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Need to COMPLETELY scrub my HDD - how?

Discussion in 'Storage' started by kyle2020, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. kyle2020 Guest

    Right, i have a partition on my hard drive thats gone sour and i want to re size all my partitions anyway - what can i do to take my harddrive back to as if it where brand new? Is there a programme i can use / burn to a disc?

    Please help!
     
  2. lucasweir

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    just go to my computer right click and select format!

    or in vista go to start->right click my computer-> Manage -> then storage and you can do loads of stuff
     
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    Frick Fishfaced Nincompoop

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    Gparted is awesome. Burn it to a disc and boot from it.
     
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    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

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  5. kyle2020 Guest

    Im sure that wont work lucas :wtf:
     
  6. kyle2020 Guest

    Doesnt Gparted let you also do HFS partitions for mac?

    Solaris, thats just what i need haha. Free cookies! :D
     
  7. kyle2020 Guest

    already tried your second suggestion mate, thats why im having to go to extremes.
     
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    erocker Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Right click "My Computer" -->Manage --> Disk Management --> Right click the drive and format.
     
  9. kyle2020 Guest

    would this work for the entire disc? all 500GB of it?
     
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    Yes it should.
     
  11. kyle2020 Guest

    wont let me do it. Going to try this dban thing, if i dont reply for a few hours you know its worked haha.
     
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    Boot and Nuke is awesome and easy. I always do the FBI one, takes forever but I prefer assurance that the job is done.
     
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  13. kyle2020 Guest

    Its not that what i have on here is bad and needs to be got rid of, i just want to get rid of these bloody partitions.

    Still, always nice to have peace of mind haha. Have you ever used it off a flash drive? Thats what ill be doing, hope it works!
     
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    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

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    it will prob work and dban is awsome i can garentee you it will do what you want...just select the whole drive it will auto select all partitions and then you just wipe when you boot back into windows the HDD wont even have a filing system like coming off the factory floor.
     
  16. kyle2020 Guest

    wait - wont it get rid of my OS? do you mean boot into windows install?
     
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    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

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    no you boot it from a disk and tell it what harddrive to wipe after its done wiping whatever drive you tell it to (or partition) when you boot back up you just format it for ntfs. say you have 1HDD with os and partitions but you dont want the os gone you just select the partitions you want deleted :)
     
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    that will do it it scrubs stuff clean
     
  20. kyle2020 Guest

    woo! thats just what i wanted to hear haha, ill delete all but my 50GB OS partition, that way i can skip half an hour of vista install! :D
     
  21. kyle2020 Guest

    Alright, i burnt the dban thing to a disc, however it keeps ending with "dban finished with non - fatal errors" and nothing is wiped. Why is it doing this? Is my hard drive knackered? what frustrating me is that i can see the 150GB partition in disc management, i just cant format it :banghead:
     
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    hmmm it might be that the HDD has to many bad sectors try selecting the whole disk (little * should appear next to every partiton) then deselct the partitions you dont want wiped and try it then instead of just selecting the partitions you want to wipe. if you tried one of these methodes try the vise versa
     
  23. kyle2020 Guest

    when i booted onto dban solaris i just selected autonuke, then i tried noverify and then on the interactive bit, and at no point could i select a partition?
     
  24. kyle2020 Guest

    WTF?!?!?!?!?!!?

    I JUST WENT INTO DISC MANAGEMENT AS A LAST DITCH ATTEMPT AT FORMATTING IT THAT WAY, AND IT WORKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yes, i unleashed the caps lock fury. lol.

    Free cookies for everyone! :D:D:D
     

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