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Help Needed For Wiping Hd And Start Fresh


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#1 I_am_CanadianEh?

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 02:16 PM

Hello everyone :flowers:

I am now ready to say goodbye to XP and hello to Vista. I've been preparing for over 2 months by carefully researching all of my current software apps and hardware drivers and their behaviour with the new OS. I burned some CD's of all the drivers and software executibles I need once Vista is installed.

However, before I install Vista, I want to completely wipe my hard drive with zeros or whatever..., delete, create, and format partitions.

I have backed up everything I need to, but I need help into which order I should do the following tasks:

Should I wipe the drive first with a specific utility or delete partitions first? What programs do you recommend?

What partitioning, formatting program (other than the one on the Vista DVD) do you recommend?

Also, I will need access to the CD-ROM drive to swap discs after I perform these tasks. Will the CD-ROM drive eject and close after the drive is wiped and XP is erased or will I need a floppy boot disk with CD-ROM support?

Currently I have the following Floppies and ISO's burned.

1) Ultimate Boot CD
2) Partition Logic (Floppy image)
3) MS-DOS boot disk created within XP with the "Format" command.

What should I use and it what order? Please guide me up to the point where I'm ready to format my partitions and install Vista.

Thanks! :thumbsup:

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 08:41 PM

Also, I will need access to the CD-ROM drive to swap discs after I perform these tasks. Will the CD-ROM drive eject and close after the drive is wiped and XP is erased or will I need a floppy boot disk with CD-ROM support?

I haven't made the VISTA jump yet, so I'll let others voice their strategies. The VISTA CD, like XP, is bootable. You have to enter the BIOS and make the CD drive the first boot device, insert the Vista CD, exit the BIOS and reboot and installation should start.
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Posted 24 June 2007 - 08:51 AM

I would suggest allowing Vista to format your drive before installing - that will wipe everything off of it.
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Posted 25 June 2007 - 03:05 AM

The UBCD has several drive wiping tools:

Darik's Boot and Nuke
CopyWipe
Active@ KillDisk
PC INSPECTOR
HDDErase

You could boot your computer with the UBCD and use one of these tools to wipe the drive. Then boot with the Vista CD and proceed with the install.
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Posted 26 June 2007 - 11:19 PM

A format only removes the address talbles of the files, wiping the drive with a utility like Kill Disk or Wipe Drive is the best way to go.

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:29 AM

Since you want "to completely wipe my hard drive with zeros or whatever...,"

I would second Budapest's advice.


Otherwise, since it is your computer and will be used by you, usasma's suggestion will work perfectly fine.

However, you won't get that "fresh wiped" feeling.


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Posted 27 June 2007 - 10:31 AM

This is worth reading.

It gets confusing when you have two different people telling you what to do, but in this case either reformatting or wiping the hdd will work. The difference is that if you have any suspicion that you have any infections wiping the hdd will eliminate that problem. I always like to wipe that hdd so that I have a completely clean start. Kill Disk is free, and Wipe Drive has a free trial you can download.

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 08:59 AM

Wow, thanks for the replies. :thumbsup:

So, I think the UBCD is everything I need.

Since you want "to completely wipe my hard drive with zeros or whatever...,"

I would second Budapest's advice.


I think that's what I'll do, thanks Budapest.

One last question. Should I check the HD for errors before or after I wipe the drive? Will wiping the drive get rid of any errors anyway? Or, would I need to check for bad sectors before I install VISTA?

I assume a "Chkdsk" or "Scandisk" utility is found on the UBCD? Or do I need to search for a bootable disk with Chkdsk or scandisk support?

Thanks again! :flowers:

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 09:04 AM

Test the drive after you wipe it. The UBCD has many hard disk diagnostic tools (it's best to use the one that matches your drive manufacturer):

Drive Fitness Test (IBM/Hitachi)
Diagnostic Tool (Fujitsu)
SeaTools for DOS (Seagate/Maxtor)
SHDIAG (Samsung)
HUTIL (Samsung)
DLG Diagnostic (Western Digital)
Data Lifeguard (Western Digital)
SCSIMax (Maxtor/Quantum)
GWSCAN (Gateway)
ESTest (ExcelStor)
Salvation HDD Scan and Repair
MHDD32
ViVARD
HDAT2
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