Boot sector reformat

June 9, 2009 at 21:56:50
Specs: XP SP2
When I reformat my drive with Kill Disk it will not remove the first 7.8Gb partition Windows installs and it will not fully reformat it as it says there is a problem with two or three sectors - always the same no matter what drive for my Toshiba laptop (I use four). Seems that there is some 'calling home' information always left on the drive. Wishbone

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June 9, 2009 at 23:53:21
You cannot wipe/format a drive (partiton) while it is being used.

It sounds like you are trying to wipe the operating system while using it to run killdisc.

The proper use is to have the drive that you wish to wipe clean installed as a slave drive to the operating system that kill disc is installed on. Then remove the partition tables then use kill disc to wipe the drive and set it back up for future use.

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June 10, 2009 at 00:16:56
Were you trying to install a second Os on your computer? Then i think you can reformat it with the Cd Os installer itself.

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June 23, 2009 at 03:12:36
I boot up from a CD with KillDisk on it. I select the partition 7.8 gb and do the KILLDISK command. When it is active it indicates a corruption error in several places. Ihave to tell it to igNore to get it to proceed. The 114gb partition will work - no problem. The only way I have been able to delete this portion is to use Partition Magic and move the 7.8 partition using the 'after' command and moving it to the other endof the scale. Because of the 'errors' KillDisk will not completely kill the 7.8 gb partition. Changing it's file system from NTFS to Fat32 and back may also help. It isn't easy to get the 120 gb back. The problem is definitely repeatable.

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June 23, 2009 at 10:09:50
Why are you trying to install to a drive that is already giving you fail error messages. With the cost of drives being low the idea of using a bad drive for an OS install is not the best idea. Get a good drive and then proceed with the new install.


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June 23, 2009 at 17:14:02
During the XP install process, you have the option to delete any or ALL of the existing partitions. Do so.

Then create new, NTFS partition using the entire drive.

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June 25, 2009 at 06:43:07
The drive is a good drive. I just wanted a way to delete the Microsoft partition and the 'calling home' features put there. I do not use this business drive on the internet as a way of keeping it clean of viruses. I also use an older system just so I don't have to put it on the internet. It works great but when I wanted to use this larger drive for business work I wanted to delete that partition to avoid the constant 'you are not hooked up to the internet' reminder. I will try the suggestion by 'RichGu' as a shortcut and hope the older version of XP will delete that partition. Thanks.

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