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Need to scrub hard drive

I have an older HP pentium 2 computer, it runs on windows 98. it has an aftermarket western digital hard drive. when i got this computer it wouldn't boot up and still won't. i got a little more info on this computer and in the past it has had some viruses and in my mind the best way to deal with this situation is to scrub the drive and re-install windows 98 to start from scratch. but my problem is that it won't boot up so i have no way to scrub the drive. what should i do?

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    Mr-Sticky May 11, 2010

    if you could somehow "scrub" the HD, how were you planning on installing windows on a dead machine?

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Download CDENAB.exe from support.dell.com (it creates a bootable floppy diskette) then boot to the floppy, and run the debug script listed here:

From the A:\> prompt, type the following commands and press the <Enter> key after each command:

NOTICE: Performing the following will remove all data from your hard disk drive.


NOTE: Type the bolded text only (the debug prompt is a dash). You will receive an error if you type anything other than the bold text. The non-bolded text represents the system response that will appear after typing each command and press the <Enter> key.


debug
-F 200 L1000 0
-A CS:100
xxxx:0100 MOV AX,301
xxxx:0103 MOV BX,200
xxxx:0106 MOV CX,1
xxxx:0109 MOV DX,80


NOTE: Type 80 for the Main hard drive - HD 0, or type 81 for the Second hard drive - HD 1.


xxxx:010C INT 13
xxxx:010E INT 20
xxxx:0110 (Leave this line blank and press the <Enter> key)
-G


The message, Program terminated normally, appears. Turn off the computer by pressing the power button.
On the next startup the hard drive must be partitioned and formatted.

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