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How do I completly remove a os of a hard drive


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#1 diepartbrandin

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:02 AM

I have already made a backup disk and need to completly remove my os from my harddrive I need to start out with a blank drive. I'm trying to get a home built machince up and running for a friend. He installed a cracked windows xp first, when he realized that he would not be able to live update he installed a store bought copy of xp professional on top of it, now drivers, firewalls and among other things are not working properly. Can any one help.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:38 AM

You can simply take the legal copy of XP...and delete all existing data/partitions on the hard drive...and then go through the clean install, following the various prompts provided by the XP install CD.

XP Clean Install, Stevens - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures - http://www.theeldergeek.com/xp_home_install_-_graphic.htm

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows Windows XP Clean Install (Interactive Setup) - http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sg_clean.asp

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 10:31 AM

Reformatting only removes the Master File Table, so if you really want to start off with a fresh hdd you will need to wipe the drive with a application like Derik's Boot and Nuke, this will completely overwrite the hdd.

There are instructions for using dban at this web site.

Edited by dc3, 26 February 2009 - 10:32 AM.

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 12:50 PM

Thank You its up and going now with no issues

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Posted 28 February 2009 - 01:22 PM

Glad to hear it. :thumbsup:

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