What to do to reformat a hard drive

Question

When I boot up my computer, after I type my password, the screen only boots up to the screensaver. There are no icons, no task bar, nothing. I cntrl alt del, and there are no tasks running. I would like to re format the drives in the case I downloaded a virus. How can I do this?

Answer

This question was answered on November 16, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Before reformatting a dirve it is improtant to back up all important data first Get a bootable disk that has the Fdisk.exe program file on it; then use Fdisk to partition the hard drive, and install enough of a privioous version of Windows on it to boot from it

Curt Thompson (student)

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on November 16, 2003