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Windows 7: clean XP hard drive using win 7 clean commands?

14 Oct 2010   #1
msongs

 
 
clean XP hard drive using win 7 clean commands?

Hi, I want to clean/erase my xp hard drive. followed the tutorial on this forum and got to cmd - diskpart - select disk - clean all - exit but it weon't do anything. I put clean ), O clean, cean all O, etc and it just says Im not doing it right and so nothing happens. I can't find any similar instructions searching XP except for reformat and I want to clean totally not reformat. thanks!


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14 Oct 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by msongs View Post
Hi, I want to clean/erase my xp hard drive. followed the tutorial on this forum and got to cmd - diskpart - select disk - clean all - exit but it weon't do anything. I put clean ), O clean, cean all O, etc and it just says Im not doing it right and so nothing happens. I can't find any similar instructions searching XP except for reformat and I want to clean totally not reformat. thanks!
msongs

Whats the difference to you in terms of clean totally vs format. Format erases the entire drive as well.

Ken J
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14 Oct 2010   #3
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

The "clean all" command takes a while to complete, like 1 hour for 250GB.
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14 Oct 2010   #4
msongs

 
 

I would like to get it to work :-) going to sell this computer and want the drive as clean as I can get it.
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14 Oct 2010   #5
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

If you cant get Clean all to work, use DBAN to completely nuke the hard drive.

DBAN Download | Darik's Boot And Nuke
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20 Oct 2010   #6
MacnamaraJack

Windows 7 Pro 32-bit
 
 

As bill2 says, DBAN you could use and i recently used it in a study i was carrying out and worked excellently and none of my hard disk could be reocvered.
You can take a look at a guide i just wrote below:
Macnamara

Hope it helps
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20 Oct 2010   #7
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Clean All is tricky. Once the command starts, there's nothing to let you know that it's processing. All you see is a blinking cursor. Don't let that fool you, it is in fact processing. You'll have to wait it out. When it completes (could take a couple of hours) It will let you know that the command was completed successfully.
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