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erasing a harddrive

By estela ·
is it possible to write-protect a hard drive?

i have tried fdisk, and debug to clear out a hard drive in a laptop and nothing will write to the hard drive. whenever I reboot the laptop, I get a message: save disk disabled.

the hard disk I am trying to format has linux installed, I want to delete linux and install windows, but as I said above, it won't let me. and I don't know anything about linux, no commands, troubleshooting, nothing. I just want to uninstall linux, and install dos/windows on the harddrive, but for some reason i can't.

any suggestions?


thanks.


-estela

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RE: erasing a harddrive

by Jacky Howe In reply to erasing a harddrive

You were on the right track with Fdisk. Run it again and delete the Non Dos Partition. Recreate your Partition and install the OS.

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and then...

by relawson In reply to RE: erasing a harddrive

be sure to fdisk your master boot record too

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/69013

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Try DBAN

by Bizzo In reply to erasing a harddrive
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DBAN Worked!

by estela In reply to Try DBAN

Thanks Bizzo,

DBAN worked great! Now I can't get the OS installed.

Any suggestions?

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What is not working ? . . .

by OldER Mycroft In reply to DBAN Worked!

Other than "I can't get the OS installed".

Can you be more specific?

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RE: DBAN Worked!

by Jacky Howe In reply to DBAN Worked!

Now what you have is a Hard Drive without a Partition. Use fdisk to create the Primary Partition and mark it as Active. If you are installing windows 98 you will have to format the Drive before you can install the OS. XP should pick up the Drive with or without the Partition. A link to some reading.

http://www.pcguide.com/proc/setup/hdd-c.html

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thanks

by estela In reply to RE: DBAN Worked!

okay...so do I partition the disk then format, or format then partition?

thanks again

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OK

by Jacky Howe In reply to thanks

You will have to create the Partition first and then Format.

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