How to delete everything on a partition

October 7, 2011 at 01:39:09
Specs: Windows XP HomeXP3, Pentium 4 and 1.5gb
In the process of doing a clean installation, how do I make sure that all partitions are truely empty as in EMPTY!!

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#1
October 7, 2011 at 02:42:59
Delete the partition(s), Recreate them, then reformat them. If you are paranoid do a zero format.

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#2
October 7, 2011 at 12:05:57
I always delete partitions before a re-install. I've had problems in the past with XP leaving remnants on the partition after formatting.

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#3
October 9, 2011 at 12:28:49
I was told that when you re-install Win XP you should select the "slow" format to the "quick one. That will erase all remnants of the previous partition. Is this true?

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#4
October 9, 2011 at 14:30:13
slow erases more than fast, but still leaves the partition table and master boot record.

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