Wiping and reinstalling OS

November 20, 2007 at 18:01:40
Specs: XP, 2 Ghz
Hi all,

I have an older IBM desktop PC that has two partitions installed: One contains my usable Windows XP operating system, the other contains a partition that IBM includes which will reinstall XP for me. I want to reinstall XP using that recovery partition before i give the computer away. BUT, before I do that, I want to completely wipe the XP partition, completely NSA, DoD, whatever, certified wipe that randomizes the partition and overwrites any data on that partition. Then, I want to reinstall the OS, which will be on the old partition that is now wiped over.

I've seen software like Darik's Boot and Nuke which will wipe total, complete hard drives clean. I need some software that will only write over/shred that one partition - I need the other partition to reinstall XP. Does this make sense? Does anyone know of any GNU software that I can download and boot from the CD to do this?

Thanks!


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#1
November 20, 2007 at 18:14:26
I am not sure any of the utilities will not also wipe the hidden partition. When wiping a drive all partitioning is also destroyed so there is no division between the partitions. I don't know if that restore partition could be cloned and then restored after a DOD wipe. You might go to a forum at IBM and ask.

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#2
November 20, 2007 at 18:15:37
Killdisk says it does partition wiping - though not sure if free version supports it - I've only used it for complete disks. Have a look - http://www.killdisk.com/erasepartit...

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#3
November 20, 2007 at 18:17:10
I don't know of any free software that can do as you describe. It may be a moot point anyway. Most "restore to factory defaults" setup are not installs per say but reimages. This means the ibm partition contains an image file that is then used to overwrite anything on the OS partition.

This is like format but on steriods. Every cluster is rewritten as well as the MFT/FAT.

You could gain the same results with a wipe program by just repeatedly reimaging the OS

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November 20, 2007 at 18:20:11

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November 20, 2007 at 18:25:27
Thanks for the help everyone, I'll take a look and see if the recovery partition will actually "reimage" the whole partition as oppossed to simply formating and reinstalling. I would all my old data to be unrecoverable before I give the PC to someone else's possession.

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