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Windows 7: Wiping the hard disk clean

07 Apr 2013   #1
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Wiping the hard disk clean

I want to install Windows XP Professional on a clean hard disk. I plan to use "Darik's Boot and Nuke"
http://dban.org/ to wipe the disk clean. Is this a good idea?

Regards,
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07 Apr 2013   #2
indianacarnie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes.
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07 Apr 2013   #3
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

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,
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07 Apr 2013   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

You can do it with a Bootable Partition Wizard CD

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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07 Apr 2013   #5
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Make absolutely certain to connect only the HDD you want to wipe before you start DBAN. DBAN will wipe any and all HDDs it can detect on startup.

To quote DBAN's website:
Quote:
DBAN is a self-contained boot disk that automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk that it can detect.
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07 Apr 2013   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

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.
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08 Apr 2013   #7
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
Make absolutely certain to connect only the HDD you want to wipe before you start DBAN. DBAN will wipe any and all HDDs it can detect on startup.

To quote DBAN's website:
Quote:
DBAN is a self-contained boot disk that automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk that it can detect.
Thank you. I will make sure to have only the HDD that I want erased, connected.

Regards,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Apr 2013   #8
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.
When you say "you can also use the XP disk", I take it to mean the option offered to partition the disk during the process of installing XP. If I am correct, is there any advantage in using the PW disk over the XP option?

Thank you,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Apr 2013   #9
Melita

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by King Arthur View Post
Make absolutely certain to connect only the HDD you want to wipe before you start DBAN. DBAN will wipe any and all HDDs it can detect on startup.

To quote DBAN's website:
Quote:
DBAN is a self-contained boot disk that automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk that it can detect.
I booted with DBAN but it failed to erase the disk. I have installed Ubuntu in it and it is still there. I booted with it three times using only 'autonuke' option because I don't know anything about the other five options given. At the end of the process I got the following message.

"DBAN finished with no fatal errors"
The following was displayed in the log:
Error : dev/sde (process crash)
Error : dev/sdb (process crash)
Error : dev/sdd (process crash)
Error : dev/sdc (process crash)
Error : dev/sda (process crash)
What can I do now? I am really keen on cleaning the disk before installing XP, although it may not be necessary to do so.

Thank you,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Apr 2013   #10
VistaKing

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

See if this will help you partition the hard drive . It has photos

Partitioning A Blank Hard Drive During XP Installation
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