
format c:

but I agree with hmare that just popping in the XP or Vista CD/DVD and doing a new installation will automatically format the drive for you as one of it's steps.
0
 
LVL 7

Accepted Solution

by:
spamster earned 500 total points
Comment Utility
You say you have the original software, usually these are bootable CDs that will restore the computer back to it's original state. You can't format the C: drive from Windows, so you need to boot to that CD on startup
So, start by putting the CD in.
Restart your laptop and watch for it to say something like "Press F2 for Setup" - press that key. You have to do this before it gets to the "Windows XP" loading screen (assuming you have XP)
The BIOS is different on different PCs, but what you're looking for is a list of boot devices. You should say Hard Drive, Floppy Drive, CD-Drive, Removable Storage, etc.... change the order to make sure CD is above Hard Drive, and then save and exit.
When the computer boots, it should ask you to press a key to load from the CD (or it may happen automatically) - just follow the prompts from there.
-Spamster
0

Featured Post

Better Security Awareness With Threat Intelligence

See how one of the leading financial services organizations uses Recorded Future as part of a holistic threat intelligence program to promote security awareness and proactively and efficiently identify threats.

Join & Write a Comment

My purpose is to describe the basic concepts of virtual memory as implemented in a modern Windows-based operating system. I will also describe the problems inherent in older systems and how virtual memory solves them. The dark ages - before virtu…
The way I use Experts Exchange to assist me in analyzing and diagnosing a problem is I first enter a Verbose Question at Experts Exchange like: Office 2007 will hang when opening and saving files I then launch WordPad (any text editor will do) an…
Windows 8 comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7, Windows X…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

763 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

9 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now