The Dell Inspiron 9400 laptop is just as susceptible as any other computer to malware and viruses that can corrupt the hard drive. Many people may consider replacing the hard drive, but there are many cheaper options for restoring the drive to its optimal computing power, including running an antivirus program or initiating system recovery. If an antivirus program can't rejuvenate the hard drive, back up your important files and data and then proceed with a system restore.
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Select the "Control Panel" from the desktop "Start" menu.
Click on "System and Maintenance" from the Control Panel menu.
Select "Backup and Restore." Hit "Continue" under "Back up files or your entire computer." If prompted to enter a username and password, enter them and then press "Continue."
Select either "On a hard disk, CD, or DVD" or "On a network" as the location to save the backup files. Click "Next." (If backing up data to a CD or DVD, insert a disc when prompted.)
Check the types of files (e.g., documents or audio) that you want to back up.
Hit "Save settings and start backup" to back up the data before restoring the system.
Power off the computer. Remove any peripheral devices such as speakers, printers or flash drives that are not necessary to this operation. Power on the computer while holding down the "F8" key until the advanced boot options menu appears.
Move the arrow key to "Repair Your Computer." Hit the "Enter" key.
Select the language settings to be used for the recovery process with the arrow keys and hit "Next." Log in, if necessary. Press "Next."
Choose "Dell Factory Image Restore" to restore the drive's original factory settings, and click on "Next."
Check the box next to the "Yes, reformat hard drive and restore system software to factory condition" option. Select "Next" and the computer will recover itself based on its configuration settings in the recovery partition.
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