Reformatting hard drive question

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ChgoMike, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. ChgoMike macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2010
    My 27" iMac (2.4 Intel Core 2 Duo) needs a little spring cleaning. I have been thinking about reformatting the drive once the new OS comes out and starting from scratch.

    At one point I installed XP using Parallels and I want to get rid of that partition and install of XP. I should have installed it via boot camp - my mistake. Once I reformat, I'll install Windows 7 via bootcamp.

    Anyhow... my question is whether or not I'll be able to get rid of the partition and the XP install if I reformat my HD. Is there any recommended way to go about this?

    Thanks for any input...
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    If you reformat your entire HD, it will get rid of everything on it.
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I would make a superduper clone on a low cost external hdd. I would boot with the superduper clone and call up disk utility program. I would tell the program to sevure erase the internal hdd with a zero overwrite then i would partion and reformat the internal drive the way i want.

    You then have a complete empty drive. I would then install.

    free superduper clone program below

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