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Old 23. Jul 2009, 09:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to wipe a hard disk on a new Vista laptop and install XP.

I have an XP CD. The laptop has no floppy.

How can I wipe the hard disk using a CD. Before, I have only done this with FDISK off a floppy.

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Old 23. Jul 2009, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If the laptop had Vista pre-installed on it, and if you now want to install WinXP, then please note, that it may be a problem finding all the drivers, to make your hardware work properly. So, please plan accordingly.

Note your system specifications, with a system information software like SIW, or FreshDiagnose, or Belarc Advisor, or other such programs.
Then, download the drivers for the hardware like video card, audio card, network driver, motherboard chipset installation... and other things. You will have to download these, in case you do not have the driver CD that came with the laptop, or in case, the drivers only work with Vista.
If in doubt, search on the internet, whether XP will work with the configuration you have or not.

Make sure, that you have the Vista disks with you, that may have come with the laptop... in case the installation of WinXP is not successful, and you have to reinstall Vista again.

Backup all your important data on the hard disk, giving time to check thoroughly, and backup everything that you want.

So, if you want to go ahead with the clean install of WinXP with the XP disk, please have a look at these links:

http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

http://www.petri.co.il/install_windows_xp_pro.htm

Please go through the links. The procedure is self-explanatory, but still, if you have any questions, ask here, someone will help you.

Be careful, you have been warned.
Good luck .
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Oh, and the option to format(wipe) the hard disk will be provided, in the installation procedure .
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Old 23. Jul 2009, 10:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for this useful info. I will work through it.

However there does not seem to be any reference to wiping the disk, only adding XP into an additional partition, which I don't want to do. I want to remove all the rubbish that is on the disk, from the dealer.

Anyway I will try this and see what happens, then report back.
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Old 23. Jul 2009, 10:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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better use dbanhttp://www.dban.org/
to wipe out your hd.and is freeware.
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Old 23. Jul 2009, 11:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That looks a good idea.

Well, now I have found another problem anyway - I can't find a full set of drivers for XP. So I think I will nuke the backup partition, remove the trashware, and try to learn Vista.

Then as soon as Windows7 comes out, move onto that.

I would try to use Linux now except that I have so much Windows software for work, that will not run on it.

I may keep looking for XP drivers and see what happens, before I do anything else.
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did you check in the manufacturer site if you can downgrade to xp
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No, but I thought you could do that with any laptop?

It's a Toshiba - where to look?
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OK, I've found some really useful threads now. The main problem will be the SATA controller, which is not in XP, but there is a fix for it.

en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-24383-install-xp-on-toshiba-laptop#p36621

forums.computers.toshiba-europe.com/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=39956

Looking good.
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Old 24. Jul 2009, 07:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Thank you for this useful info. I will work through it.

However there does not seem to be any reference to wiping the disk, only adding XP into an additional partition, which I don't want to do. I want to remove all the rubbish that is on the disk, from the dealer.

Anyway I will try this and see what happens, then report back.
As I said earlier, while going through the process of installation, it will give you the option to format the hard disk, and that will clean everything that was there on the hard disk.

When you try to install XP, it will detect that Vista is already present on the hard disk, and it will give you a warning about that. It will give you options to either install XP side by side of Vista, or it will tell you to format the whole hard disk, and install XP as a single OS, which is what you want. You will have to read carefully. You should maybe take a printout of both the webpages, that I gave you, so that you can look at them for reference.

If you want to wipe out hard disk or partition by other methods, I would suggest Eraser. Although, the format would clean everything off the hard disk, and I would recommend going with it.

Its good that you got the forum links, and you can get some help reading from them. Read carefully, and then do go ahead. Maybe you should wait for Windows 7.

Good luck.
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