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I have a ASUS G60VX and after a recent update Windows did, my laptop decided to not start up past the "Welcome" screen. I have tried a few tricks that I found on google doing some weird things but I feel it just made it worse. I could get to safe mode however and quickly moved over everything important I needed. I tried putting in the disk that would reformat my computer and that didn't work for some odd reason. Now I try putting it in and I get the error that tells me that I have an error in one my drivers or something.

I was wondering if there was a way I could erase the memory on my hard drive manually myself and not send it in for a month to have them fix it themselves. I don't care what the problem is as I feel as there is no direct way of fixing it other than restarting over which I am gladly willing to do.

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For Windows, there's an option to format the drive before re-installation. Since you'll probably end up reinstalling, this is the fastest and easiest way. There are a few ways to repair Windows using the install discs but sometimes they don't work - test them out for your specific version.

If that doesn't work, try DBAN

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Thank you for your quick reply!

I think I will try out DBAN, but I'm going to need to reinstall the OS correct? So therefore needing a disk for that? Problem is, I don't think my laptop came with one. So does this mean I will have to go out and buy one? Or am I going at this at an incorrect angle?

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I'm pretty sure the laptop has a recovery partition that can be accessed when you first boot up by pressing one of the Function keys on top (F9 I believe) - that's one way to reset things back to factory settings. Some models have the Windows System Restore feature embedded in this recovery console so you can try to go back in time before that last problematic update, assuming the OS is still functional.

If nothing works out, it is often easier to just do a fresh install instead of trying to troubleshoot for days on end and still be left with a dud. You can either run the recovery option via that partition or do a regular reinstallation with the Windows CD or DVD (I can help you source the materials needed via PM). 

DBAN erases everything as to make sure nothing else can cause problems when you try to format or reinstall. Wiped clean of everything. 

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That could indicate a bad drive or another hardware issue (maybe no driver for the optical drive). 

If you have a spare unused USB drive lying around, download Slitaz and install it to the drive using Unetbootin. Change the boot order so that the USB starts first (either in the BIOS or another F key, possibly F10 or F12), then check to see if you can access the hard drive. If it doesn't show up, I would assume it to be disconnected or problematic.

Try booting only the optical drive. Disable the rest and see if the same error comes up again. 

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You need to start your computer from a CD: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/ht/bootcddvd.htm

I think DBAN is more of a data wiping liveCD, and it also takes very long to wipe your entire drive since it overwrites your drive multiple times to wipe data so it can't be recoverable when you just need to partition and format your drive which takes only a few minutes or less depending on the drive rather then hours with disk wiping utilities..

It also does not partition and format your hard drive to NTFS file system to reinstall Windows.

You probably be better off using Parted Magic Boot disk which can be used to Partition and Format your hard drive. http://partedmagic.com/doku.php

A simpler method is installing Ubuntu which you can download from http://www.ubuntu.com/download onto your computer by starting your computer from the Ubuntu install live CD OS which you need to burn with a CD burning program then leaving it in your CD drive while you start up your computer.

You can also use a 1GB USB flash drive to make a Ubuntu boot up flash drive by reading these instructions : https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/FromUSBStick

Ubuntu is free, all you need to do is download the ISO image file, and burn it to a CD-R or DVD-R blank disk with Nero, Roxio, or CDBurnerXP http://cdburnerxp.se/ which is a free CD burner program which you can use to burn CD or DVD with its ISO program.

You can use Ubuntu to partition, and format the drive by using the Computer drive manager program by Trying Ubuntu with the Live CD, or installing Ubuntu to your drive instead of Windows.

Unfortunately, your Wireless adapter, printer, scanner, and other devices may not work in Ubuntu. But, you can use Ubuntu to surf the web with firefox, type out documents in LibreOffice, and listen and watch media files like videos and songs with the default media players which are bundled with Ubuntu.

http://puppylinux.com/ is another Linux based operating system which you can run from the CD. I think it also has a Hard drive partition and formating software found on the desktop when you right click a drive. There is a format option.

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