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Tutorial: How to reformat your hard drive and install/reinstall Windows

By korrupt ยท 52 replies
Jul 5, 2006
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  1. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,696   +3,848

    You can try this:http://www.dban.org/ or a similar "hard drive wiper" sort of program. These contain a version of the MSDOS within the program, so will run without a working OS. (They have to, since you're clearing the drive completely). You do need to have the BIOS of the affected computer set to "boot from CD", as the 1st boot option.

    Plan "B" would be to pull the drive, and pop it into another machine, and do a FULL format.
    If the HDD in question is WD, they have available software to "zero out" a drive, which means writing zeroes to the entire drive. I think "Seagate's "Sea Tools" is similar in this capacity.

    You might be able to download a copy of any Linux distro, and do a live run of that OS from the CD drive. If you opt to "install" Linux, it will also format the entire drive for you. When you attempt to reinstall Windows, it will then overwrite the entire drive.
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  2. mine1234

    mine1234 TS Rookie

    When I am installing my windows xp on my laptop it says it doesn't not detect a hard drive what or where do I get the download to install my hard drive software
  3. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,363   +608

    You probably have a Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive and Windows XP does not recognize it because XP does not contain the necessary SATA/RAID drivers. Your laptop likely does not have a floppy drive and XP will only recognize a floppy drive to install the necessary third party SATA/RAID drivers. That leaves you with a couple of options. If your laptop's BIOS allows it, you can change the controller's mode from SATA to IDE. Then your Windows installation should proceed okay. If that isn't an option, you can burn a Windows XP slipstream CD that combines a normal Windows XP CD with the necessary SATA drivers that were missing. Google for the procedure to make a slipstream disk. There are a number of tutorials available.

    You can also try this: https://www.techspot.com/community/...-on-a-netbook-using-a-usb-flash-drive.160906/

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