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I want to format my disk drive totally cleanning it

I tried to reformat a disk drive by re installing Win ZP but it lives some old files on the directory..
how can i make the drive totally clean?

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The only proper way to ensure a complete clean install of Windows (**) is solution 2 on this posting. I would also suggest the NTFS file system in lieu of FAT32 if the Windows OS supports.

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If you can identify the drive manufacturer, and go to their website you should be able to find some free testing and maintenance utilities for your drive model. Amongst those should be a utility to wipe the drive nice and squeaky clean. And after all that you know the condition of the drive. i.e. bad sectors etc.

If you have a disk for your anti-virus program, there should be cleanup utilities there too for cleaning a drive squeaky-clean.
Boot from that CD and check out what options it offers.
You paid for it, make some use of it.

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  • Files will start to load from the CD to begin the installation.
  • Eventually you’ll be asked if you want to install Windows XP. Just hit Enter.
  • Next is the End User License Agreement or EULA which must be accepted to continue installation. Press F8 to accept, F3 to bail out now.
  • The next screen displays the available partitions where XP can be installed. Select the one you want and here you should delete your previous OS installation by Pressing D (Delete the Partition), then Press L (totally remove the files) tap that Enter key again to move on to the screen where you select a file system. 

    It’s time for that important decision. FAT32 versus NTFS. The preferred choice is NTFS. It allows security features and stability that aren’t possible with FAT32. Apply the knowledge you gained during the preparation phase at this point. Make your choice of formatting options and press the F key to start the process. Once the format process completes the installation will continue.

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When you go to install windows xp, select the option to format drive before reinstalling.

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