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Old 08-08-2010, 09:15 PM   #1
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I have a laptop with Vista Home Basic Service Pack 1. I have noticed it slowing down a lot and was told by a tech savoy friend that the best option would be to reformat/ wipe the Hard Drive. I would have done this all ready but I did not get the Vista CD's with my laptop. After some research I have found no way to do this with out losing the OS.

Anyone know how I can do this? If I have to use some program I would prefer a free one of a reputable site.

Thanks for your help.

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No, there's no way to actually wipe the file system without getting rid of your operating system. Instead, let's make sure that's the problem before we continue with that. First upgrade to SP2: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

If that doesn't help then we can test the file system. Open an elevated command prompt (Start>type cmd>right-click>Run as administrator) and run the command chkdsk /r/ f. It may take 2-3 hours to complete, so you can leave it running unattended.

Good luck to you. Let us know how it works out.

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