How do I wipe a NTFS hard drive file system?

@bjskid (322)
United States
February 4, 2007 2:50pm CST
I need to wipe my whole hard drive clean as can be. My whole system is corrupted and I need to start over from scratch.
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@merkava (1225)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
Do you want to refromat the entire hardrive or is it in partition like drive c: drive d:? If it's in partition that very easy. I recommend you use this software called partition magic. It can erase your corrupted partition and can even change your hardrive format like ntfs to fat32 and vice versa on the spot with no problems.
@lucgeta (925)
• France
11 Jan 08
partition magic would be my choice too, excellent program to have always in a floppy disk nearby.
@lameran (1148)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 07
to wipe out all the system on your ntfs system you may use FDISK, first you need to restart your system on msdos command prompt, not the CMD under windows (command dos prompt), but real dos prompt, you allreay know it how to do it don't you? use f8 while your system is trying to boot at first time, than you will go in option and choose for msdospropt, or you may use cdbootable win98, and choose boot with cdrom support. after getting in msdospropt type fdisk, and there is some option, choose to delete the logical, etc (delete it all), but don't make mistake delete the wrong harddisk (if you have more than one harddisk attached to your computer). after deleting all system, if you want to use another fat setting (fat 32, or fat 16, you may create again your partition using fdisk also), if you still want to back using ntfs format, than restart again your computer and boot using winxp cd, and make a ntfs from that cd, at the same time you also can install your windows xp operating system. Hope this little help you.
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@iwyrobi (282)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 07
if you want to clean up your hard drive you can choose this 2 option. first is reformatting your hard drive, and second is repartitioning your hard drive. both of this method will make your data loss. so if you can access your hard drive. back up all off your data first.
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• Romania
5 Feb 07
You didn't give to many details, like what are the problems and if you tried to repair them, what OS do you have or want to install from now on... Why don't you try to install your new OS (say Windows XP, if your hardware configuration is up to it), having an option to format your HDD both - Fat32 or NTFS.
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@huanghaozi (1474)
• Egypt
10 Feb 07
To wipe all data and make sure nothing can be retrieved, you will have to format the drive several times - I believe its seven times if you want to be absolutely certain that its wiped clean, and that no one can retrieve any data from the drive. Have a look for hard drive erasers on download.com or tucows.com. If you wish to just reformat and reinstall, lets assume its Windows XP that you are reinstalling since you didn't say: 1. Put Windows XP into your CD-ROM, reboot your machine. If your machine doesn't boot from the CD-ROM drive, you need to change some settings in BIOS. Reset the machine again, tap DELETE or F1 to get into your BIOS setup. Change your boot priority to include your CD-ROM drive before the hard disk. Save and reboot machine into Windows XP CD-ROM. 2. When the installation disk finishes booting, follow the instructions from there to reformat your hard disk and reinstall windows.
@bjskid (322)
• United States
10 Feb 07
It's really works! Thanks so so so much!
@datir1 (503)
• India
10 Feb 07
use dm utility for wiping or first use format simply