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Old 05-27-2008, 08:53 PM   #1
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Hi everyone - my HP Pavilion laptop is about due for a reformat and I'm being sent the recovery disks next week from HP. A lot of the reason is just i've been using it for a while, doing some unclean driver installs and stuff and Vista SP2 won't install on my laptop so I feel like a reformat will really help clear things up

Is there a good way to do a really thorough formatting of all disks because on my other drive (I have two drives, both 100GB 7200RPM) I've experimented with installing Linux, XP, Mac, etc... I'd like to just do my full factory settings reformat (it came with Vista Ultimate x64).

Are there some programs I can run to completely destroy everything on the drives so that no drive space is wasted on old files or bad reformatting?

Obviously I'll back up all the files I need on a flash drive

Thank you!
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Reformatting and Reinstalling Vista: Want to do Complete Reinstall of Vista

wait you have 2 internal hard drives both 100g?
well depends how you have them set up
are they in raid of any kind?
if its just to disks
clear one with the format thing
and then while in xp or vista
right click on the other drive and format it
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Well the recovery disk will automatically put the entire computer back to the way it was, including formatting the second disk, but i've read that reformatting leaves a lot of data left
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no not really
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