wiping hard drive

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cptpooface

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I am trying to wipe my hard drive with no success. I finally got windows to reinstall, but it doesn't wipe the hard drive. When I go the the Windows setup for reinstallation, it asks if I want to do a windows upgrade or new installation. I say new installation and go throught the steps, but everything on my hard drive stays. I need to know what to do to completely wipe my hard drive, I want everything erased and then I can reinstall Windows and start with a totally clean hard drive. Thanks a bunch for any help you can offer.
 

crjdriver

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I am assuming you are using either xp or win2k. Boot the computer with your cd [cd set as first boot device in the bios] do not try and install from within windows. The first menu asks if you want to install or repair, choose install. The next menu shows all of the partition you can install on. Choose where your current install is located and choose to delete the partition. You will get a warning about being a system partition; just acknowledge and continue. Next choose to create a partition and format with ntfs setup will continue.

I like to have all of the drivers, sp2, and utilities, ect burned to a cdr. This makes the install go much easier.
 

crjdriver

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Here is an install guide for xp home. He has guides for pro and win2k on his site as well.
 
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