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post #1 of 26
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hey ocn,

i have a friend here with a brand new laptop (bought off of ocn)
but it's FULL of bloatware.

i went into the disc managment but it won't let me format the main partition ( i can see why though, i'm using it)
i want a clean sweep here, lol

ideas?
Edited by SyncMaster753 - 6/9/08 at 4:57pm
    
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post #2 of 26
Insert Vista disc, restart comp, let it boot from cd, then delete the partition with Vista installed and re-install.
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that deletes the partition, i want a full reformat, not just to free up the space and install over it
    
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post #4 of 26
Then do a Quick Format with NTFS after the partition is gone.
post #5 of 26
get a linux liveCD (i suggest this one). boot from it, and once you get to a desktop, open a terminal and type:
Code:
sudo fdisk -ls
when it gives you a list of disks, look at what it's labeled.
should be something like:
Code:
/dev/sda
remember that. once you are sure you want everything gone, type this in:
Code:
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda
this will begin to zero the HDD (even better than a reformat, as vista will only do a quick format) You don't have to let it run completely. if you want to quit at any time, simply press Crtl+C and it will stop (it might take a second to stop though)
Then you can go about reinstalling vista.
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post #6 of 26
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i don't want there to be a single "1" on this computer.....i'm talking taking the 1 key out just for the re-format clean

i'm guessing i can just dl linux live? but there must be an easier way, i'm on my backuprig and anything beyond internet browsing is a chore, i can't even run warcraft 3 unless it's on low 800x600
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post #7 of 26
just do it all with the vista disk.... you can format your hardrive and install a fresh copy of vista.... it will wipe everything out and you will be left with a brand new operating system.
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post #8 of 26
you can point the "dd" command to wipe out a single partition too.
With the fdisk command, you will be given an output the lists your disks, and then the partitions on each disk. what's different from the command i showed you first is that it might look like this:
Code:
sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda#                      # is the number of the partition you want  to be zeroed
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post #9 of 26
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should i convert the linuxlive to an iso before burning or can i just put the extracted rar on the cd
    
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post #10 of 26
Use a Win98 cd, boot from it, choose to goto command prompt (shift+F5), run FDISK and you should be good.
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