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How to install Ubuntu on a wiped drive?

In the process of putting up my old desktop for sale I wiped the hard drive. Now that I'm ready to install Ubuntu via USB, I forgot how to get it done. Once I boot, what command do I type in so I can have it boot and install with USB?
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Oct 30, 2016 - 6 answers

Data recovery professionals for Seagate external hard drive

This morning my portable hard drive said the folder I'd been working on last night was corrupt, so I restarted my PC. Now the hard drive is asking to be formatted before use. There are lots of tools available online but as an amateur, I'm not willing to risk playing around with it myself. How do I choose a good data recovery business on the Gold Coast, Queensland? Who to avoid? I need the data urgently and I'm willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money.
posted by b33j on Jul 17, 2016 - 17 answers

Starting up Windows 7 from scratch (twice)

I'm reformatting the hard drive of my parent's Windows 7 PC to give to somebody. That's all well and good--software is reinstalled, drivers are updated, Windows Update looks happy. When I started the machine for the first time after Windows 7 installation was complete, it did it's standard thing where it asked what the user name was, what the PC name was, basic settings, etc. Is there any way to redo that setup for the new owner when they turn it on for the first time? [more inside]
posted by jroybal on Jan 10, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me save a troubled external hard drive!

Help me save a troubled external hard drive! I'm using OSX and I'm fine with wiping it out and starting over. This may be complicated? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Nov 29, 2011 - 23 answers

Readability for PDFs?

I have to read a lot of academic papers. They are usually formatted into 2 columns per page. This is fine if I print them out, but when I read them on a computer screen, it is difficult/annoying for me to scroll up and down - I lose my place easily (I recognize this may be unusual). Is there software out there that will strip the text from a pdf into one column (and maybe put all the figures at the end or somewhere)? Like the Readability extension for text on the web, but for pdfs. Maybe a plugin for Adobe Acrobat? Linux or Windows, please. Thanks.
posted by bluefly on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for tips, tricks and best practices for installing Win7

I'm reformatting my system and installing Windows 7 my computer this weekend, and I'd like tips, tricks, best practices and the like for setting up a new system. It's been a while since I've "refreshed" a system, and I feel rusty. And my RAM might be failing/faulty. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jun 10, 2011 - 15 answers

How can I reformat some rows into columns in Excel?

How can I reformat some rows into columns in Excel? [more inside]
posted by teg on Dec 6, 2010 - 14 answers

Restore to factory settings and programs and wiping clean personal info?

Bought a (windows 7) dell inspirion laptop. too many problems, company finally giving a refund. how do i restore it to factory settings and delete all personal data? I do NOT want to reformat the hard disk, i want to leave the system programs intact. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister on Nov 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Should I reformat external hard drives for a Mac?

Should I format my new external hard drives for OS X? [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Sep 23, 2010 - 13 answers

I can't seem to Nuke from Orbit!

I need to send my computer back to its manufacturer, as it's broken, and they've sent me a replacement. I would like to erase everything from the hard drive. Can you recommend some software to do this? It's a Windows 7 laptop with a single (though partitioned) hard drive. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jun 29, 2010 - 14 answers

Computer Freezeing on XP install

Computer freezing on reformat start up. [more inside]
posted by Acacia on Mar 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Just let me reformat the hard drive

Emachines won't let me buy the recovery disks for our emachine desktop, claiming that our serial number is unrecognizable. What are my options for reformatting the damn thing? [more inside]
posted by msali on Jan 31, 2010 - 7 answers

How can I re-install Windows?

Trying to reformat a PC. I've had this Dell which has given me nothing but problems since I bought it. Can anyone help me figure out how to wipe it and re-install XP? Degree of difficulty inside... [more inside]
posted by eightball on Jul 25, 2009 - 19 answers

Extra Windows Installations

Help me get rid of my extra Windows 7 installations! [more inside]
posted by rossination on May 22, 2009 - 9 answers


Has anyone seen both the IMAX and general-release versions of Watchmen? -> [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Mar 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me love Vista until I go to 7

Struggling with slow Windows notebook running Vista. (Downgrading to XP is not an option unless free). Please tell me if my strategy to keep Vista fast will work: [more inside]
posted by london302 on Mar 6, 2009 - 19 answers

How to best procedurally backup and reformat a Macbook with Leopard?

How to best procedurally backup and reformat a Macbook with Leopard? [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Feb 9, 2009 - 8 answers

Making Chapbook/Zine! Need help on how to format Microsoft Word! Please help

I am making a chapbook/zine that needs to be completed by noon on Thursday. I need help on how to format Microsoft Word so I can get the job done, printed and out to public. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Aug 19, 2008 - 15 answers

Clean me up, Scotty!

What's the best way to erase my hard drive for resale if I don't have original OS reinstall CDs to work with? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity on Feb 29, 2008 - 13 answers

Reformat Pocket PC w/ Linux?

I own a HP rz1715 Pocket PC 2003 ed. I would love to use this device to run Linux or something other than Windows. It has a SD expansion slot so I can increase the memory from 32MB to over 1GB if needed. Thoughts?
posted by honorguy7 on Nov 11, 2007 - 1 answer

Where is my Calendar?

Can an Outlook contact file be recovered after the HD has been wiped and the OS is reinstalled? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Jan 3, 2007 - 10 answers

external hard-drive cross-platform file retrieval?

I have a Mac, my friend has a PC, we want to share music with an external hard drive. However, upon connecting the hard drive to his PC we discovered that the hard drive is formatted for a Mac, so we can't access the drive without reformatting and losing all the files. Is there a program that retrieves info without having to reformat?
posted by MNDZ on Aug 25, 2006 - 4 answers

Computer Protection Over-Kill

What are effective anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that work in harmony? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Aug 24, 2006 - 17 answers

Can/should I reformat my Mac?

Similar to a previous question, but for a Mac: how do I reformat my hard drive if I don't have the correct system disks? see inside for further details [more inside]
posted by schwap23 on Jun 14, 2006 - 6 answers

how can i recover my data?

i lost a partition in a reformat, but the data is still on my harddrive. i want to get the data off. i have r-studio, but not enough disk space on the existing partition to put the other data on it, and i thought i shouldn't create a new partition to put the data on, as that could mess up remaining data. i don't have an external harddrive. is there any way i can safely get the data off? thanks! [more inside]
posted by willmillar on Apr 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Re-connect to HDs after XP re-format

In an emergency situation, facing a serious deadline, Windows decides to stop working. Not knowing what else to do, I reformat the harddrive. Crisis averted. Now, how do I re-connect to my second and third harddrives? [more inside]
posted by panoptican on Apr 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Magic Folders hosed my computer?

My computer is hosed. I installed Magic Folders at the suggestion of Ask Mefi and now I can't start it whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by sian on Feb 21, 2006 - 6 answers

please help a mac user format a hard drive using windows.

please help a mac user format a hard drive using windows. [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim on Sep 9, 2005 - 2 answers

Installed Programs List

Is there a quick and easy way to generate a list of all of the programs I have installed on my WinXP computer? [more inside]
posted by graventy on May 20, 2005 - 2 answers

Any way to get files off a computer that will not start up?

Is there a way to access files on a hard drive from another computer? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Feb 26, 2005 - 11 answers

Reinstalling WinXP

After a few hours of Google researching over the weekend, I could not find a simple, understandable guide for formatting my hard drive and re-installing Windows XP. I'm more interested in the actual process and less interested in being reminded to "backup everything." Does anyone know where I can find such a resource?
posted by LouMac on Feb 7, 2005 - 19 answers

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