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#1 rake1

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 03:36 PM

I was trying to be a good guy and reformat my daughters computer It had Vista on it and has loaded with viruses so I decided to put my XP on it. Well I put the disk in booted from cd it ran like it was wiping the hard drive but when it was done and rebooted it just wanted to start all over again. Got error and ask me to boot from cd again. I did some reading (a little Late) And it seems I may have to zero fill first before I can get the XP disk to load. Now I don't pretend to be an expert so I need some help with this whole process. How do I zero fill and how do I get this XP onto the once working Vista computer.

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 03:55 PM

System manufacturer and model?

You have a valid license to install XP on that system?

Your XP disk...is it a disk obtained from an OEM (HP, Toshiba, etc.)?

Did you delete the existing partitions on your daughter's hard drive...before trying to install XP?

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 01:14 AM

Where's the Vista disk, have you tried re-installing that one or the restore disk that came with that computer?

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 08:14 AM

I believe what you are referring to by zero fill is what happens when you use a third party formatting program to format the drive. The kind that will write zeros to the drive. Using a program that will write zeros to the disk is the best way to format to make sure viruses are really gone but should have nothing to do with being able to install an operating system. A regular format from the Windows disk should allow that, but like Louis said, you do need to delete the partition.

If you want to use a program that will write zeros to the disk to format the disk, there are several out there. I believe both Killdisk and Dban do that but I am sure there are others, I just do not know what they are at the moment.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 08:23 AM

I believe what you are referring to by zero fill is what happens when you use a third party formatting program to format the drive. The kind that will write zeros to the drive. Using a program that will write zeros to the disk is the best way to format to make sure viruses are really gone but should have nothing to do with being able to install an operating system. A regular format from the Windows disk should allow that, but like Louis said, you do need to delete the partition.

If you want to use a program that will write zeros to the disk to format the disk, there are several out there. I believe both Killdisk and Dban do that but I am sure there are others, I just do not know what they are at the moment.


Is that what Heidi Eraser does? They use DBan in their program I think. Not to get off topic but is Heidi any good? I use it because it's the first one I was told about years ago, not because I know enough to know if it's any good lol. I should check into Dban.......

but back on topic, kind of: Does that program when it nukes the disc just write over it 7 times, (or 35 or however many you specify), putting zeros in where the data was?




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