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Wipe the hard drive just want to erase everything off the computer including my peskie virus

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boot from xp cd and when asked where to install press 'd' (=delete partition) then press "L" (=confirmation) and thats it... your data are all gone by now...
next, create new partition, select "quick format" and continue the installation of XP.
this is not hard to do as xp has guided screens that will help you.

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Boot with Installation CD. If your system is still working, you can use the Toshiba harware utility to change the boot sequence to start from CD, without having to enter BIOS setup.
When set up detects the (already) installed system, it will ask you if you want to repair or install. Say Install. It will by default install in C: partition. But since there is an installation there, setup will ask you whether to reformat.Say YES and follow instructions from there.

Hope it helps.

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Hard reset

If you want to wipe the hard disk and not reinstall Windows then -
Wipe Data off Hard Disk with Darik's Boot and Nuke, (DBAN)
Create a Darik's Boot and Nuke on CD disc, then boot up the computer with this disc.

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How to Completely Erase a Hard Disk Drive

Erasing a hard drive is a step that most computer users overlook. Just simply going through your data and using the delete key in Windows does not entirely delete the data. This just simply removes the shortcuts making it not visible to the user. If a person wanted, they can easily use software to obtain the data off the hard drive.

Fun Fact
A study was done and were 158 used disk drives were collected and the data retrieved. The two students found 5,000 credit card numbers, medical reports, detailed personal and corporate financial information, and several gigabytes worth of personal e-mail and pornography on those drives.

Disk Wiping Methods

There are two common methods for erasing data. These are formatting and wiping. Formatting a hard drive will not erase the data on the disk but will delete the address tables making it more difficult for average users to see the data, however, a computer specialist who is skilled can obtain some or all of the data using tools. Disk wiping is a more effective method and basically write over the data with 1's or 0's. The more times the disk is overwritten the more secure it is.

Disk Wiping Software
There are numerous free software utilities out there that will wipe your hard drive. I will recommend two programs and briefly go over them.

Eraser - Click here for download

Eraser is a advanced security tool for Windows that will completely remove data from your hard drive. It has a simple to use interface and uses multiple wiping methods such as Peter Gutmann's paper Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory.

You can use this program to delete files, folders, recycle bin contents and even free space on a drive. Click here for a quick start guide which will give you the basics.

-You can even use Eraser to wipe your flash drive.

Darik's Boot and Nuke - Click here for download

Darik's Boot and Nuke is basically software you boot your computer into. You can load the software into a floppy disk, CD, or USB stick if supported by your computer. Once you boot into the program, you select the wiping options and it will do the work. This is an effective program and I have used it before.

In order to boot your computer to the software you will first need to load the software on the media(usb/cd/floppy) described above then insert the media into your computer. Turn off your computer and as it is booting up you want to go into your computer BIOS. Usually, it will tell you what to press to get into BIOS during the boot up process. Once inside the BIOS you will need to change your boot order so it boots to the media device first. Once done, exit the BIOS saving your changes and the computer will boot into the media and start the data wipe software.


-If you are installing a new operating system I recommend you first wipe the hard drive using the methods described above, then formatting the drive for the new operating system. If you are giving away the hard drive or computer, I would recommend you wipe the hard drive before doing so.

I hope this article was informative. Be sure to check out my other tips and tricks by clicking on my name then clicking on "Tips" under my profile.


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Good morning. I have a question regarding hard disk WD5002ABYS that's running on a Cisco DVR for surveillance (CIVS-GM-ISP12-6TB). I need to reformat all the drives on it, 12 in all. How do I that?...

you have to format your hard drive using a third party disc to erase everything on your hard drive
During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos restart
note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system
note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive
The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:
IDE0 means Pri master
IDE1 means Pri slave
IDE2 means Sec master
IDE3 means Sec slave

or if you are using a USB
insert your usb drive
click start right click on my computer select open you should see your USB drive
right click then select format
another way is to control panel administrive tools,computer management disk management right click on your drive select format
also you might use a disk wipe utility
Free Disk Wipe data cleanup and file wipe tool, that allows you to completely wipe/ remove / delete / erase a selected file(s) on most disks (floppy disks, hard disks, logical drives, etc).
Data recovery software can

Jul 14, 2011 | Western Digital WD RE3 WD5002ABYS hard...

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My Western Digital keeps asking to be formatted. I am unable to open the drive or reformat. What can I do?? I have a lot of files on this drive.

Hi, If you format the drive you will erase everything on it including your files. I would run your ant-virus you may have a virus on it. Second save all your files on a back-up disc. Then format the drive if you can. good luck.

Mar 20, 2011 | Western Digital My Book Premium ES...

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I want to erase everything on my external hard drive. How do I do this?

If you aren't sure what you're doing, bring it to a service tech or you may render that external hard drive completely useless:
Before you start cleaning make sure you back everything up onto another disk. If you are giving your computer away check with the person or organization to see if they plan on cleaning your hard drive for you. However, the best thing to do is to clean it yourself.
Download a hard drive cleaning program or go to a computer store that sells computer software and buy the program. This is the safest way to make sure the hard drive is all wiped clean. Running the software program over writes all the data on your drive, making the hard drive impossible for anyone to read. The software works by over writing the drive many times.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time in wiping your hard drive clean because if you have a lot of stuff it will take longer to clean.
Once your running your program and the box comes up to erase your hard drive don't forget that this process is irreversible. You will now type in the word format drive letter and hit confirm that you want to erase everything on your computer.
Installing a new external hard drive if you are not getting rid of your computer, is another option you have. You still go about erasing the old drive because you're getting rid of your hard drive. Install the new one.

Jan 01, 2011 | Toshiba HDDR320E04XW 320 GB USB Hard Drive

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Its running to slow and i want to clean the whole pc out as in reset as if new

You can erase everything off the computer (files, OS, etc) by downloading a program that wipes your hard drive clean. I recommend using Dukes Boot and Nuke software. It is a no-cost virus-free software that works.
Warning! It will delete your operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) Without it, you cannot use the computer.

Sep 08, 2010 | Averatec 3200 Notebook

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I had a virus so I loaded the restore disk. It erased the hard drive but now Windows won't boot because the hal.dll is bad or missing.

make sure when you load up off of the windows cd that you allow the operating system to wipe out the hard drive and then after that let it install. This way you make sure the hard drive is cleared out off all viruses and it can install without anything interfering.

If you did this and it still is coming up with a dll file missing then I would suggest trying another hard drive in the computer cause that means your hard drive has bad sectors on it.

Dec 23, 2009 | Gateway 505GR PC Desktop

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I want to remove the virus in my external portable drive because i can't open it .

if you know with file is a virusfor best result please use linux live cd to boot and there connect the drive and erase the file if not use some windows-based boot cd with tools included like for ex. hiren's boot cd then use included AV scanners to erase virus also you might use included disk tools to diagnose if there wasn't any more damage to the drive

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Will rebooting my pc end up in the hard disc drive being wiped.

not really. if you do too many hard resets on the computer it could eventually lead to hard drive failure because the seek heads are not parked before the drive is shut down. however, a few times here and there are definitely not going to wipe a hard drive.

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