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Windows 7: Wiping the hard disk clean

08 Apr 2013   #11
x BlueRobot

 

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

The process should be similar or the same as Windows XP.
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08 Apr 2013   #12
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
See if this will help you partition the hard drive . It has photos

Partitioning A Blank Hard Drive During XP Installation
The first paregraph in you link states "If there is an operating system installed, the existing partitions will be listed in the lower half of the screen. Selecting an existing partition and using the D key will delete it, along with any data and program files it contains"

If Ubuntu is simply installed without partitioning the disk for that purpose, will there be an option to delete that during installation?

Thank you,
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08 Apr 2013   #13
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

If should delete the partition any data or OS
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08 Apr 2013   #14
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melita View Post
The Hard Disk of course needs to be partitioned when installing XP. I am not familiar with partitioning. Is there a simple method or program that I can do this with?

Thank you,
And you can also use the XP disc and a calculator to do your partitioning.

1 GB = 1024 MB

200 GB partition would equal 204,800 MB simple

But using the PW disc is sooooo much easier and the preferred method of millions of Happy Windows 7 users all over the World.
How much of space should I allocate for the partition of XP Professional? Is there a sort of 'usual practice' for this, such as allocating a percentage of MB or GB more than the actual size of the operating system installation?

Regards,
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08 Apr 2013   #15
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Are you just installing the OS and applications and are you moving the Documents and Settings folder to another partition ?
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08 Apr 2013   #16
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

From your first post it sounded like XP was the only OS on this HDD?
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08 Apr 2013   #17
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by VistaKing View Post
Are you just installing the OS and applications and are you moving the Documents and Settings folder to another partition ?
I want to delete Ubuntu completely (without saving any thing), which is the only thing on this HDD and install XP Professional.

What is the advantage in installing the OS and applications in one partition and moving Documents and Settings to another partition. If it is the better thing to do I would like to do that.
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08 Apr 2013   #18
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Here is the how-to use DBAN

How to use DBAN to remove the contents from a hard disk - UCD IT Services

I know you tried using it before try again with the steps on the link
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08 Apr 2013   #19
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

For Windows XP, I personally partition off 20~50GB for the C: drive. This leaves plenty of room to install XP as well as any programs and utilities that interface deeply with Windows.

The advantage of keeping your OS and personal data on separate partitions is that in the event you need to reformat C: all of your personal data will be on D: (or whatever applicable drive letter) and unaffected. I personally keep my OS and any programs and system utilities that work with/monitor the OS on C: while I keep all my personal data and programs like games on my data partitions (D: for the purposes of this example).
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29 Apr 2013   #20
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thank you all for some great help. I used the XP Clean Install to wipe the disk clean during installation. I made the XP partition 40GB. Left the rest of the disk un-partitioned, to play with later, once I decide where to put what. It worked out fine.

Best regards,
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