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Old 12-09-2008, 04:28 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I have had a Dell Dimension 2400 for quite a few years now. I am planning to pass it along to a friend, but would first like to wipe the system clean. It currently runs pretty slowly and, I'm guessing, is full of junk.

I'd like to restore the system to factory settings, but am not sure how to do this. Is it even possible, given that the computer is a bit old? I searched the Web and saw that I can hit Ctrl + F11, but that did nothing for me.

I thank you in advance for your help! I really, really appreciate it.

Best,

Angie

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If you want the hard drive to be completely wiped like factory new (with no OS or anything on it), then I suggest Dban. It does take some time, but does an excellent job. Another good program that might be a little quicker is KillDisk. Here are links, choose your poison:

Active-Kill-Disk-Hard-Drive-Eraser.


Dban - Complete Disk Eraser.

Note: Always read instructions for any program before you use the program.

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Thanks for the tips, Tumbleweed!

When you say "with no OS or anything on it," what do they leave me with once the programs have done their job and I reboot? I aplogize if this is a silly question, but will the basics still be there? (Windows, regular default settings). Essentially, it would be great to turn on the computer and see that it has the items that appear upon purchasing a new comp.

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This will completely wipe the computer out as far as data, operating system, etc. The disk will be like new and ready for a partition, format, and install. DO NOT USE these programs if you want to keep an operating system on there. I was under the impression you wanted it cleaned completely off. With these programs, you would have to partition, format, and reload windows for the new owner if you want to have windows already installed.
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Got it! Sorry for any confusion, I should have clarified.

I feel like it's impossible to wipe it clean, while keeping Windows/defaults!
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Hi again,

I decided it may just be easiest to call Dell and request the reinstallation discs. I went through the installation process and currently have a reformatted computer. All is good! My only problem now lies in the fact that I just can't connect to my cable internet.

I have a cable internet connection already established through my local cable company...I know it works, because I can connect easily to my laptop. But apparently, I am missing the network hardware on my newly reformatted desktop. What are the appropriate steps to take to get this rolling? Is that something I need to talk to my ISP about, or is it something I can do? I've made it this far!

Thanks again, everyone...Sorry for all of the questions, clearly technology is not my forte...

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You can go here . . put in your Service Tag number and find all the drivers for your 2400 . .
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Thanks for the tip, simpswr! Unfortunately, I can't get to that page on my desktop, because I don't have the Internet connection...
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Use the pc you are posting here . . save to flash or burn to cd
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Also, be aware, even though you reinstalled, a majority of your previous data is still recoverable using software tools. Any personal information you have - even stuff you entered into web sites could be easily recovered from this drive. DBan, Kill disk etc are the only way to reliably ensure that all your information is gone before passing the machine on to someone else. Run Dban , then restore the machine.
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Raptor is correct ...... reformatting a hard drive does not make your old data safe !!!!! it can be recovered very easily ..................

we had a bunch of local dweebs that got in alot of trouble becasue they were using data recovery software on machines that were brought to a loacal chain store for service work ........ they were running recovery software on peoples machines hoping to find self made porn ................ liek homne recorded movies .............. when one of those preverts quit that store .............. he sqealled

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