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When i install windows xp i done it 2 times

I wnt to wipe my hard drive clean how do i do it

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What exactly do you mean? Well, you can always format the drive. This will delete everything on it, and then you can install Windows and start from scratch. But if you want to keep intact all your data and files, then you have the option of defragmenting the drive.
How to defragment: Go to "Start -> All Programs ->Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter". You can select the drive you want to defragment and press on "Defragment" button. Defragmenting helps you free up space

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There is not enough space to do a backup. Is it possible to completely wipe the hard drive and start over?

Sure but you'll lose all your programs, files and documents, etc. Unless you are using W10, your best bet is to buy a new drive ($20-50) rather than wipe and reformat the existing one. You don't say how old it is but you could do that, just to have the current hard drive fail later.

1. Get the new HDD and use free software to "clone" the old hard drive to the new.
2. Or start over, install the OS - (W7 recommended) then use the File & transfer settings to move - only your documents and files, not your programs - to the new HDD. You'd need to reinstall any other programs you have on the old drive.

Here's a great link - don't be intimidated - if you print out the directions and follow them (or get a friend to help) it's not that difficult.

Good luck!

Sep 17, 2016 | Hard Hard Drives

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I have a diamondmax plus 8 40 gb HDD that I am trying to install in a Dell computer. The drive that came with the machine is a diamondmax plus 8 30 GB HDD. I have tried two different XP install disks and I...

If you get that error when you are at the screen for selecting a partition in windows XP, then if you have the hard-drive as master, the cable is correctly hooked up, your drive needs to be erased, reformatted.
There is a few ways of doing this, first way is to wipe the disk clean, I use a program called disk wipe you can get it here:, use this to wipe the disk clean, usually the boot information would be on the first part of the drive, so you can run a quick wipe, i usually just wipe the first 3 or 4 gigs. After that you can use windows XP again, you shouldn't need a driver for the hard-drive, but if you do, windows will give you that option, then proceed to new install, and to the partition area, the drive should show up, if it does, then you need to delete that partition, create a new partition, and reformat that partition, then click next to continue the install or follow instructions to install that os.
The other way is to hook the drive up to the same computer or another computer as a second drive, where you have windows installed on the first. Then in windows go to computer select that drive right click on it and it will say format, click format, and select quick format, then ok to format the drive, if at this stage you still don't see the drive, then you have to go to control panel, administrative tools, disk management and the drive should be visible, you should then be able to right click where it says disk o or disk 1 which ever disk, if you only have one disk hooked up then you'll see it, it is probably offline so you need to click on line, or make active, once you do that, you can right click on the hard-drive next to where it says disk, and select format which should now be allowed, format it, and then it will show up as a drive under my computer, once it does, you can then install windows on it without any problems.knoppteria4.jpg Once it is formatted it will say healthy system. The reason hard-drive is not being recognized is because it isn't formatted correctly, the above always fixed this issue, unless the hard-drive is defective, which is the other reason, and one other reason is that when windows ask for 3rd party drivers you might need the driver for that disk which when it ask for 3rd party drivers, you would put the driver in, from a disk or another drive. Hope this help's, i have ran into this issue hundreds of times, some on my own disk, it happens, but is most of the time easy correct. Also as a tip make sure your bios is set properly for that drive, and that in your bios you can see the drive before you install windows.

Nov 30, 2010 | Maxtor Hard Drive

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I have a Dell Demension 3000... I have a hard drive in it that has XP as the OS... I am trying to install a second hard drive as a slave and I want to install Windows 7 on that hard drive. I wiped the 2nd...

yes it will show device is working properly

did you change jumper setting of your hard drive if not see the label top of you hard drive and change jumper to slave

Sep 11, 2010 | Maxtor Hard Drive

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The computer keeps crashing with a blue screen I've done a clean install of win xp home after formatting but problem continues no changes have been made to hardware or software. Is this a hard disk...


Yes, since you have reinstalled Windows XP with the same result, you likely have a hardware problem.

The first choice would be to test the memory - one module at a time, to see if a faulty module.

Run your computer's diagnostics to see if you get a clue.

As you mentioned, your hard drive could be failing.

Hope this helps.

Jun 13, 2010 | Toshiba MK8025GAS 80 GB Hard Drive

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Different WIndows operating systems on two hard drives

main Dell Optiplex

Slave (cable select)
Quantum Fireball
once you have installed them physically into your comptuer like that, start it up.

Format Quantum Fireball

Now you still have windows xp, and you have a clean 2nd hard drive.

You do not need to install windows xp on the 2nd drive
Quantum Fireball .

Dec 13, 2009 | Quantum Fireball Lct20 (QML20000LD-A) 20...

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Hard drive is not recognize by the computer

Both XP and Vista have this feature that requires that new installs of hardware be certified by Microsoft within anywhere from 30 to 60 days from installation.

Run an install (not a clean install which will wipe your data, mind you, but an install accomplished by installation disks, where you will be asked which kind of install you wish to accomplish, and you will be asked to register your software using your product key)

If you need additional information, I will be more than happy to assist you.

Apr 07, 2009 | Toshiba MK8026GAX (hdd2191) 80 GB Hard...

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I wnt to know how to wipe my hard drive clean

It depends on your goals. If you just want to clear space for new material, drag everything to the trash and empty it.

You can also format the drive.

If you have a security concern, the above doesn't truly erase everything so you want to overwrite the hard drive.

If this is a one of a kind problem, I'd just create a huge word file, say a bunch of 'x's in a file, and I'd double it and re-double it until you've got a file a few gigs in size, then I'd dupe the file and get my drive pretty full of them. This can actually take some time, so another thing you can do is invest in some disk wiping software, which does the sort of thing I just mentioned, only repetitively and without taking up your time.

I've heard it said that one must multiply re-write the same areas again and again to truly wipe out the data, but I think once is enough for any normal purpose. But professional software is quick and relatively inexpensive and written by folks who've studied the matter iin detail.

If you've got really vital stuff and you don't intend to use the hard drive again, a sledgehammer will do the trick.

Dec 26, 2008 | Western Digital My Book Essential Edition...

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Wipe hard drive

under the laptop xp home sticker.
have u backed up personal files ? pics docs music ?

turn pc on .repeatedly tap F12 then put xp cd in it. then choose cdrom. then it will boot to a blue screen. loading stuff on bottom 2 minutes.then 2 options repair console or install windows. choose second. then F8 i agree to licensing terms and then drive is listed.. at that point u can delete and create partition then it will ask to format i do quick. then rest is easy.

Aug 01, 2008 | Dell (0K724) for Inspiron 8100 40 GB Hard...

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Wipe the hard drive

if its inspiron 8100 you wont have theoption of ctrl f11 as its older than 2005 when quick restore was added to dells. you will need the xp cd dell can ship it for under 11$ also download audio video network drivers for that model then burn them to cd .

However im able to remove almost all viruses with boot cd ( even with remote support= tech can do it remotely)

Aug 01, 2008 | Dell (0K724) for Inspiron 8100 40 GB Hard...

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