Possible dead laptop brought back to life?

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I recently obtained a Sony Vaio laptop. It's at least a few years old, but might still be salvageable. I don't need anything on it - I can completely wipe clean whatever information is currently loaded. I tried booting but it takes like 30 minutes and I keep getting messages that data in each of the folders may be damaged. It doesn't seem to finish loading once that has completed.

Is there a way to boot this into some sort of safe mode and totally re-partition (is that the right term?) the laptop to try and star fresh with a clean install of Windows XP?
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Download the KillDisk ISO and burn it to CD and it will completely erase your hard drive so it is nice and fresh for a new install.


http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
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Once it wipes everything I'll need the Windows XP disk to restart fresh with the new operating system, correct?
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correct
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Can't I simply reboot w/ the XP disc? Doesn't that give me the option to re-partition and re-install XP and accomplish the same thing?
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Yea you could just boot up from the Windows XP disc, and then choose to delete the existing partitions and create new ones using the XP installation utility.
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Cool - I will probably just do that. So this will eliminate all of the pre-installed Sony crap that was on there, right? And it will just give me standard XP related (MSN) stuff?
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northjersey78 wrote:
Can't I simply reboot w/ the XP disc? Doesn't that give me the option to re-partition and re-install XP and accomplish the same thing?


You could but it isn't as fun.
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Not only that you'll need the original Sony also. If you didn't get a drivers disk with the laptop you can get them from the sony site for your specific model.

However, before you go to the trouble of re-install, run chkdsk first. Follow the instructions here
http://www.schrockinnovations.com/chkdsk.php

typically it will fix your problems without a reformat.
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OK - I tried re-installing by booting to the XP disc - no dice. When I try to delete the partition it tells me I am not able to delete - no explanation. I then tried that Kill Disk program - same thing - I get an error when trying to erase what is on there now. Is God trying to tell me something?
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did you try chkdsk?
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ATNO/TW wrote:
did you try chkdsk?


Nope. How do I do that?
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What exactly is the message when you say that it says you can't delete the partition?

You should see a bunch of logical drives (C: D: etc.) when you choose to re-install Windows XP from the disc.

All you do is select those logical drives and choose Delete by pressing either 'D' or 'L', which then brings you to a confirmation that says 'if you are sure you want to delete this partition press ENTER or something. I can't remember the exact letters off the top of my head.
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northjersey78 wrote:
Nope. How do I do that?

Follow the link I posted above
http://www.schrockinnovations.com/chkdsk.php

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