complete HD wipe

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by RobbieSan, Oct 18, 2002.

  1. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    hey gang.. what is a good program to use on a floppy that will do an unconditional wipe of a HD?

    the reason I ask is that a while ago I got infected with a virus or something weird happened where tehre are a number of FAT, NTFS, or Linux partitions some small some large as far as size reports go.. I want to compeltely wipe this HD.. can anyone recommend a simple program to do this that will fit on a floppy?
     
  2. the_tazinator

    the_tazinator Are we there yet?

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    fdisk, it is on any Win 9x/ME boot disk.
     
  3. RobbieSan

    RobbieSan Guest

    nope, I tried that.. need to completely wipe the drive not play with partitions.. I did use Fdisk originally and wiped out the partitions and rebuilt them.. after that and full format the stuff I need to get rid of is still there.. I need something that simply wipes/overwrites every single piece of info.. thanks for the response all the same taz.. btw, what is she riding?
     
  4. phishhead

    phishhead OSNN Senior Addict

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    do the fdisk and then make the partitions and then use the fdisk /mbr then format...try that
     
  5. the_tazinator

    the_tazinator Are we there yet?

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    What kind of stuff is going on with the hard drive? Could it be a physical problem with the drive? Have you tried any disk diag. tools from the manufacture?

    btw.... I will never tell :D
     
  6. SickBoi

    SickBoi Kicker of Elves

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    a huge magnet.. muhaha
     
  7. scriptasylum

    scriptasylum Moderator

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    You might be able to "low-level" format the drive. This type of format is much deeper than fdisk or normal format. I would go to the manufacturer's website or support and see if they have a program that will do that. I think you can use a low-level format program from a different drive manufacturer, but cannot be sure.
     
  8. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    "fdisk /MBR" will fix any problems with the Master Boot Record (cleaning some viruses needs this).