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    format ext3 20h?

    I try to format my harddisk with gparted as ext3. It last now 20h. Is this possible? My laptop is a HP pavilion dv8391 with a fujitsu hd MHV2100BH. (ata)

    How is it possible to format low level, so that I get rid of the stupid windows XP revovery version? Is gparted doing low level format? How can I clean my disk incl. mbr to install linux from scratch?

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    Linux User ImNeat's Avatar
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    Feb 2006
    N. America
    If you boot from a Linux CD and follow a normal install - your hard disk should get completely overwritten without problem, and you can choose a bootloader like grub or lilo to overwrite your mbr.

    Otherwise just use gparted to erase all current partitions - then install on a clean hard drive. I don't think gparted can overwrite an mbr though...
    10" Sony Vaio SRX99P 850MHz P3-M 256MB RAM 20GB HD : ArchLinux
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