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Need to wipe hard drive w/out being able to d/l a program


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#1 syzygybeth

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:45 PM

Thinkpad 310ED

Pentium II 366 MHz Celeron

Windows XP SE (no Windows disk)

DVD drive

1.44 drive (no floppy disks)

modem (no Ethernet)

Software: Norton Utilities Systemworks 2003

I don't own a landline

 

I have an old Thinkpad that I'd like to give away. I deleted all the files, but they can be recovered with Unerase. I could download something like CCleaner on my other computer and copy it over, but I don't have another PC with a 1.44 drive and the USB drive doesn't recognize any of the USB drives I've tried.

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I tried using the oldest (and newer) USB drives I had.

 

Add New Hardware Wizard

Found PC Multimedia Device or USB Mass Storage Device

Search in C:\Windows

Windows was unable to locate a driver.

 

Under Device Manager, I have a ? next to USB Mass Storage Device

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Systemworks doesn't have anything.

I tried installing WIn 7, but the drive doesn't recognize the CD.

I tried installing Win 8, but I need to update Windows first.

 

Does anyone have a way I can permanently wipe the empty space through Windows or am I going to have to take out the hard drive and tell the person they have to buy a new one?

 

Thanks for any help.



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#2 smax013

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 09:59 PM

How about download something to another computer and then burn it to a CD or DVD disc? You mention the Thinkpad has a DVD drive, so you should be able to then copy the installer off the optical disc and then install it in Windows XP on the Thinkpad.

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Posted 11 May 2017 - 10:00 AM

Great idea! I completely forgot that I could do that.

Thanks!



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Posted 13 May 2017 - 06:56 AM

Great idea! I completely forgot that I could do that.
Thanks!


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