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dell dimension 3000 - how to wipe clean/format?

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Anonymous
July 18, 2005 7:49:25 PM

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Hello,

I do hope someone can help me otherwise my Dell will be flying through
the nearest window pretty sharpish.

I purchased a dell dimension 3000 a couple of months ago - no problems
apart from a sometimes tipsy screen.

Today I switched on and was told I had 'dirty' files. Tried to do a
system restore to no avail and am now desperate just to wipe the whole
thing and start from scratch.

I 'would' phone support but that is my last resort really as have a
chronic phobia of phones. As you can guess, although I have been online
a few years - the techy side is still gobbledygook to me so please be
gentle and if possible give me idiot proof instructions.

My main problem is that I can't work out how to wipe everything from my
machine. Everytime I put in any of the cd's supplied with the machine I
am just taken back to my desktop (all be it after a looooong wait)

With my old emachine I was able to just put in the disks and hey presto
all was done. I need to get this done quite soon as am starting a
course in a couple of months and can't afford to be waiting for pc to
be fixed/replaced.

Please, please, please, grovelly please can anyone help?

Many thanks

Cam


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whoopidoo

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Anonymous
July 18, 2005 7:49:26 PM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Your machine should have come with a restore partition that will restore it
to factory fresh. Don't forget it will wipe out all your data.

When you see the Dell logo, press F12. One of the options should be to
restore.

Tom
"whoopidoo" <whoopidoo.1sdfvm@news.computerbanter.com> wrote in message
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>
> Hello,
>
> I do hope someone can help me otherwise my Dell will be flying through
> the nearest window pretty sharpish.
>
> I purchased a dell dimension 3000 a couple of months ago - no problems
> apart from a sometimes tipsy screen.
>
> Today I switched on and was told I had 'dirty' files. Tried to do a
> system restore to no avail and am now desperate just to wipe the whole
> thing and start from scratch.
>
> I 'would' phone support but that is my last resort really as have a
> chronic phobia of phones. As you can guess, although I have been online
> a few years - the techy side is still gobbledygook to me so please be
> gentle and if possible give me idiot proof instructions.
>
> My main problem is that I can't work out how to wipe everything from my
> machine. Everytime I put in any of the cd's supplied with the machine I
> am just taken back to my desktop (all be it after a looooong wait)
>
> With my old emachine I was able to just put in the disks and hey presto
> all was done. I need to get this done quite soon as am starting a
> course in a couple of months and can't afford to be waiting for pc to
> be fixed/replaced.
>
> Please, please, please, grovelly please can anyone help?
>
> Many thanks
>
> Cam
>
>
> --
> whoopidoo
Anonymous
July 19, 2005 4:43:59 AM

Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

Dirty files or Dirty partition? Try "Error checking".




"whoopidoo" <whoopidoo.1sdfvm@news.computerbanter.com> wrote in message
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> Today I switched on and was told I had 'dirty' files. Tried to do a
> system restore to no avail and am now desperate just to wipe the whole
> thing and start from scratch.
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