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by wdplyr / December 22, 2005 10:05 PM PST

I'm selling my laptop and I've been searching and reading everything possible but I'm still a dummy. Can somebody please walk me thru Killdisk. I'm completely lost.

Or is there another program that's like Killdisk for Dummies or something?

I really need to clean this hard drive.

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I have never used it
by retired / December 23, 2005 1:33 AM PST
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by Paul C / December 23, 2005 1:38 AM PST
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We are referring to the Killdisk program available at , right?

If so, it's easy (really):

1. Install the program on a floppy.

2. Insert the floppy in the laptop and reboot.

3. When the PC reboots, ignore all prompts and let the program run. Eventually, it'll display the blue screen with the drives listed on it.

4. Select the drive you want to wipe (I assume that we're talking about only one drive as it's a laptop; make sure that you select the drive if it's partitioned into more than one partition), and press F10.

5. Go make a sandwich while the program does its thing.

After Killdisk finishes, it'll popup a window telling you that. Follow the instructions to close the program, remove the floppy and reboot. You should get the "No operating system found" message on reboot.

Hope this helps,


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I got this message too late and messed up EVERYTHING!
by wdplyr / December 23, 2005 2:22 AM PST
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I installed Killdisk on to CD but it didn't work so I left the computer on and just started Killdisk.

Everything was going fine until the screen went black and it started reading this message:

PCI Fast Ethernet Controller
PXI...: Media Test Failure, Check cable

What do I do now!?

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Seems fine to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 23, 2005 2:31 AM PST

Killdisk would erase the hard disk and those message might appear and the machine should not boot the Windows OS.

Nothing wrong from what I see.


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So I need to reinstall the OS?
by wdplyr / December 23, 2005 2:45 AM PST
In reply to: Seems fine to me.

Then everything should be fine?

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Whenever I turn the computer on
by wdplyr / December 23, 2005 2:49 AM PST

it just keeps running the same message over and over and over again. It won't stop. I can press F2 and go to BIOS but that's about it.

How do I get it to at least stop running the message? Someone recommended I go into safe mode but I can't do that if it's wiped out the OS correct?

Also if it's wiped out the OS then how do I reinstall it?

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Depends on your goal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 23, 2005 2:49 AM PST

Your killdisk goal seems to be done.


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by wdplyr / December 23, 2005 3:00 AM PST
In reply to: Depends on your goal.

You mean it's totally dead?!

I don't have a computer anymore?

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Let's see what your goal was?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 23, 2005 3:07 AM PST
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Killdisk will wipe the drive clean. That is, it won't boot to an OS since that's where the OS is.

You still have a computer, but your choice as to what OS to install.


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I was literally about to cry!
by wdplyr / December 23, 2005 3:13 AM PST

I had Win XP Pro so I just want that back.

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(NT) (NT) Just reinstall Windows XP from your CDs.
by John.Wilkinson / December 23, 2005 3:27 AM PST
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How To Install Windows XP Pro
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 23, 2005 3:39 AM PST
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Get out your XP pro CD and reinstall
by glb613 / December 24, 2005 7:09 PM PST

I sure hope you have the disk. If you have one of those computers where the operating system, drivers and factory installed software were located on the hard drive, killdisk may have wiped it out. If that is the case, you get to purchase another copy of XP.

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Any idea what the End explorer shell...
by caktus / December 26, 2005 6:37 AM PST
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while killing file is for? And does Killbox also remove associated files?

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Cactus, KillDISK Erases the Hard Drive ...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 26, 2005 8:46 AM PST

...ALL files are gone after it's done..It's a hard drive eraser that erases partitions, formatted areas, unused space, etc. while booting from a floppy disk. See the links below:

Killbox is a totally different type of tool. It's a tool for removing files that are inaccessible, either by killing the shell process (explorer) before deleting, or by setting files to be deleted on reboot.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks Griff,
by caktus / December 26, 2005 9:53 AM PST

I see I got my Kill's mixed up.

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KillDisk made Drive G disappear
by Thornblade / March 24, 2008 6:01 AM PDT
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Ran KillDisk on my backup hard drive and the thing disappeared! Of course I didn't take the time to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. My main drive is fine. I just can't "see" Drive G when I open "My Computer" I'm running XP Professonal.

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Killdisk Wiped All Partitions
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 24, 2008 7:27 AM PDT

...on the designated hard drive.. If the "G" drive was on a hard drive with other partitions, such as the C drive, then Killdisk did exactly as designed. It's gone. When you repartitioned, reformatted, and reinstalled XP, you made the choice as to which partitions to create and format and the final result may be a single "C" partition only, depending on how you did it...

On the other hand, if your "G" drive is a separate hard drive, then that's a different issue.. You'll need to explain a little more but if you've got a C drive running XP and a G drive which doesn't show up, then you'll need to format it before it will appear again. (Formatting is needed before it will show up in "My Computer".) Try checking "Disc Management" in the XP Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Computer Management/Disc Management. If you can see the drive listed there as "unknown drive" or such, you can format it from there..

Hope this helps.


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