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« on: December 28, 2005, 05:53:46 AM »

hello, i want to completely wipe out my pc's hdd and do a clean install of xp. ive read several how-to articles on the web but they all really complicated. i just want simple instructions how to reformat the hdd, specifically i want to know if i need some kind of bootdisk to get the job done.  or will booting my xp cd straight from the cd-rom and performing a clean install wipe the hdd completely so i dont have to do any funny business? im very computer savy but this is the first time im gonna reinstall xp, any help would be most appreciated. thanks in advanced!!!
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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2005, 01:47:55 PM »

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or will booting my xp cd straight from the cd-rom and performing a clean install wipe the hdd completely
Yes, that will do the trick. As long as you don't choose any of the Repair options.

Or just follow the step by step manual here
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2006, 12:00:41 AM »

Get Acronis Drive Cleaner, make a boot disk with it then reboot your computer with the Acronis Boot Disk in the cdrom, it will give you different options on how many passes you want with your format.  The default is a four pass format, giving it a proper, clean format, which using the XP disk will not
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2006, 01:42:47 AM »

I have formatted and replaced several pc from win98 to win xp pro,,I use win98 floppy start up disc and type in "format c: /s" it wipes the hd clean then I boot with win xp pro cd and install (as long as the necessary boot order is correct in the bios) ex floppy,cd,hd
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