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Erasing Old Hard drives

by leeway67 / March 28, 2005 11:06 AM PST

I have a couple of old hard drives that I would like to erase and re-install windows xp on them. I don't have any information on the hard drives that needs to be saved. How do I go about formatting the hard drive to it's original clean slate?

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if re-install
by PudgyOne / March 28, 2005 1:56 PM PST

If you are just going to re-install Windows XP on the hard drives, then use the format and recover option. It will re-format your dard drive erasing everything then it will install Windows XP on it.

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XP will do that for you
by glb613 / March 28, 2005 7:38 PM PST

when installing the operating system. But be advised, you can only install XP on one machine at a time. In other words, you can't buy one XP CD and put it on several machines unless you pay for additional licenses.

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