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Need Help With Reformating And Zeroing Harddrive (xp)

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#1 cellophate


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Posted 11 July 2006 - 04:23 PM

i realize this is most likely a stupid question, but i wanted to check. i want to reformat my harddrive due to a few small errors that i've been trying to fix for a few days now. i tried reformating my drive through ms-dos, but it asks for a "volume name" and i wasn't sure what that is. i also wanted to check into zeroing out my drive, if i do so, will i still be able to boot from the cd drive to re-install windows? i'm running windows xp right now. i've read a few things that said you don't have to reformat in ms-dos, you can just boot up with the xp disc, does it still work the same or does that leave some data behind. i was given this computer a few years back, and i think there might be some corrupt programs lingering that i want to get rid of. any advice would be a great help!!

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#2 JU$T1N


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Posted 11 July 2006 - 04:28 PM

If you do a quick format from the XP disk it just makes all files *.old and to be over written.

A full format will do a surface scan and fully format the drive.

If you are worried about someone discovering your "old" files that once were: A big magnet may be your answer.

(Note: I wouldnt try the magnet though as it will surely make the Hard Drive go ka-put permanetly)

Through the grape vine: multple full formats may make old data non-recoverable

PS... if its just some old programs, then a quick format will do you just fine

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Posted 11 July 2006 - 06:46 PM

Make sure you have your 25 digit Windows XP key number before you reinstall Windows. If the computer was commercially built it should be on a sticker on the case of the computer.

If you do not know it download Keyfinder V1.41 from
which will provide it for you.

What version of the Windows CD do you have? If it is a retail version (not preinstalled by the computer manufacturer) it should give you the option of formatting the disk when you boot from it. Just try booting from the Windows CD and see what options it gives you.

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