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Want to wipe drive clean

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by randwald, Dec 8, 2005.

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  1. randwald

    randwald Thread Starter

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    Hi. I want to wipe a XP drive clean. I downloaded software which says to use a boot diskette from DOS. Every time I load the dos floppy (from bootdrive.com) the pc switches to the c:drive and continues to load windows.

    Ideas? Thanks, Randy
     
  2. Old Rich

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    What operating system are you planning to install after wiping the drive?
     
  3. qldit

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    Good Morning randwald, you may find the madboot floppy is just what you need, google it.
    This is a free floppy image for technical geniusses, it has various utilities and will zero a drive, (takes a while) plus all the fdisk and other things. It is a gem of a tool!
    If you decide to download and make a floppy, it will also test your floppy drive mechanism to the utmost!!!
    It gives a GUI to allow easy operation and will allow almost any type of system to be initiated for install.
    Ensure the floppy disk you might use is definitely perfect with no bads. (Format it several times)
    Cheers, qldit.
     
  4. win2kpro

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    Go to this site and download DBAN and install it on a floppy.

    http://dban.sourceforge.net/

    Before you try to boot it access your BIOS and set the boot sequence to 1st Floppy Drive, 2nd CD-ROM and 3rd hard drive.

    DBAN will wipe your drive perfectly clean.

    You can also go to the drive manufacturers website and they should have a zero fill (low level format) utility available for your drive.
     
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