reformat slave drive

February 10, 2010 at 06:54:03
Specs: Windows XP, 2gb
My computer hd with xp crashed hard, and I could neither recover nor reformat using windows or my recovery cd, I finally said the heck with it and intstalled a new but smaller hd and used my rescue cd to reinstall xp and then downloaded all the updates. I now wish to format my original hd down to completely clean and install it as a slave. While it was installed, I tried dariks and a few others while it was still installed as primary, but they all gave up. If I put it in as a slave, will the xp on the new disc be able to wipe the old? thanks, ed mansfield

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February 10, 2010 at 07:08:05
You could install it as a slave drive and see what you can pull off of it. You may be able to recover some data. Chances are if it wasn't recognized before the new installation, it may not function now. It's worth a shot. If you're concerned about someone being able to access the data before you trash it, use a sledge hammer on it and be at peace :)))

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February 10, 2010 at 07:33:18
I simply would like to reuse it.. I think windows was corrupted, and I've given up on what ever was on there, so I just want another drive laying around to use

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February 10, 2010 at 07:55:29
You'll never know until you try it. Once it's hooked up and if it is identified, you can download a diagnostics cd from the manufacturer to analyze it.

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