Whappo and imkidd57 are correct…
[QUOTE=peck1234;2156450] This is the only way to successfully completely reformat a hard drive with xp operating system…
Boot from OEM windows xp cd, go to command prompt, hit “1” first so it allows you to type, then type Format C:
Sorry peck, this is not wholly accurate. There are methods to “wipe out” a system hdd [c:] currently running XP and without the XP cd.
One such utility is:
I’ve used this little gem a few times with great success. Twice, I’ve recovered drives that were [I]dead in the water[/I]…or so I thought.
They made noise when powered up and that was it…unrecognized by the bios, etc…
The freeware version is basically a watered-down version of a DoD (Dept of Defense) data destruction utility.
From the homepage:
[I]“This is security software for unrecoverable data elimination for any computer capable of booting in DOS mode from floppy drive. It uses access to the driveâ€™s data on a physical level via BIOS bypassing logical drive structure organization, thus it does not matter what operating systems and file systems located on the machine.”[/I]
You can also make a bootable cd, so folks without the old floppy drives can use this.
It’ll write 1 pass 0’s throughout.
It’s a great little utility, but be forewarned. There’s no hope of data recovery here.