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How to clean a donated XP PC?


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#31 britechguy

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 02:22 PM

Does the problematic PC have an optical drive?   Depending on the vintage you may not be able to boot from a USB drive no matter what you do.

 

My next step would be burning the ISO file you're trying to load to a CD/DVD and see if the machine boots from it with the BIOS set up correctly (which it already is based on your description).


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 03:02 PM

from post #28 -- "...7.61GB drive..."

  Cool, man, cool.  How big is the other hard-drive?  As indicated earlier, a small version of Linux can be installed.


Edited by RolandJS, 06 October 2017 - 03:04 PM.

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 03:38 PM

Does the problematic PC have an optical drive?   Depending on the vintage you may not be able to boot from a USB drive no matter what you do.

 

My next step would be burning the ISO file you're trying to load to a CD/DVD and see if the machine boots from it with the BIOS set up correctly (which it already is based on your description).

It has a DVD drive. I'll look into that. Thanks


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Posted 06 October 2017 - 03:42 PM

from post #28 -- "...7.61GB drive..."

  Cool, man, cool.  How big is the other hard-drive?  As indicated earlier, a small version of Linux can be installed.

Actually, that was a dumb mistake on my part. Kinda funny. I inserted the bootable USB drive with the Killfile utility. when it came up, I (thought I) told it to completely erase the HDD. But when I removed the USB drive and rebooted, it came up with XP just like before. So I reinserted the USB drive and rebooted. This time it skipped right past the USB drive and loaded XP. So I opened the USB drive in explorer and discovered that it was empty. After some head scratching, I realized that what I had done was erase the USB drive, not the HDD. So I recreated the USB boot drive and erased the HDD, which is 55.8 GB. (sigh)


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 02:11 AM

Does the problematic PC have an optical drive?   Depending on the vintage you may not be able to boot from a USB drive no matter what you do.

 

My next step would be burning the ISO file you're trying to load to a CD/DVD and see if the machine boots from it with the BIOS set up correctly (which it already is based on your description).

 

Success (partial). I was able to use Killdisk to create a bootable DVD and boot from it on the Chinese PC.

 

The boot DVD then ran Killdisk, which displayed the drives that it could kill. On the other PC, there was only one drive. On this one, it looks like there are at least two and they are partitioned. I took photos of the Killdisk screen and attached them here.

 

Here is the list of disks

SAMSUNG (80h)
 -> Local Disk (1:)
 -> Local Disk (2:)
    -> Extended
       -> Local Disk (3:)
       -> Local Disk (4:)
       -> Local Disk (5:)
 -> Unallocated

I am not sure in what order I should select them for killing.

 

Any suggestions?

Attached Files


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Posted 07 October 2017 - 07:57 AM

From your image it seems Killdisk labels partitions as local disks. The Samsung drive has two partitions, one primary, local disk 1, and the other extended, local disk 2, which has multiple logical partitions (local disks). Can you highlight Samsung and wipe the drive? If not then wipe disk 1 then disk 2.



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Posted 07 October 2017 - 04:28 PM

"...55.8 GB..."  Well, that's larger.  I'm not sure just how current of a Windows can be installed; and along with the normal 3rd party programs and utilities.


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Posted 08 October 2017 - 11:57 PM

From your image it seems Killdisk labels partitions as local disks. The Samsung drive has two partitions, one primary, local disk 1, and the other extended, local disk 2, which has multiple logical partitions (local disks). Can you highlight Samsung and wipe the drive? If not then wipe disk 1 then disk 2.

 

I was able to highlight the Samsung entry and Killdisk did the rest. Thanks


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 10:51 PM

OK. I called the school and they do want the computers, but the neighbors who gave them to me asked me to delete all of the data first. The IT person at the school said they might use them for parts or to experiment with installing a different OS, like Linux.

 

So, I would like suggestions for a utility, probably run from a USB drive, that will completely wipe the hard drive.

 

Thanks

 

Okay I'm not quite sure what you want, so here's a selection. If you want to erase all files but leave XP intact:

Bleachbit

Delete Doctor 1.1 (from majorgeeks.com)

Eraser (from spychecker.com)

Free File Shredder 4.1.2 (from kakasoft.com)

If you want to nuke everything:

Active@Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser (from killdisk.com)

CBL Data Shredder

Disk Wipe 1.7 or HDShredder 4.0.0 (both from majorgeeks)\

Lastly, BCWipe (from jetico.com) Don't recall which category its in.



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Posted 26 October 2017 - 12:24 AM

 
Thanks, but as I said above, Killdisk took care of it.


Edited by hamluis, 01 November 2017 - 02:15 PM.

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