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I'm attempting to guide a completely computer illiterate person through reformatting his C: on his XP Home Edition computer.
I started to tell him to go to his BIOS and configure it so that his ROM drive is the first thing that loads.... blah blah blah. We know the drill.
However, I know there is an easier way to just wipe the information rather than trying to guide a friend through the "intricacies" of pressing F1 until your BIOS loads....
If anyone knows a quick and painless method, then please let me know, cause I've always done it the hard and Nerdy way.
Isn't boot from CD-rom the fast and easy way to format a drive?
But hmm, might want to give PowerQuest PartitionMagic a try, but I still think the other way to do it is easier and doesn't he also need to set it to boot from CD-rom when he's going to install the next os anyway?
yeah! I have always booted from the XP cd, then deleted the c partition, then re-created it and installed Windows XP on it. I cant think of any easier and better ways to get a fresh installation
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It might just ***** up your compuer, but load command line and enter:Easiest way, though it has no support for OS bootifying.Code:Format C:/
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Well, there wasn't any easy way to talk him through it, so I finally had to go over to his house and do it the old fashioned way.
Thanks, for everyone's ideas, though.
Now, unfortunately, his cable modem won't work properly. It's only downloading at a maximum of 25kb a second, which is ridiculous.
o.o reformat again... maybe it'll fix itself
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Originally posted by UBERNOOBofCARNAGE@Oct 3 2004, 19:36
It might just ***** up your compuer, but load command line and enter:Easiest way, though it has no support for OS bootifying.Code:Format C:/[snapback]222844[/snapback]
Doesn't work on any win os newer than ME....
Get the files for a Win9x boot disk with the format utility on it. Modify the Autoexec.bat file to run format c: on start up. Send him the floppy. Of course, this will not format in a way that you should use for XP home, just quick and dirty. If you are actually installing XP Home, just select format the partition with NTFS (Quick, if it is an option) during the installation.
If you are just looking to remove data from the drive, well...the microwave works (I am joking here...please do not put it in the microwave), as does a DeWalt 24V cordless drill with a keyless chuck and a 1/4" bit...
Then again there is always fdisk. Blow away the partition. Again, if you are trying to kill the data.
The real way to get rid of data is to get a program that overwrites it repeatedly, but that can take a while.
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