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Solved: how do i wipe my whole harddrive.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by alexkerrblack, Nov 6, 2011.

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  1. alexkerrblack

    alexkerrblack Thread Starter

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    relativley simple one for you here.
    i want to wipe my all my drives on my laptop and start from scratch.
    everythings backed up and i have the windows disk and all drivers. just tried doing it but it just reinstalled windows and hasn't wiped anything. ideas?
    cheers
    alex
     
  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Hi,
    Darik's boot 'n Nuke (Dban) of ten suggested here.

    "Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction."
    http://www.dban.org/

    Hope this helps?
    Richard
     
  3. alexkerrblack

    alexkerrblack Thread Starter

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    cheers. if this thread becomes solved then i've cracked it. :cool:
     
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    The Windows XP CD does all the work.

    You set the CD/DVD drive first in the boot order in the BIOS, then you insert the CD and boot from it, then delete the current partition, then create a new partition, then format it in the NTFS file system, then do a clean install of Windows.

    Here is a good pictorial guide to get familiar with and follow.

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  5. alexkerrblack

    alexkerrblack Thread Starter

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    right. i've got dban, changed the bios to run the cd drive first but nothing happens. just goes straight to windows. the dban file is an iso. do i need to get the program off it like normal iso files with something like daemon tools?
    cheers
     
  6. alexkerrblack

    alexkerrblack Thread Starter

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    obv i've burnt the iso file to cd.
     
  7. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    Are you using an original Windows XP CD?

    If the CD/DVD drive is set first in the boot order, after you insert the Windows XP CD and restart the computer, you should see a Press any key to boot from CD command.

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  8. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    Well you can burn the iso to a cd but if you didn't burn it as an image then all you are going to have on the cd is the iso file instead of the contents of the iso file.
     
  9. alexkerrblack

    alexkerrblack Thread Starter

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    hi all. burnt it again and, presto. everything's sorted. Thanks all for the advice and keep up the good work.
    Cheers
    alex
     
  10. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    You're welcome!
     
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