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Is there a particular XP installatiion procedure that ensures a complete wipe of the hard drive (no viruses)? I know there used to be something called fdisk but don't know if there still is.

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  • roncink Jun 01, 2010

    yes, i hope so, thanks



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yes, there is still fdisk, but you need a startup disk to be able to use fdisk. fdisk is a command and you need to know to use command prompt to be able to use fdisk.

Also, you can wipe of your hard drive in the process of installing windows xp. While installing the windows, you will first get to an option where you will be asked to save the files on our hard drive, choose don't save, and secondly, you will see an option where you will be asked to format your hard drive, once you select the formatting option, all the files on your hard drive will be completely wiped off and new xp files will be installed.

So, its not necessary to use fdisk, installing windows xp will also wipe off the files on your hard drive because there will be an option where you will be asked to format the hard disk and once this is done, the hard drive will be wiped off.

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