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alexkerrblack

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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?
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1002richards

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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?
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flavallee

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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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alexkerrblack

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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?
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flavallee

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changed the bios to run the cd drive first but nothing happens. just goes straight to windows.
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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Squashman

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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.
 

alexkerrblack

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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
 
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