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Erase a hard drive

I need to erase the hard drive on my desktop computer and reinstall Windows XP

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    do you have an installation or recovery disk?

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While a simple format is usually enough (depending on the purpose of wiping the drive), if it is critical that you wipe the drive, then, you need a third-party tool. http://www.disk-partition.com/help/wipe-data.html

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IF you have the XP installation CD you can easily do that, Just set your BIOS to boot from the CDrom then put the XP CD on your CD drive then restart the computer , so your computer will automatically boot from the XP installation CD then on that process you will have an option to format the entire hard drive that you have using the XP CD installation, then just let the installation finish...

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Dear Comfused,

What u have to do is take a bootable windowsXP CD boot u r system with that CD it will automatically boot the system with that CD if the system not booting with that CD then u have to go in BIOS
now go to the boot option then select 1st boot device CD drive. save it and exit from BIOS now it will restart the system no it will boot from CD then follow the instruction shown in the screen and format the C drive then it will install the fresh windows XP. Now u r hard disk get erase and u also get the fresh Operating System I hope this information will going to Help u out.


Regards,
Bittu_8

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