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how do I wipe out my hard drive

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how do I wipe out my hard drive

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in preparation for installing windows 7 I would like to clean off my hard drive for a fresh start. in the old days we just did a format c:/s but I don't know if that works anymore.
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    santeewelding

    A god from outside the machine. Instructing your OS to format c is to cause a snake to begin swallowing itself at the tail. Eventually, there will come a moment of crisis.

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    NexS

    (I say XP because I don't know what it's like for Win7)and boot from CD. Then go through the process of formatting it in the initial setup... then just don't install XP...

    That's what I'd do... or use a disk eraser and a CD operating system (Oh Smeg links to a good one all the time to people... can't remember what its called)

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    agsapt

    You copy of win7 should allow you to reformat and/or repartition your hard drive(s) while installing. Actually no need for other software

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    OH Smeg

    http://www.dban.org/

    Though some people have a problem with some SATA Drives so they use Kill Disc which is also a freebie available here

    http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

    If you have any suspicion of a Infection on your HDD either of these will kill it completely as they write zero's to every sector of the HDD instead of just writing to every third sector with the Windows Format Option and even less with the Fast Format.

    Col

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    santeewelding

    A god from outside the machine. Instructing your OS to format c is to cause a snake to begin swallowing itself at the tail. Eventually, there will come a moment of crisis.

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    NexS

    (I say XP because I don't know what it's like for Win7)and boot from CD. Then go through the process of formatting it in the initial setup... then just don't install XP...

    That's what I'd do... or use a disk eraser and a CD operating system (Oh Smeg links to a good one all the time to people... can't remember what its called)

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    agsapt

    You copy of win7 should allow you to reformat and/or repartition your hard drive(s) while installing. Actually no need for other software

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    OH Smeg

    http://www.dban.org/

    Though some people have a problem with some SATA Drives so they use Kill Disc which is also a freebie available here

    http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

    If you have any suspicion of a Infection on your HDD either of these will kill it completely as they write zero's to every sector of the HDD instead of just writing to every third sector with the Windows Format Option and even less with the Fast Format.

    Col