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Hey im looking to format my HDD and im trying erase all the data on it, usually with XP it would reformat the hard drive for me but Vista format button doesnt work like i think it should to me it seems as if it does a quick Wipe for a new OS Instead of a full reformat, so i was wondering if you guys have an idea on how i can format my hdd i have a bootable USB Key as i dont have a cd burner.
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Format with dban.

http://dban.sourceforge.net/
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Originally Posted by johnny9794 View Post
That doesn't format, it just writes all 0's.
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That doesn't format, it just writes all 0's.
It wipes the hdd clean, dban has worked for me and never failed.
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as long as its bootable Via USB KEY and erases all data so i can do a fresh clean intall
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Your best bet is to Go to the Bios and put ur boot priority to Cd-Rom and pop in the Vista cd and delete the partition but thats imo
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