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By kenneth_davis ·
I teach PC repair and have been frustrated with changing OSs for students. I am familiar with fdisk, PM and just plain old del tree, but it appears that when I go to setup the new OS detects the presence of NTFS or Linux ect or will not delete logical drives in the extended DOS partician. It has taken several deletions of the partician and reformating several time to get a OS setup to run. Is there a utility out there that can wipe a hard drive clean from a boot disk?

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by E-Dog In reply to FDISK

fdisk /mbr
this is the switch to rewrite the master boot record
hope this helps

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by kenneth_davis In reply to FDISK

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by shiny_topadm In reply to FDISK

Answer no.1 is good, but also, don't forget that there are different versions of FDISK. If FDISK (for NT) was used to setup an NTFS partition, any of the FDISK for Win95 or 98 will not be able to delete it, even tho it will display as a DOS partition. This is a common problem when people install/uninstall multiple OS. Have you checked out "Partition Magic" from PowerQuest? good luck... Will

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by kenneth_davis In reply to FDISK

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by jweekley1 In reply to FDISK

I would recommend Partition Magic. I personally used it to set-up a dual boot with Linux and Windows. It did take a little time to set-up.

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by kenneth_davis In reply to FDISK

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by mmcdade In reply to FDISK

I can answer your last queston: search for "delpart.exe" and find it. It's part of the NT 3.51 Resource Kit. Copy it onto any WIN98 Emergecny Disk, boot from the disk, and then run "delpart" from the command prompt.

However, the first part of your post is up to you. Teach your students well. Let them know what you're trying to do, and why you're doing it. Then tell them how you did it and if it went well.

I wouldn't recommend teaching students to wipe their *** (excuse me) through FDISK,unless they know why they're doing it. Suggest alternatives, and let the students know.

Best of luck,

- Mark

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by kenneth_davis In reply to FDISK

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by pano In reply to FDISK

When you format a hard drive it erases everything on it but it does not really wipes out all information. There is however a procedure that wipes out everything and leaves the hard drive factory new. It is the second level of formatting which is lowlevel formatting. Low level formatting sometimes even fixes bad clusters and sectors. Depending on which operating system you use find the command for low level formatting of a hard drive and do it.

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