How to Format a Compaq Presario

by Ricky Gee
hard drive interior image by Curtis Sorrentino from

Presario is the name of a line of desktop and laptop computers manufactured by Compaq. If you own a Presario and find that it is giving you some trouble, it is often a good idea to format your hard drive and start from scratch. Formatting your drive will completely wipe out any viruses that you have accumulated along with clearing your drive of unused files.

Step 1

Insert the restoration disc that came with your computer into your CD drive.

Step 2

Restart your computer. It should now boot up from the CD instead of its hard drive.

Step 3

Hit the "Enter" key when the blue welcome screen is displayed. Accept the terms and conditions of the licensing agreement.

Step 4

Press the "Esc" key to bypass the repair screen.

Step 5

Press the "D" key on the partition screen to delete the current partition on the hard drive. Press "Enter" to create a new partition on the drive.

Format the drive by selecting "Create a partition using the NTFS file system." There are also options to format using the "quick" method and to format using the FAT file system.


  • Using the "quick" formatting option will not do a complete (low-level) format of the hard drive.


  • You can reach Compaq support at 800-888-0220.


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About the Author

I hold a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida where I majored in interdisciplinary studies and minored in digital media. My areas of study were computer science and business administration. I run a freelance computer repair business where I perform repairs either in-house or at customer's homes. I also have been writing professionally as a freelancer for three years -- specializing in technical writing.

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