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that deletes the partition, i want a full reformat, not just to free up the space and install over it
When you wipe a partition and make a new one that is reformatting.
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use Hiren boot cd
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alright, i'm a little disheartened, i thought it would be as simple as dling a 1mb program that wrote everything to "0" and then turned the pc off
    
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i thought i linked you to the iso.
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i thought i linked you to the iso.
winrar
    
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i did link you to the iso. just burn the iso and boot
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alright, i'm a little disheartened, i thought it would be as simple as dling a 1mb program that wrote everything to "0" and then turned the pc off
There is a huge difference between a re-format and writing all back to '0'. If you want to write everything back to '0' (for whatever reason.. mostly only used to cover up data you don't want anyone to see), the Linux issue is quick and simple. (only a few hours if it's a large drive).

If you just want a fresh OS install, just repartitioning is fine (which is more severe than simple reformatting).
    
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If you want to get rid of the Bloatware without reformatting...

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The laptop may have a protected boot partition for re-installing all its original software, If I remember correctly I had an Asus lappy with a similar locked partition. Assuming you want a totally clean HDD? Try downloading or borrowing a copy of 'Ultimate Boot CD' From that you can use the tools available and delete any partition or totally format a drive.
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post #20 of 26
you're making this way too complex for how simple it is to do.
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