Skip to comments.Help Wiping Out XP Partition
Posted on 01/05/2014 10:53:23 AM PST by Mean Daddy
I have an old Windows XP machine that I want to do a low level format to wipe out all the data. Downloaded Disk Wipe, but everytime I run it, it states the partition is in use.
My assumption is I need to create a bootable USB with the application but haven't had any luck.
Any and all insight is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Sh!tcan your machine and get something that does not run Windows.
If you are going to install a newer version of Windows from disk, it can format the entire drive.
Also, there are numerous ‘free’ tools. Google ‘freeware remove partition’.
Take it to the range.
I’d boot to a ‘Live CD’ of some kind. There are many to choose from. List the partitions, delete the ones you want gone, and just format the disk. It’s not a total ‘wipe’, but unless you have some sort of super sensitive data, who cares. (if that was the case, I’d physically destroy the drive unless I intended to reuse it)
I bought a new Dell laptop with Windows 8 on it for $240. (don’t listen to the windows 8 haters... its okay). You’ll be way ahead to replace the old machine. You can’t beat the price.
If you want to erase all your data thouroughly then you need to boot from another deivce. If you want to install another OS on the same system then the boot disk of the new OS should have the utility for the deletion/creation of partitions.
Like a machine that runs windows and install linux on it. :)
Go with the Live CD, Windows Boot/Install, or if your have another PC that can handle it, move over and format it there.
If you have any friends that might loan you a Rosewill adapter...
Even though a partition is deleted, the data still exists. You need an app that fills as if formats.
Does a regular windows or linux format do this? An old version of PC tools that I had did this.
Its an old xp machine. Buy some new windows machine that fits your need. Spend $30 bucks on an enclosure and install the old hard drive from the old machine in the enclosure. Your new machine will be able to usb and read all of the files on your old machine like it was an external hard drive bought for that purpose. Put the enclosure in a safe place for safe keeping... and then enjoy the new machine. You’ll be way ahead.
I agree - the win haters are unusually vocal these days. I sold an iPad and a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to buy my Lenovo Yoga. SSD disk so it starts up (almost) instantly. Tablet when I want it. PC/Keyboard to do real work. No complaints - no crashes - no frustration. Everything just works. Battery lasts like a tablet.
You can get that here: http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator.
I would recommend at the very least that you put
You can cleanup the partition after booting the stick with gpartd. If your USB is 16GB or greater, you can also add your Windows installation CD to the USB stick, and do your Windows installation from it as well. It will be much faster than installing from the CD.
I see brain-dead people...
Thanks everyone. My goal is to wipe out the hard drive and throw it away. I don’t want there to be a chance that someone could retrieve anything off of it.
Newer versions of windows format do allow multi pass/write zero formats. You need to know the command line switches.
Diskwipe does need a bootable usb drive which would allow exclusive access to the hard drive partion but the PC must have the USB boot capability enabled in the BIOS. Does he have a bootable partition installed on a USB device?
Can you take it to the range and make permanent design modifications with lead and a 9mm? :-)...
in that case, plug it with a couple of .45 rounds...serious
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