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Ok, so my brother bought a cheap low end pc with a good monitor for $70 from a friend of his. Anyway the computer came with a bunch of garbage on it and I want to wipe all of it off of the hard drives. Is there any way I can do this without having to get a format disc ( cause the comp didn't come with an OS disc).
Help would be much appreciated.

While I'm in the hard drive section, is there a way to setup a RAID 0 without having to reformat?
Thanks
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post #2 of 6
The best way is to just uninstall all of the stuff that isn't needed and then delete any folders or files that remain after uninstalling the unnecessary software.

Then reboot of course.
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post #3 of 6
The only way to be sure is to format the hard drive and reinstall windows.

You could use a tool like CCleaner to remove all temporary files and wipe the empty space on the drive.
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post #4 of 6
You have to format to setup a Raid 0.
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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post
The best way is to just uninstall all of the stuff that isn't needed and then delete any folders or files that remain after uninstalling the unnecessary software.

Then reboot of course.
After that run CCleaner Registry Cleanup to try and get rid of all the leftover registry keys from the programs.

EDIT: if you're going to setup a RAID 0 you'll have to reformat anyways. Or is that for a different computer?
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post #6 of 6
Using anything (like CCleaner) to clean the Registry is about as effective as taking a 1 million word document and removing like 200 words just to make the document open faster.

Worse yet, using software to "clean" the Registry of creating problems due to "cleaning" false positives.
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250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
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