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#1 chattykathy

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 10:50 AM

Hello bc people,

Machine is Dell Latitude E6500 laptap using Windows XP.
Got a really mean infection with Virut! that rendered it all but useless and made the decision to erase the data and start over with a clean install.

Using Active Killdisk to erase data and have never done this before. Currently, erase is running on the OS (2:) partition, do I need to erase the DellUtility (1:) partition and the Unallocated partition too?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:10 PM

No, leave those other partitions alone. Just erase the OS partition.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:57 PM

Thank you, Bleepin' Ninja. I may be back whenever the erase completes, looks like it has 16+ hours to go.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 01:00 PM

You're welcome, kathy. :thumbsup:

Haha...yeah, a full partition/drive "shred" can take many hours, depending on the size.
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Posted 28 April 2010 - 09:47 AM

keyboard ninja,

Wanted to provide an update:

Success! After stuggling with DBAN for hours, gave it up and used Active Killdisk - took 19 hours and ran successfully. DBAN seemed easier but proved to be frustrating since it failed for multiple reasons. Active Killdisk was a piece of cake. Re-installed XP and drivers and have a working computer again. Now I need to get on with anti-virus, internet access etc.

You folks are the best, thank you for the time and patience. Your instructions are clear and
easy to follow and I will no longer be afraid to wipe a drive and start over. It is a hassle but
whatever this machine was infected with was ugly.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 10:15 AM

Good job. :thumbsup:
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