Erase HDD

Discussion in 'Windows XP / Older OS' started by jdr37, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. jdr37

    jdr37 MDL Novice

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    I attempted to restore my Lenovo 3000J 7387 26U desktop to factory saettings with the Lenovo Rescue and Recovery discs (4 DVDs) I burned when I first purchased the unit. Unfornunately, after running the first disc "Recovery Start Up" I can go no further. I can't get into Windows and it will not accept the "Product Recovery" discs. All I get is "Incorrect disc" and I have not been able to get any answers fron the Lenovo support sites.
    I want to erase the HDD but understand XP dosen't like that!! How can it be done? I can access BIOS and change the start drive from HDD to D.
    Dave
     
  2. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    Why doesnt XP like that?? Just curious......
     
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  3. jdr37

    jdr37 MDL Novice

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    I'm a noob at this, but I've read that to erase the HDD in XP requires that it be donw from DOS and I have no way of getting to DOS.
     
  4. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    Everyone with a PC can get to dos with bootdisk. bootdisk.com to start with..

    You can use the XP install disc to delete partition and format the drive..You should read on the subject a bit as you will not get the results you desire otherwise...
     
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  5. jdr37

    jdr37 MDL Novice

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    I am unable to run Ultimate Boot disc. It seems the CD drive is not booting. I'm getting an error message "The file or directory \MiniNT\setupapi.log is corrupt and unreadable. Please run Chkdsk utility" which I can't do because I can't get to Windows.
    I'm really stuck!!
    Ideas??
    Dave
     
  6. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    Hi jdr37,

    If you boot from a/your WindowsXP disk, just after you accept the EULA (pressing F8)
    You'll be given the option to format any Disks or Partitions in your PC.

    Its the first part of doing a clean install.
    Which it looks like you'll have to do.
     
  7. 911medic

    911medic MDL Guru

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    Set the boot order in the bios for CD first. Then use UBCD, Killdisk, DBAN(free), or the cd and run them. There is just no reason you cannot use one of these..You can also choose boot media by pressing a function key on boot...You should not be trying to boot into windows..You have a bad copy maybe??
     
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  8. Trinket

    Trinket MDL Senior Member

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    What I always do is take the HDD out of the computer case, and place it in an earthenware jar that I place in the ground for a full lunar cycle. I then take the HDD out and I cleanse it with eucalyptus essence and bark of the red moss tree that grows native here. I then proceed to sing over each platter until the drive feels de-stressed. Before I place it back in the computer case I let it lay among some other drives for about an hour and leave them alone so they can catch up and have their social interactions. I then put it back in the case and install Windows on it.

    :p :eek:
     
  9. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    Hi Trinket,
    Should you be doing some sort of Dance, while Chanting in latin, for this method to work. :D
     
  10. Trinket

    Trinket MDL Senior Member

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    Preferably :p Methods like these are fast being forgotten. So this is why we maintain the old ways and quietly carry on the torch of traditional knowledge. One day, everyone will do this again...

    :D
     
  11. fishoil

    fishoil MDL Novice

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    I tried the bark of the red moss tree, but had seeds spiting out when loading cd's, black walnut trees work just as good.
     
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  12. jayblok

    jayblok MDL Guru

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    that is the craziest method i have ever heard of!!:roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao::roflmao:
     
  13. Rossimac

    Rossimac MDL Novice

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    I just plug a hdd into a cradle and connect to my a computer and erase it using a Mac in the Apple Store using Disk Utility!