reformatting properly?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by DFX, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

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    i remember on the old forum, i was told a program that completely wiped your hard drive. so everything was erased properly - sort of like a reformat but so your drive is brand new?

    does anyone have the name to hand?

    also another thing i need to know. if i have partitioned my drive, is it possible to just erase C and not X? i know its possible doing it from the xp cd, but is it on this program?
     
  2. ElementalDragon

    ElementalDragon The One and Only

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    DFX, i don't know of a program to do it, but i believe you're looking for a Low-Level Format, in which case i do not believe that it would be possible to just format a certain partition.
     
  3. Gus K

    Gus K NTFS abuser

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  4. CHiLLaXen

    CHiLLaXen hypnotika

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    if your using XP, just right-click "my comuputer" then go to disk management. You will see each drive and how its partitioned. right click the partition you want to format, "un-check" quick format then click format. This will write zeros to that part of the partition. Doing a quick format will just erase the "table of contents." The only way (I might be wrong) to get your hard drive "brand new" is to do a low level format, but it will erase the whole disk.