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I need to zero out the hard drive - clean hard drive

By ljmorgan
Jul 5, 2008
  1. I am not really a technical person, but I have windows xp and want to zero out the hard drive and start over. I have some virus that seem to have taken over the systme, I have managed to back up everything I need from the systme.

    Can I reboot from the xp cd or do I need tomake a new boot disc

    What is the best way to wipe or zero the disc and get rid of everthing.

    I have all the disc for the software I want to load, even though I will need to do all the updates for the last couple of years.

    Please keep it as simple as possible

  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Just boot from your Xp CD, and remove the Partition then continue on to a new install

    Also Xp is now up to SP3, which includes all those lengthy individual updates over the last few years
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