how do i whipe my hard drive clean?

Started by lightning, May 10, 2008, 09:06:22 pm

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lightning

hey guys i was just wondering how do i whipe my computers hard drive so its just blank with no operating system?
do i need a program to do this or can i do it through the cmd or something?

rcallicotte

May 10, 2008, 11:05:25 pm #1 Last Edit: May 10, 2008, 11:07:04 pm by calico
I can tell you how to do it with a Windows XP CD.  Put the CD in your CD player, boot, and, when asked to boot from the CD, do it.  After it does its thing, you'll get an option to format your disk.  Then, format it.  The only problem is that then you'll have it formatted for Windows XP.

So I guess this isn't what you want.  Not sure what you have in mind, but to "wipe your disk" you'll need to do it by formatting it.  A format relies on the OS for a format.
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nikita


lightning

i want to whip or format my hard disk because i formated it wrong first time my hard drive is 320 gb but at the mo it only 120gb
i run on windows xp professional sp2

nikita

In that case, you don't need to reformat it - you can use a tool like partition manager to increase your 120GB partition to use the the whole disk.
I think GParted might work too, but I'm not sure.

lightning


Will

you can zero it but that take forever.
The world is round... so you have to use spherical projection.

lightning

yes it worked user partition manager 9 and got an extra 170 gigs on my computer!!! i got 1050 gigs now

RedSquare

Quotei got 1050 gigs now


and still kept your files.   ;D