Erase HardDrive

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Benjamindaines, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030

    Benjamindaines

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    #1
    Pardon this being in the wrong spot but it's about PCs so I'll just stick it in here. Is there anything I can download and burn to a disk, then boot my PC from the disc, and use that to erase my hard drive? I know you used to be able to use floppy discs to boot into DOS and then run fdisk, but my PC doesn't have a floppy drive. I have tried Linux (that's actually what I'm trying to get off) but the sudo -rm / doesn't work because it spits out an error saying it can't delete due to it being a directory. Right now I have Linux completely removed except the boot loader. With the boot loader on there I can't boot from my Windows install disk to wipe the hard drive from there. What do you recommend?

    ps I typed this fast and haven't proof read it so it might not make total sense so bare with me please.

    --Cheers
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #2
    Technically, it's sudo -rm -rf /.. but I don't think that's going to accomplish what you want.

    Why can't you boot from the Windows CD?

    I recommend asking on a Windows forum? ;)
     
  3. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

    UKnjb

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    #3
    Don't know anything about Linux, but can you not change the boot order in your Bios (maybe disabling the HD as a boot device?), so that it only looks for the CD to boot from, and then do a clean install from your Windows disk?
    Sorry if this is a stupid suggestion.
    And good luck. :)
     

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