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    wiping hard drive


    by greymethod ·

    Is there a way to delete everything on your hard-drive without starting windows I.E. through the boot menu?

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    • #3068343

      Reply To: wiping hard drive

      by thechas ·

      In reply to wiping hard drive

      Not from the boot menu, as you are still booting from the hard drive.

      You can boot from a startup floppy or CD and run utilities to clear the hard drive.

      If you just wish to erase the drive and start over, I recommend the following:

      Run fdisk.
      Remove the primary partition;
      logical drives if they exist;
      extended partition if it exists.
      Exit fdisk

      Reboot from the start up disk and run fdisk again.
      Partition the drive as desired.
      Exit fdisk

      Reboot and use the format command with the / s switch to make the hard drive bootable.

      If you desire to totally wipe the hard drive prior to getting rid of the computer, you want to download and run any of the secure erase utilities.

      One is:

      There are others.

      These overwrite your hard drive with a pattern of ones and zeros to make it nearly impossible to recover any data from the drive.


      • #2595938

        Fdisk issues on laptop

        by daugherr ·

        In reply to Reply To: wiping hard drive

        I’m trying to to format a laptop to install Windows XP over 2000, it won’t do it saying there are install files on that partition. I then decided to Fdisk to start over but when I try to boot to the floppy it comes up with this error, “Invalid Hibernation Partition?.run HDPREPEZ or AMI Save to File Utility” Does anyone know how to get around this problem so I can move on to the better things in life? Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer.

    • #3068317

      Reply To: wiping hard drive

      by hal 9000 ·

      In reply to wiping hard drive

      There is also the option of running a Utility from a floppy that writes 0’s to every sector of the HDD if you use this you are sure than nothing remains that can possibly mess up a clean install of Windows. These Utilizes are available from the individual drive makers so you can log onto one of the drive makers and download the Utility and Wipe the Drive. IBM now Hitachi used to have a good one but they no longer support this option and the last time I looked Maxtor had a copy that you could program the number of times that it wrote 0’s to every sector.

      That utility exceeded the DoD specifications but remember that if you have any sensitive data at all on the drive there is no way to totally remove it from a professional Data Recovery person so if you are thinking about selling the computer it is far more cost effective to replace the HDD and destroy the existing drive.

      But if you just want a clean drive to install from the above will be the best alternative. The trouble with running FDISK and then Format is that it only writes to every third sector so you still have 2/3 of the data left on the surface of the drive.


    • #3068541

      Reply To: wiping hard drive

      by willcomp ·

      In reply to wiping hard drive

      Darik’s Boot and Nuke runs from a bootable floppy or CD and does a fairly thorough job. It is freeware.


    • #2445381

      clean hard drive

      by cw_creativetouch ·

      In reply to wiping hard drive

      I want to sell my laptop and want to completely clean the hard drive of all infor. and then reinstall windows vista..
      What do I nee to do?

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