Solved easiest method to format C: on Windows XP

March 7, 2014 at 01:53:23
Specs: XP sp3, x86
I'm looking for an EASY method to format all my drives, including drive C on my Windows XP. I do not own the corporate copy of this Windows, so legally spoken I do not have the installation nor any other CD/DVD disc that has installed this installation. I do have my own copy of XP CD/DVD, for usage on other computers.

Basically, I'm needing something to format the C drive, outside of Windows.

I managed to boot my computer from USB drive, but I ended up with something DOS, but one that doesn't carry any FORMAT, which is pretty useless. Also, it seemed pretty hardcore to actually find out how to reach my Windows pysical disk. I may format any disk, no problem there (I also have D drive). AFAIK, C and D are partitions of 1 physical HD, there's no other one. The D drive was already formatted in Windows itself.

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#1
March 7, 2014 at 02:57:15
You can use the WinXP installation CD for that, when using custom installation.

When drives are formated, simply cancle the installation or install XP newly.

Whatever you want.


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#2
March 7, 2014 at 04:52:06
Just boot off the XP disk, format the C drive, then cancel out of the Windows installation. Otherwise, there are dozens of different disks or software you can use. Did you try the HDD manufacturer's website? How about the UBCD? << That's a disk you should have in your PC repair "arsenal" anyway.

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/downl...


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#3
March 7, 2014 at 08:25:32
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If you're looking for a secure wipe of data, just formatting won't cut it. You'd have to go with something like DBAN

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#4
March 7, 2014 at 10:26:27
DBAN is just one of the many programs on UBCD, here's a list:

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/index...


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#5
March 8, 2014 at 11:05:52
Yes, I actually want to swipe my disks, not formatting, but at this point I'm already happy if I manage to format my C drive.

I tried BartPE, and that failed at step 1

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#6
March 8, 2014 at 11:08:58
That's nice, but this is sort of why I ask the question here : instead of re-inventing the wheel again, who KNOWS of a tool that actually performs this task on a Windows XP ? Why does it always have to be that hard ? I guess in 2014 somebody should have come up with a tool or procedure that actually works, instead of a list of tools that does something in that area, but find out yourself which one, how, and what errors it produces. Actually, I would expect something like that from MS itself, but they suck on service.

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#7
March 9, 2014 at 15:12:52
There are tools that work. You need to learn how to use them. You haven't explained what exactly you wish to accomplish. If you are getting rid of the computer then the safest thing to do is to remove the hard drive. You can either reuse it yourself, or destroy it with a hammer.

Be sure you have backed up any files you may need in the future. I can pretty much guarantee you have something on there that you want to keep. Photos, for instance.


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#8
April 8, 2014 at 15:52:25
Part of it is to keep n00bs out of screwing up their hard drives. If formatting were a single red button in the middle of the screen that yelled 'FORMAT HERE' then there'd be plenty of support calls about lost data.

At any rate, the Windows XP install disk has a built-in disk management utility for partitioning and formatting your drive before you install. Depending on what you want to do, you can run the install utility (boot from CD), and completely reformat your disk, then either complete the installation or shut the computer off before it starts copying files, and you have a nice, neatly formatted HDD.

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