how can i format HDD via internet

January 26, 2011 at 22:08:36
Specs: Windows XP
i want to format the Hard disk drive via internet. my friend is somewhere. he is not near with me but he has internet connection. so how can i solve the problem?

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#1
January 26, 2011 at 22:47:14
You cannot under any circumstances format a hard disk over the Internet. It is just not possible.

Just think if the implications if it were possible, it would be complete and total chaos.

The only way to format that hard disk is for you to go to him or for him to come to you.

Stuart


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#2
January 27, 2011 at 03:53:46
You can transfer a system disk or the format program. If you machine supports an alternate boot device (floppy, CD/DVD, or flash drive) you can download a boot disk with the required programs.

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#3
January 27, 2011 at 05:22:21
"You cannot under any circumstances format a hard disk over the Internet. It is just not possible."

You think not? What about ftp+telnet? What about VNC? What about Remote Desktop? That's just for starters.


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#4
January 27, 2011 at 06:27:01
Anything is possible using a computer but for the sake of argument (and should we really be discussing the option) we should not discuss things like this here there is nothing good that can come out of arming people with the info on how to remotely wipe a HDD. Its very possible.

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#5
January 27, 2011 at 06:56:01
You think not? What about ftp+telnet? What about VNC? What about Remote Desktop? That's just for starters.

You can certainly connect via the Internet and transfer data which all these tools are designed to do but can they actually format a hard disk. I think not. You could transfer a format tool and have it run on the remote machine but that is not formatting via the Internet.

Stuart


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#6
January 27, 2011 at 08:06:47
If I sit in my house and use Remote Desktop to format a disk on a server at work then, as far as I am concerned, that's formatting via the Internet. That's how remote support works.

That's basically what the OP was asking for. I was careful to only mention scenarios that would require the co-operation of the remote user.


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