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Getting rid of OS on hard drive?

by badgerwood / October 24, 2005 1:55 AM PDT

I bought an external enclosure for an extra hard drive and can't figure out how to get the Win Xp OS off of it.
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If it is...
by jackintucson / October 24, 2005 2:24 AM PDT

an "extra" drive as you say, you can afford to loose all the data on it...reformat it. Right click on the drive in Windows Explorer. You'll see the option to "format" it. Make sure you select the proper file formats (ie..NTFS, FAT32).

and life goes on...


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Try this...
by Willy / October 24, 2005 2:34 AM PDT

Deal with the spare HD directly. That means, having only that HD present and out of the enclosure and mounted via cables to a spare system or current system. Disconnect any other HD and "solely" deal with the required HD. Once setup, using the XP install CD or this pgm. "KILLDISK" reformat or wipe out the HD. If using the XP CD, boot-up from CD and when prompted do a reformat. If using the KILLDISK pgm. use it and delete all data(wipe out). After such use, continue to partition and/or reset for OS use, use the XP CD to reformat as a secondary step or any other windoze OS. Though you may want to partition first to the use required. Your HD maker should have provided either with thier product via thier support website any s/w to ready the HD for re-use after a fomat, etc., plus any help guide. All HD makers provide such and is free for d/l if you don't have it and/or an updated version. Just be sure you get the same for the same maker HD, you can't cross-use various vendor s/w, they support only thier products.

for Killdisk source use http://www.killdisk.com and follow thier prompts for d/l.

tada -----Willy Happy

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by badgerwood / October 24, 2005 6:23 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this...

Why does the HD I want to clean up have to be out of the enclosure to use killdisk?

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Safety measure
by Willy / October 24, 2005 8:42 AM PDT
In reply to: question

Under KILLDISK it deals only with one HD period using the freeware version of thier s/w. Plus, the added protection of having one HD present, will defeat boo-boos should you error and start deleting any other HD present, that's just a safeguard to eliminate that possibilty. I hope that's clear.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Another solution
by chuckieu / October 25, 2005 6:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Safety measure

Download a free program called Dban (Derik's Boot and Nuke). I have used it for several years to wipe whole drives or individual partitions, both Windows and Linux.
http://dban.sourceforge.net/ Hope this helps. chuck

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