Solved How do I erase the hard drive on a Hyundai Super LT3?

May 3, 2017 at 15:04:39
Specs: DOS?, ?
I want to erase the hard drive on a Hyundai Super LT3 in order to give it away. I can't get into the machine. No floppy disk will work.

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May 3, 2017 at 21:31:48
That looks to be an old 286 laptop, originally with dos 3.3 and windows 2.11.

You're going to have to boot from the floppy drive in order to run any utility that will erase the hard drive. You say 'no floppy disk will work'. Well you'll need a bootable dos disk--just any disk won't work. Then you can run FDISK and remove the hard drive partition. That will make the drive unusable. Or, if for some reason you're reallly worried about what's on that 20 meg drive you can always run a zero fill utility that will write all zeros to the drive.

If you can't boot a good disk on that floppy drive then the drive may be bad or at least need a good cleaning.

But since it's an antique you may want to consider just deleting whatever you think is necessary and leave it as a working unit.

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May 5, 2017 at 16:40:03
Yes, I agree that not everything should be erased. I meant erasing my old stuff.

By a good disk, what do you mean? I've used a DOS diskette and the drive will not read it. How do I clean the drive if that is what's wrong with it?

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May 7, 2017 at 19:34:35
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With a floppy drive I could remove I'd take its cover off, blow out the dust balls with compressed air, maybe put a tiny bit of grease on the drive gear and clean the read/write heads with windex. On a laptop you may just be able to shoot some compressed air in from the front.

I've seen a bad floppy drive ruin a good bootdisk after one attempt. If there is a problem with the drive it's possible the disk is now bad. You may want to attempt a boot with it on another computer.

But all that doesn't matter if you're not erasing the entire drive. Just boot normally from the hard drive and use existing dos commands such as DEL (to delete files) and RD (to remove empty directories). Of course you'll need some familiarity with Dos to use the commands correctly.

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