View Full Version : format and reinstall pc?

07-04-2010, 01:53 PM
my old desktop is so screwed but i dont want to throw it out yet so i thought formatting and reinstallint the os, it its easy enough would be the best way to go. any ideas on how to do it and what files i would have to back up? iv backed up what i think is important like assignments and photos, is there anything else i should consder? also i dont think the computer came with an xp cd(got it from harvey norman) can i still reinstall the os? the main reason i am doing this is because it is slow and buggy and the driver software is corrupted (i dont know how).

Speedy Gonzales
07-04-2010, 02:30 PM
If there's a restore partition on it, use that. Or create the cd's / dvd for it. If its got the option. Hopefully its got the partition. Or you'll have to buy windows, if you want to reinstall it

07-04-2010, 09:05 PM
aaw thats not too nice. do most pc's come with a restore disk? i dont think it can run anything better than xp and if they do i might as well look for it

07-04-2010, 09:12 PM
Harvey Norman PCs usually have a hidden partition with the operating system on the hard drive. You won't see that partition in Windows ( 'cause it's hidden ).

So what make and model is it?

07-04-2010, 10:22 PM
when I reinstalled my parents pc I did a hard disk copy onto a drive the same size just in case something went wrong.

07-04-2010, 11:15 PM
You could just download a new OS, without paying for it. :)

08-04-2010, 06:53 AM
There is a friendly tech from Whangarei on this forum he might be able to help you out with a disc or a copy of a disc, just look for Cyabro

08-04-2010, 09:00 AM
You could just download a new OS, without paying for it. :)

How does that work?

08-04-2010, 09:09 AM
How does that work?



08-04-2010, 03:14 PM
What pc is it?

If you can still run the OS I would install BELARC advisor or similar, pick up all the serials for software including XP. That way all you need is an actual XP CD to re use your old key.

Id be even more careful with the backup and just drop the entire profile onto a usb hard drive via puppylinux or bartpe live cd.

You can always use ubuntu or linux MINT for awhile until you get XP sorted.

Also, as others said look for a recovery partition. Using PUPPYLINUX you will see straight away when the desktop loads- a smaller partition with odd files on it that you may not have seen before.

08-04-2010, 07:37 PM
sorry for not updating this for a while. i found the cds that came with the computer today. theres nero and some dvd thing but no windows cd. it only comes with some xp book thing wih a code on the front which i would assume is the serial. its not a great computer, oyu could get a better one for ~ $300 or maybe less but i just dont wanna throw it out if it can still be used for basic things. i think it does have a hidden partition because its supposed to be a 40gb hdd but i only have like 30 available (dont worry the one im currently using has 500gb). how would i go by formatting and reinstalling windows from the recovery partition with only a serial key?

ill give puppy a try after dinner

Speedy Gonzales
08-04-2010, 07:40 PM
If its got a recovery partition, I dont think it needs a key. If you can still get into windows (if you haven't formatted it yet), Show system / hidden files and see if the partition is there. If it is see if theres a program in the menu to create the restore cd's / dvd's. If there is, get some blanks and burn them

08-04-2010, 07:57 PM
The PC may only require the right key press to boot off the recovery partition when starting.

How about answering the question I posed in post number 4. Turning on hidden and system files will not let you see a recovery ( hidden ) partition in Windows.

08-04-2010, 08:05 PM
oh make and model, sorry
its a packard bell (i hadnt heard of it either ;) )
iMedia M213
but i cant find it on the packard bell site either.

08-04-2010, 08:12 PM
What's actually wrong with it that requires a re-install?

08-04-2010, 08:21 PM
When booting, isn't there an F key (might be F10) that gives a booting menu including a gateway to enter the hidden partition?

08-04-2010, 08:27 PM
its drivers dont work and the startup takes such a long time now. i think the drivers is the main reason though, i cant add any new usb drives to it. only an old 256 mb, my phone 1gb, my mums 1gb and my old 2gb. externals and stuff dont work on it.

08-04-2010, 08:28 PM
Handbook here that will help:-


08-04-2010, 08:46 PM
thanks sweep seems easy enough. by remove any additional hardware components does it mean the ram i added or not?

08-04-2010, 08:54 PM
Don't remove the RAM.

08-04-2010, 08:55 PM
Ram will be ok to leave in, just remove any hardware that would require drivers that would not be in the recovery install (not original fitment/configuration).

08-04-2010, 09:08 PM
ok then thanks. ill try in the morning. i got some gaming to do for the next few hours ^-^

08-04-2010, 11:01 PM
Don't remove the RAM.
Or ewe be sorry!:clap