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Deleting Files from Previos Windows Installation.

By dirtymike ·
I have an older HP Laptop (zd8000) that had been a victim of many bad viruses, etc. It had approx. 60G of music and movies on it that i backed up. I then re-installed WinXP-Pro to clean the PC out. It worked, the system is up and running smooth and fast, but my hard drive only has 9G available. I assume it's associated with files from the previous Windows.

How can i get my harddrive space back?

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Wipe it.

by dawgit In reply to Deleting Files from Previ ...

Hopefully you still have the original set-up discs with the drivers you will need to replace along with the OS.
You should remove the Hard Drive, and using another system completely and securely wipe that Hard drive. Re-writing with all (and only) 0's, or the equivalent, with any available program that will do that. (there are many, and a lot of them free too) Then Reformat the Drive, and start over. (Re-install the OS)
That is the only safe way to ensure that all the Bad stuff is gone.

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