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Windows Xp Pro - Drive Wipe Question - Dell


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#1 zcrane

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:04 PM

Hey guys -

I have a somewhat older Dell laptop that I am considering selling. I have a question about cleaning the drive though. I have a KillDisk License and would like to use it to erase all the data from the laptop's hard drive prior to selling. However, I am wondering if this will erase the Dell Diagnostic tool that you can boot to in order to test your hardware. I assume it will, because I doubt it is loaded onto a separate chip - probably just written to the drive.

If it does erase it, is this utility something that I can reinstall, or would it be gone forever?

Obviously, after running KillDisk, I will be reinstalling my operating system - Windows XP Professional.

Anything else I should consider before wiping the drive with KillDisk? How about general things to do when formatting a drive?

I have wiped several desktop hard drives, but this will be my first notebook. I was a little worried about getting all the drivers loaded back on, so I purchased DriverGenius, which allows you to back up all your drivers.

Thanks so much guys!

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:12 PM

Presumably the Dell Diagnostics are included on a separate partition on the hard drive. I understand that KillDisk has the ability to delete individual partitions. So, you could delete all the partitions except the diagnostic one.
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:47 PM

Budapest -

I don't believe this is the case, as I can only see one partition in My Computer. Is there a different way to view partitions?

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:52 PM

I just found this:

"Diagnostics Partition

* This partition uses about 40-60mb and is designed to run a series of tests to determine if something is wrong with your laptop. This will not detect all errors, but Dell does recommend running this software before you call them.

* To run this software, Reboot and hit the F12 key. This will bring you to the 1-time boot menu, and you can select the Dell Diagnostics.

* You can download this from Dell's website, and it is also located on the disks that is sent with Dell. You can use this from a disk, so it does not have to be on your hard drive."

http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread...8032#partitions

It is from 2 years ago... do you think the info is still current?

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:54 PM

Log on as administrator or as a member of the Administrators group. Click Start > Run > type compmgmt.msc and then click OK. In the console tree, click Disk Management. You should then be able to see any hidden partitions.
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Posted 21 July 2008 - 05:56 PM

Yep! There is a hidden partition there...

So, I should be able to just erase my System partition with KillDisk then? Sounds good!

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 06:03 PM

I've never used KillDisk, but I believe it has this option.
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