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  1. #1

    Another dumb question...

    How do I completely erase my hard-drive so I can completely start from scratch when installing a new OS?

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    When you go to install another OS, you'll be given the opportunity to partition the drive and it will be formatted during the process if you choose that option.

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    Linux User oosterhouse's Avatar
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    Jan 2006
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Or, if you have a livecd of linux and you can get back on your computer to install linux, just right click on c:\ and click 'format'. I believe that works, I have never erased my harddrive on purpose, but like Ozar said, the guide in the installation of your linux distribution should include a partition manager that will allow you to not create any partitions and then that will obviously erase your other stuff and install over it.

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    Linux Newbie ryptyde's Avatar
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    Apr 2005
    Tragic City Michigan USA
    Google "Dariks Boot n Nuke",I've used it to wipe drives and re-install OS's.

    Remember once it's gone-it's gone there's no getting the data back.Back up your data you wish to keep and have at it.

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