Can I wipe a drive with no Internet?

March 18, 2011 at 19:15:40
Specs: Windows 98
I have a Compaq presario that was my dads and has been in my closet for several years. I want to wipe the drive and get rid of it but it has no Ethernet jack or mouse. Everything I try fails because I can't get online. Is there a way to just blow up the hard drive? It is not going to be used again

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#1
March 18, 2011 at 19:25:40
Do you have a Win 98 CD for it?

If you do, boot the computer from it, and when the files have finished loading, type Fdisk at the prompt, press enter, then delete the existing partitions


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#2
March 18, 2011 at 19:39:44
Get a boot floppy and then delete the partition and create one usually is good enough.

You can also get floppies to wipe the drive.

Take a hammer to it works.

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#3
March 18, 2011 at 19:41:18
I do not. I have System Mechanic but it requires a connection to activate it. At this point am I better off to just remove the hard drive and tear it up?

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#4
March 18, 2011 at 20:31:48
System mechanic is just some software utiility that uses car terms (tune up, high performance, etc.) to make you think you need to buy it. Or are you using that term to mean something else?

Anyway, do you have a floppy or cdrom to boot from or not? If you do then as already mentioned, get a 98 floppy bootdisk or cd, boot from it and run fdisk or format the drive or download a zero-fill utility on the computer you're using now and copy it to a media the compaq can use.

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#5
March 18, 2011 at 20:35:55
I do not have the disks. Thanks for the help. At this point, removing the hard drive and smashing it will be therapeutic.

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#6
March 18, 2011 at 23:50:02
I guess that's just as well if you're going to throw it out anyway but files to create a bootdisk can be downloaded for free as can simple utilities to wipe the drive.

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#7
March 19, 2011 at 00:04:47
http://www.bootdisk.com/

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#8
March 19, 2011 at 07:48:37
Use the link provided by Richard59. Download the Win98 boot disk creator, then create a Win98 boot floppy. Boot off the floppy, then run FDISK from the A:\> prompt. Use FDISK to delete all current partitioning, then recreate a single new partition using the entire disk space. Once the partition if created, reboot off the boot floppy, then run FORMAT C: from the A:\> prompt.

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