How to Reformat HP Pavilion Drives

By Art Corvelay

HP Pavilion computer hard drives can be reformatted using an HP utility.
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Reformatting your computer may differ from model to model, depending on the operating system. However, the HP Pavilion laptop series makes it easy for even novice users to reformat their computers because it has a built-in interface that allows you to simply click through the reformatting process. Because reformatting your computer will erase all of the files that are currently stored on the hard drive, you should be sure that you have either backed up the files or no longer need the files before reformatting.

Plug your HP Pavilion into a power source to ensure that your computer has enough power throughout the reformatting process.

Terminate any applications that are running on your computer.

Launch the HP PC Recovery Utility. If you are a Windows 7 or Windows Vista user, click "Start," "All Programs" and "Recovery Manager." If you are a XP user, click "Start," "All Programs," "System Recovery" and "PC Recovery."

Select "System Recovery" if you are a Windows 7 or Vista user. For Windows XP, select "PC Recovery" from the list of options and then click "Next." Your HP Pavilion automatically restarts.

Click "OK" after your computer restarts and you see the "Welcome to PC Recovery" message.

Click "System Recovery" from the "System Recovery Panel." At this point, the system completely reformats the hard drive and destroys all data.

Restart the HP Pavilion when you are prompted.