dell dimension 3000 - how to wipe clean/format?

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Someone has told me (after I gave up on the Dell tech helpline after two
days of being told the same thing) that I probably have a boot sector
virus. ( the situation has spiralled since my last post and am now
frequently evicted from my pc or being told I have dirty ntfs files and
sometimes that I don't even have a hard drive)

Is a boot sector virus fixable? More importantly is it going to be
expensive?

I swear I was fully up to date with the McAfee updates - I can't
understand how this has happened.

All help both prior and further is very much appreciated.

Carmen.


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    "whoopidoo" <whoopidoo.1sjgjm@news.computerbanter.com> wrote in message
    news:whoopidoo.1sjgjm@news.computerbanter.com...
    >
    > Someone has told me (after I gave up on the Dell tech helpline after two
    > days of being told the same thing) that I probably have a boot sector
    > virus. ( the situation has spiralled since my last post and am now
    > frequently evicted from my pc or being told I have dirty ntfs files and
    > sometimes that I don't even have a hard drive)
    >
    > Is a boot sector virus fixable? More importantly is it going to be
    > expensive?
    >
    > I swear I was fully up to date with the McAfee updates - I can't
    > understand how this has happened.
    >
    > All help both prior and further is very much appreciated.
    >
    > Carmen.
    >
    >
    > --
    > whoopidoo


    Carmen -

    And you've run the dell hdd diags. indicating no hardware problem?


    Stew
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    Could you let us know the exact "dirty" message? It sounds like the
    partition dirty flag hasn't been reset.


    "whoopidoo" <whoopidoo.1sjgjm@news.computerbanter.com> wrote in message
    news:whoopidoo.1sjgjm@news.computerbanter.com...
    >
    > frequently evicted from my pc or being told I have dirty ntfs files and
    > sometimes that I don't even have a hard drive)
  3. Archived from groups: alt.sys.pc-clone.dell (More info?)

    "Brian K" <iibntgyea4 REMOVE_THIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:pyVDe.54951$oJ.28015@news-server.bigpond.net.au...
    > Could you let us know the exact "dirty" message? It sounds like the
    > partition dirty flag hasn't been reset.
    >
    >


    What concerns me is that he mentioned the hard drive is at times indicated
    as "missing/not found". While this could be a data or power cable to the
    drive or system board, it could also indicate an intermittently failing
    drive.....

    Running the extended read/write tests and SMART tests could help verify such
    a failure.


    Stew
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