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How do I perform a Secure Erase of my Hard Drive use CopyWipe

If you really want to make sure that your Hard drive is totally wiped before a re-install and don't want to repartition your Primary Drive then CopyWipe is one of the best ways to do this and its FREE


You can download a DOS version that creates a DOS floppy a Windows GUI version or a plugin for Barts PEBuilder

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trying to install windows 7 retail 64 bit on Scorpio (was installed once already started getting wonky so decided to format reinstall) boot with usb dvd rom drive get to unpacking of windows files and get(windows cannot find locale error code 0x80fe0000 and install stops This is an HP Pavillion dv2 1044ca) which ran vista and the i got the retail upgrade from Microsoft.

According to Microsoft, Windows 7 must be installed on a primary partition. This error code means the installer hasn't found a primary partition on the target drive. The primary partition must be on the first hard drive in the boot order, and if you have more than one user partition (not counting the small drive table partition), you must install to the first user partition. Unfortunately MS doesn't seem to have a clear, comprehensive answer to the issue. I've gleaned the following from various forum responses.

For some reason the installer is date sensitive, so make sure the time and date are correct in the BIOS. Time your next install attempt so it will NOT go past midnight during the installation.

Check your BIOS settings to make sure the drive is listed as a "primary" drive (drive 0, not drive 1) rather than a secondary.

Some people have had problems with the Windows 7 installer on drives that have the Master Boot Record from previous installations. Try a FORMAT /MBR using the Windows 7 install CD. If this doesn't work,
  1. Use the partition command to remove the target partition from the drive to wipe this out
  2. Partition the now unused space and reformat (again!), and
  3. If the partition command or installer has an option to set a partition as primary (or something else), choose primary (disk 0) for the partition you want to use for Windows 7.
If all else fails, use your HP Software Recovery CD to do a complete repartition and reformat. You could use the Windows 7 partition command to do the same thing, but then you would lose the HP System Recovery partition. However, if HP is marking the System Recovery partition as partition 0, it could be causing the problem. In that case, see if HP has an updated version of the CD that includes a fix for this, or do without it and turn it all over to Windows 7.

Dec 26, 2010 | Western Digital WD Scorpio Black...

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hi i have a western digital wd1600 160gb hard drive last year i used the hirens boot disc to completely wipe my hard drive and repartition the drive but now when i try to use my western digital tools for the hard drive that came with the drive it says motherboard primary master open and cant figure out how to fix the drive boot now my pc only works good on slave and the master setting will only boot as long as the windows xp cd is in the cd-rom

Have you tried setting the jumpers on the new drive to CS (cable select) If you use that setting, the position of the drive on the cable determines whether it is master or slave. For example, the plug at theend of the IDE cable is the master and the plug in the middle of the cable would be slave. Just a suggestion. If you are using SATA, this does not apply.

Jul 18, 2010 | Western Digital Caviar WD1600 (1600YD) 160...

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Can't install OS, Passed full PC Check

OK after doing that DOD, you MUST repartition, and reformat before you can do anything further.

Apr 01, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX150 PC Desktop

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I have a 2006 HP Pavillion PC main process: AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ C Drive Free Space 476 MB, Total Size 18 GB D Drive Free Space 270 GB, Total Size 280 GB Is it possible to repartition the drives to put more space in the C Drive?

The short answer to your question is "Yes" however, all information on the drive would be lost. As a work-around, store/move more information to the D: volume. Perhaps install any new software programs to D: rather than C:

Jan 13, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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supervisor password...

I'm not sure what is meant by it being on top of the bios password, I'll need more info.

However, A bios password can be reset by removing the coin cell battery for 15 seconds from underside of most laptops in a compartment with a cover removable by a screw(s).

If the password is not part of the bios it is on the hard drive. The only way I no of wiping out an operating system password such as in windows xp is to do a fressh install of the operating system wiping out the old one.

Other than that the only other place I could think of there being a password is on the boot sector of the hard drive and formatting the boot sector and repartitioning the hard drive wiping out all data can remove any password on the hard drive.

Sep 08, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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