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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 cpmajor2002 In reply to FDISK

I do not know if you have this answer or not. but I recommend partition magic. I had that same problem, could not get rid of a partition. easy program to use, deletes the unwanted partition instantly. runs a 3.5 diskette, you can download it from zdnet.

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by guidos In reply to FDISK

Once again, I'll say that there's a utility that comes with Ghost software called GDISK...I always use it rather than FDISK because it WILL remove all partitions on your HDD from a DOS prompt (you can format from GDISK also, either a quick or full).

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by wlbowers In reply to FDISK

There is a product called drivepro. It will erase the first 8 or 10 tracks of a hard drive. This is where all of the partition information is stored. It runs in dos and works. You can find it here. http://www.storagesoft.com/products/

Good luck Lee

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by HiltonT In reply to FDISK

Hey Kenneth,

I teach the "Mechanics" component in a number of multimedia courses at a local private institution.

I have found that it is safest to use MS-DOS 6.22's FDISK - stay clear of the DOS 7.x versions.

Microsoft seems to have an "issue" with their FDISK (any version) - it will handle FAT and FAT-32 partitions, but craps out with "non-DOS" partitions such as EXT2 and NTFS.

There are a few ways around this:

1. Use Windows NT to remove the partitions - run the setup until youget to the partitioning section and remove all partitions. Reboot and they are all gone.

2. Have a look for FreeDOS (http://www.freedos.org/) and make up a bootdisk using FreeDOS and FreeFDISK. This seems to work *much better* than the Microsoft version.

3. Make up a Linux rescue disk (using LRP - http://lrp.c0wz.com/) and get hold of the fdisk.lrp package (http://wpkgate.kc.com.my.cpwright.com/lrp/). This will allow you to remove all partition types, and modify them too - good for those students with more than a "passing interest"!

Regards,
Hilton

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