Sago35
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How to wipe corrupted laptop before installing Win10

So I have a super old Inspiron 1545 (from 2009 I think) anyways, it still mostly works (no motherboard or hard drive failures) but there is some virus of somesort that has deleted and/corrupted most of my core files. I can not connect to the internet, nor can I access any files already on the computer to perform a factory reset or restore. I am not looking to keep Win 7, I have a USB with Win 10 ready to install but Im not going to install it on a computer with a virus, so I need help wiping the hard drive so I can do a safe upgrade to Win 10. Thanks!
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ejn63
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Re: How to wipe corrupted laptop before installing Win10

Before doing anything, run an extended diagnostic on the hard drive - F12 at powerup.  Any system this old is much more likely showing a dying drive than a virus.

 

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