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Formatting hard disk

I want to remove my xp completely from my hard disk , how can i ? whats the procedure to go in ms.dos when System starts from the beginning where i can format c dirve by following command format c:/q

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    Lee Hodgson May 11, 2010

    Hi there.
    Are you wanting to reinstall an operating system or do you want an empty drive or format a storage or slave drive?


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Caution: Formatting will cause you to lose your operating system and ANY OTHER DATA THAT IS ON THE DRIVE INCLUDING FILES, PICTURES, AND OTHER APPLICATIONS WHICH HAVE BEEN INSTALLED. It does not just remove the operating system.

I would only recommend completely formatting the disk if you plan on starting over and would like to use this computer for something else (install a different type of operating system or give the machine to someone else). If there is a problem you are trying to fix, you may wish to post details on that and I'll try to give you a hand.

That being said :-)

I would suggest formatting from the recovery console. Insert the XP CD, select any option required to boot from the CD. Follow the prompts and select the recover option by pressing R.

At any time you can type Help for a list of available commands.

Take a look at what drive you want to format and type
format c: (or other drive)

Alternatively, you can use a program like knoppix to boot from and format the drive, although support for NTFS may not be as complete. If you wish to change the partition table around, you should use a program like fdisk in knoppix or DISKPART in the recovery console. There's some more information at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

Also, keep in mind that, if you are giving this computer away and want to protect sensitive information, formatting may not be enough. You would be best to use a specialized program designed to recursively write 1's, 0's, then random bits to the drive to reduce the chance of recovering the data.

Hope this helps - Flub

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The easiest way is use your XP installation cd and boot from that. At the beginning of the installation process you can format the drive. If you are not re-installing simply remove the cd and you are done.

You can also use a Bootable floppy disc or cd, which you can make if you don't have one. Boot with that to a command prompt and type format <driveletter>:

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Do you want to leave the drive completely empty with no chance of recovering any files?

this program will wipe your hard drives
http://www.dban.org/

Posted on Jun 02, 2009

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