How to Format a Dell Inspiron Laptop?

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How to Format a Dell Inspiron Laptop?
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The Dell Inspiron laptops use a built-in program called DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 to restore and format the hard drive. It may be necessary to format your Dell Inspiron laptop if you are experiencing system problems that are causing your computer to become sluggish or report errors. The Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe Options are accessed when your laptop is booting up.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Power on your computer and press the "F8" key when the Dell logo appears on the screen.

  2. 2

    Highlight "Repair Your Computer" by using the up and down arrow keys on the Advanced Boot Options screen. Press "Enter."

  3. 3

    Click "Next" and enter your administrator user name and password to login.

  4. 4

    Click "Dell Factory Image Recovery and DataSafe Options" and follow the on-screen prompts to format your Dell Inspiron laptop.

Tips and warnings

  • Backup all data and files to an external storage device before performing a format of your hard drive. A format wipes your drive clean of all data.

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