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wipe harddrive w/ Active@KillDisk, reformat and re-install win xp home on test machine


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#1 ranger72

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 12:55 PM

Hello All!

I would like to totally wipe a 320 Gb Hitachi harddrive (IDE) so as to insure there is absolutely no possibility of previous data remaining on drive. This is on a test machine I have running Win xp home edition (SP 2). If I am understanding correctly after using KILLDISK then I will need to reformat disk and re-partition disk before doing the re-install. Is that correct?

Is this the right product to use for what it is I'm trying to do?

I wish to download KillDisk to a bootable CD-ROM and go from there. Does anybody who has used this app see any problems or have any comments about this process?

Thank you very much for your input/advice!

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 01:54 PM

You have the right idea, Killdisk or DBAN will do the job for you. After the hdd is wiped you can use the Windows installation CD to partition and then format the hdd, and it will prompt you through the installation.

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 03:16 PM

Thank you dc3,

I am going to read up at the DBAN link you provided and make a decision.

Have you ever used either one?

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 03:59 PM

I've used the free version of Killdisk without any problems at all
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Posted 03 December 2008 - 04:48 PM

thank you Garmanma!

If I download/install to a disk will it run if booted from disk or usb thumb drive?

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Posted 03 December 2008 - 05:40 PM

I have done my "RTFM" and have answered my own question. :trumpet:


I went with Active@Killdisk. I downloaded DBAN and couldn't get it to work...Then I downloaded KILLDISK and it booted right up with the instructions ready to go. The program seems to be running properly and gives me an estimated finish time of a couple of hours.

I will mess around with DBAN another time when I have time for experimentation..It also looks like a good proggy and it is on the "Good to Go" list for the Canadian Mounties which is a good enough recommendation for me (top notch outfit). :flowers:

I will let you all know if I run into any problems "Ex Post Facto" :thumbsup:

Thank you guys!

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