With SystemRescueCD 1.3.4 (http://sourceforge.net/projects/syst...sysresccd-x86/
Find out about your Hardware, first. You may have to wipe your hard drive & will definitely have to partition it (easy). Respectively, this version is preferable because it has both "dban" if you need to wipe the HD with zeros and "gparted" is what you will need to partition.
An all-around distro that works with virtually all hardware, is antiX, but start with finding out what you have and what shape it is in.
Best wishes & cheers!