Erase HD via BIOS

Hewlett-packard / S7520n
February 7, 2010 at 13:28:00
Specs: Windows XP
I have been told that I can wipe the HD via BIOS, how? I
access the boot menu with Ctrl+alt+ESC but do not
know what to do next. I need the "For Dummies"
explaination.

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#1
February 7, 2010 at 14:12:05
You used to be able to erase a hard disk from the BIOS by doing a low level format but that was before the days of IDE drives. Despite what people think, you cannot do a low level format on an IDE drive. Low level formatting is done by the manufacturer.

Therefore in order to erase the drive you need some external software and that then means booting from a source other than the the hard disk.

Stuart


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#2
February 7, 2010 at 14:34:01
The use of software is the conclusion I have been ending up
with time and time again. i ended up buying a new HDD and it
was there the sales guy mentioned erasing from the Bios...just
thought I would try again... Thanks

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#3
February 7, 2010 at 14:40:47
Might also depend on how smart your bios is. Some are small os's. To be sure read up on the owners manual. I'd be surprised if it does format a drive but could happen.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#4
February 7, 2010 at 15:23:16
I doubt very much if a BIOS has any drive formatting facilities. Formatting is Operating System dependant. To have formatting facilities within the BIOS it must be capable for formatting for every Operating System the computer is likely to be loaded with, otherwise it would just be a waste of space.

Stuart


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