Can anyone tell me if i would be able to reformat my hard drive so I can start again? I have a laptop which has 18gb but i only have 4.5gb free.I don't know why i have so little so thought i'd like to start again from scratch
Well if its a recovery disk you can't in effect format. What you can do however is to take the machine back to the state it was when you bought it. Backup everything you need and assuming the BIOS is set to boot from CD (most likely is) insert the disk and turn off, restart and if it says hit any key to boot from CD..do so. Follow the prompts.
As long as it doesn't say "will only work on machine supplied..paraphrasing) its a full installation disk. This is far better than a recovery disk. click here for the inns and outs of reloads formats etc: