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Restoring disk img (with macrium) after using dban to wipe hard drive

Q: Restoring disk img (with macrium) after using dban to wipe hard drive

This isn't exactly a Windows 7 question, so if it doesn't belong here I apologize in advance.

Story: I had to send my laptop in to squaretrade for a repair (spilled liquid on the keyboard). They couldn't find the part, so they told me they were going to refund me the price of the computer (and not the price of the warranty), I quickly called and told them to send it back to me, which they did. Before sending it back, I took a disk image with macrium and wiped the hard drive clean with dban (after they had told me they would put Windows 7 back on my pc if I did so). When they sent it back to me they hadn't put windows back on the laptop. I could send it back to them to do so, but I was planning on buying the replacement keyboard (would get here in 2 days) and putting it back in myself, rather than waiting 2+ weeks to send it to them and have send it back.

Now, when I use the macrium recovery disk and I get to the part where it asks me to select which partition i want to overwrite the disk image data with, there's nothing there. Is there a way to remedy this?

Preferred Solution: Restoring disk img (with macrium) after using dban to wipe hard drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Restoring disk img (with macrium) after using dban to wipe hard drive

Doesn't DBAN remove partitions?
Try booting up a GParted or PartedMagic disk and formatting the drive through that.

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I have a hard drive that I need to wipe clean. A few years ago, someone gave me a copy of dban (daricks boot and nuke) that worked great, but I've lost it. I can get a copy on cnet.com but cant get it ti work. I download the iso file and burn it to disk, but it wont run. Any suggestions ??

A:Hard drive wipe -- dban

Have you tried downloading directly from the DBAN.....

DBAN Download | Darik's Boot And Nuke

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Hey everyone. I'm new to the forums. I am trying to help a friend out with his Sony Vaio E Series Laptop. The computer had crashed and he tried to do a clean install of windows but it failed and nothing would respond. Even when you tired to do a clean install of windows again it just went to the light blue windows screen with the bird and nothing happened. So I used Dban to Wipe the hard drive clean and start over from scratch. After I wiped it I tried to reinstall windows and it says there are no signed device drivers found. So I checked the bios and it's not even registering the hard drive. I have been searching the boards everywhere to find a solution to this. The Bios does not allow for much change so I can not make sure it is set to a SATA connection and I have tried turning off the signed device option when starting up. Nothing is working. If someone could help me out I would greatly appreciate it.

Sony Vaio E Series
Model# VPCEB23FM
Intel Core I3

A:Can't reinstall windows 7 after a hard drive dban wipe

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I have been backing up to an external hard drive using Macrium. I have backed up as images rather than a clone. I would like to reassure myself as to the proper procedure to restore to a new internal SS hard drive. My hard drive is failing and I do have all my stuff backed up, but would like to avoid actually reinstalling both the OS, as well as my stuff. Would like to use the Macrium Image.
LOL thought it best to ask now before that inevitable day actually arrives.

A:Restoring Macrium BackUp from an External Hard Drive

OK well I did precisely this and had no problems. Furthermore I had purchased the Paragon Migrate product and wasn't happy with it.
This is what I did and is just a bit different from the WHS tutorial.

Prepare the SSD. Here I am including a system reserved partition of size 205MB. From an elevated command prompt
1) Diskpart
2) List Dist
3) Select disk n
......n is the SSD disk number
4) create partition primary size=205 align=1024
......the system reserved partition
5) create partition primary align=1024
......the OS partition
6) List partition
......should show
partition 1 primary 1024 kB
partition 2 primary 206 MB
7) select partition 1
8) active
9) select partition 2
10) assign letter=c
The SSD is now prepared.
Connect SSD to sata port 0 and disconnect all other internal HDDs

Transfer the Macrium Images
Using Macrium Reflect free V5. Drag and drop the partition images onto the SSD prepared partitions. The images will then use the target partition alignment. See
Partition Alignment

That's about it. Check Trim and that disk drefrag is off. Windows seems to take care of this.

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I have a T420 I want to give to recycling. I've spent about two hours trying to wipe the disk. I've tried multiple tutorials to change the boot order in the BIOS but nothing I do makes the laptop boot from my USB or DVD with dban-2.3.0_i586.iso on it. Any method to wipe the disk is fine. Any other ideas?

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if i were to use dban to wipe my HDD when it comes to re-installing windows OS will i need to 1st get the drivers for the HDD or just (select boot from cd or usb in bios) then install win OS in the usual way. on the cleaned drive


A:dban drive wipe?

Hi billybellfoot,

To install Operating System on the computer, generally hard drive driver would not be required.

Ensure that the hard drive is getting detected in the BIOS and select boot from CD/USB follow the instructions to install the Operating System on the computer.

For any clarifications feel free to contact me.

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Alright... I was in the middle of a correctly initiated dban wipe when my 15 month old daughter pressed the restart button on my build.

Now, my hard drive (SATA) is not recognized in any way. It doesn't show up in BIOS, dban can't recognize it...

Is there any way for it to be recognized again?

I would appreciate any help you could provide.

Windows 7 Ultimate
AMD Phenom II x4 965 Black
MSI 785GTM-E45 (i have a new ASUS that i was going to install after the drive wipe)
ATI Radeon HD 4850

A:Drive Gone After Failed DBAN Wipe

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My computer got infected with the FBI MoneyPAK Virus and I performed the surface reformat with a OEM WIN 7 disc. Seemed to do the trick but here lately been having more issues and unable to update to SP1 and getting Windows error for malware on the machine. Norton, Malware Bytes or Trend Micro have not detected anything but I have a feeling something transferred into the Window Old folder. Anyways I attempted another surface reformat and let it do it's thing and when i returned to the computer it had a windows login screen loaded up. I've never had the computer password protected or set up multiple account on it so should just boot up to Windows desktop. The keyboard and mouse are disabled too and will not work. I'm not sure if its the case but seems like the computer is turned into a zombie or something. Anyways to the point I downloaded DBAN and copied it to a disc and changed boot device to the disc drive within BIOS. When I tried to boot using the disc it still goes to that Windows login screen and not able to do anything other then a hard reboot. I'm wanting to wipe that hard drive and do a clean install of Windows 7. Also just an FYI my boot drive is a Corsair SSD. I'm trying everything possible to not have to buy a new SSD. Any ideas, suggestions or links to step by step guides would be very hopeful. This is also my first time using DBAN. Thank you.

A:Clean install of Win 7 after wipe drive with DBAN

Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using the CLEAN command (Do not use CLEAN ALL) in Step One in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I just recently backed up my desktop PC hard drive to a disk image on a second hdd using Macrium Reflect software. However, since I've never tried restoring this data, I really have no idea whether it will work should it be necessary. Would it be practical to do a 'test' restore to an external hdd (I know these are relatively slow, but it's just a test). I only have about 70gb total including WinXP Pro SP2. I simply want to confirm that the restore will actually work. The external hdd's ultimate use would be to simply host disk images.

Historically, I've only backed up what I considered critical data to a second hard drive. I was willing to reinstall OS and programs on a new drive if it ever became necessary. However, since getting a notebook, I was faced with the prospect of having to restore from a set of OEM recovery disks (WinVista disk not included separately) which would take forever as it installed tons of factory bloatware and other crappy stuff that I would end up having to remove.

I finally decided the time was right to back up both computers to disk images on an external hdd since this seemed a viable solution to avoiding the notebook recovery scenario. The entire purpose of this drive would be to archive disk images from both computers, with my desktop PC's second hdd used to backup the external drive.

This seems like a logical game plan, but am I missing any potential pitfalls? Opinions welcome!

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I have an Acer Iconia W500 that came preinstalled with Windows 7 32bit Home Premium. I made recovery discs from the tablet before installing Windows 8 on it, which runs great. What I would like to do, if possible, is to use those Windows 7 restore discs and restore them to an external hard drive and be able to boot from it and run the original Windows 7 that came preinstalled. The reason I am wanting to do this, as there were some programs, drivers, and other things that I cannot download from Acer or retrieve from the restore discs, and can only access from the OS if it is actually running. Thanks, ahead of time, for any help.

A:Help Restoring Windows 7 Recovery Disk to External Hard Drive or USB

This is why many WIn8 previewers keep the old OS in a Dual Boot so it is readily accessible by booting or via Explorer. It would have also been better to back up a Win7 backup image which could be virtually mounted in Disk Mgmt. to access any files. Recovery Disks are not that flexible and will only recover the machine to exact factory condition on the internal HD.

What drivers or other needed software is missing from the Acer Support Downloads webpage for your model. These can often be found via Google. I have never seen a problem with Acer in countless Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I decided to wipe my Dell Dimension 3000 Pc after using it for 10 years and wanted to give it away for charity.
I used Dban Gutmann method to wipe it but now having probs reinstalling Windows Xp.
I have the CD that originally came with my Dell titled " Operating System. Reinstallation CD" and have changed the boot sequence in the bios to CD.
The Pc boots up to a black screen with no errors when the CD is in. When I remove the CD I get "no operating system found"
I also tried another Windows XP CD and getting the same issue.

Any ideas where I'm going wrong?
The CD drive is ok as I used it for booting DBAN.


A:XP not installing after DBAN wipe

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Hello. Can someone tell me if the wipe worked?

There were no errors for any of the passes (but there were warnings, shown below).

The error was on verify (I/O error) and notices said wipe finished but then wipe incomplete.

Thank you.

[2009/07/01 09:21:53] dwipe: notice: Starting pass 7 of 7, round 1 of 1, on device '/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc'.
[2009/07/01 10:01:25] dwipe: warning: dwipe_random_pass: The size of '/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/disc' is not a multiple of its block size 1024.
[2009/07/01 10:01:40] dwipe: notice: Finished pass 7 of 7, round 1 of 1, on device '/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/disc'.
[2009/07/01 10:01:40] dwipe: notice: Finished round 1 of 1 on device '/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/disc'.
[2009/07/01 10:01:40] dwipe: notice: Blanking device '/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target1/lun0/disc'.
[2009/07/01 10:17:25] dwipe: warning: dwipe_random_pass: The size of '/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc' is not a multiple of its block size 1024.
[2009/07/01 10:18:11] dwipe: notice: Finished pass 7 of 7, round 1 of 1, on device '/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc'.
[2009/07/01 10:18:11] dwipe: notice: Finished round 1 of 1 on device '/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc'.
[2009/07/01 10:18:11] dwipe: notice: Blanking device '/dev/ide/host0/bus0/target0/lun0/disc'.
[2009/07/01 10:33:26] dwipe: warning: dwipe_static_pass: The size of '/dev/ide/host... Read more

A:DBAN log- did wipe work or not?

SOunds to me as if the drive has errors or the program had issues reading the drive. In any case it's probabley wiped and probabley not all that relieable of a drive.

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I performed a complete hard disk wipe of a used computer that a family member sold to me. I used the free version of Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN). It finished overnight, and this morning I got the expected screen saying it was successful and I should press any key to continue. The next screen is an ad for Blancco, and I can't power off or move past the ad. I have the Windows 7 disk to install, but nothing happens when I insert the disk. Does anyone have suggestions for how to move past this ad screen? I tried holding the power button down, but nothing happened.

A:Solved: Can't power off after DBAN wipe

did you hold the power button down for 10 seconds?

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Hello to all! I am attempthing to install Windows XP with a Raid 1 after a dban wipe on both hard drives. when i do i get a blue screen. I have gone in and configured the drives to raid 1 setting and when the os is loading it says "press f6 to load raid driver" so i press f6 and it does not give me the option to load the driver. i'm so lost, somebody please help.
thank you very much

A:installing os and raid1 after dban wipe

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A software called DBAN erased all the files from this computer.Now when I start the computer I get the "no Operating system found.So I go to install windows vista. Here I enter my product key, and accept the agreement.Windows does not locate the hard drive, and asks for drivers

A:Help install drivers after DBAN wipe.

The hard drive is not even detected. Like in the picture, It wants me to point to the drivers (specifying INF file type, with no other option) to go further with the windows vista installation. The HP website has drivers for my laptop pc, but I'm not sure which set I need to download.  I'm guessing the 'Chipset' or ' bios'? I'm not able to extract the drivers from the downloaded exe file because... I have no operating system, and no option to 'run' an exe file from the instillation disk.  The only other computer available to borrow is a mac, and with several programs does not extract the drivers out of the downloaded exe. I'm just looking for help on which drivers, and how to correctly install them.  I will try to borrow a PC, or maybe have a friend, maybe you, help extract the drivers so I can try and install them. The recovery Cd also gives me an option to install drivers.   How do I install the drivers once I have the correct drivers?

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I was reading that dban doesn't clear hidden sectors, or HPA or a few other things and it clearly takes quite some time.

What other type of full disk wipe programs are suggested over dban that are faster and full and completely thorough on their wipe?

A:What is better & faster than dban for complete HDD wipe?

There are some sectors on the disk that are not cleared but since they are not accessible by software anyway what is the point? Performance is determined almost entirely by disk characteristics so that won't vary much.

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Just received ACER Aspire 5517 from relative who used DBAN to format HDD. Acer has recovery program available, but on many computers there is a second partition that uses the recovery disks to reinstall. DBAN wiped complete HDD. Does anybody know if the aspire uses the second partition, or has anyone used acer recovery software after wiping HDD and been successful. Here's hoping---Thanks

A:Using Acer Aspire Recovery Software After Wipe with DBAN

You should be able to get to the recovery partition from boot by pressing the ALT and F10 while booting.This only works if nothing has happened to the recovery partition.

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Hello and thanks for reading.

I have a ViewSonic tablet laptop that had the unfortunate experience of having a keylogger type worm installed onto it, so that my "friend" was able to spy on all of my emails. I figured the best approach would be to clean the hard drive with DBAN. This worked fine on my desk top...and appeared to work well on my laptop as well.

The problem now is that when I try to reinstall the recovery disks for the laptop and even the windows XP that I use for my laptop, I get the same error: (blue screen)

A problem has been tetected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer...blah blah blah.

Technical information:

***STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF99E640, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

My laptop does not have a cd player, but I am using an addonics peripheral CD player.

The error occurs after the recover disks boot up, the computer says to push R for display system recovery options. I do so and I see the appropate "starting systems recovery" scroll at the bottom of the screen.

After that, I see the error.

I also tried to use my desktop windows disk to see if I had a problem with my recovery disks...same thing.

Any help would be appreciated.

Mike in St. Louis

A:Unable to reinstall XP after cleaning hard drive with DBAN

Have a read of THIS ARTICLE

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hi guys,

i used dban to try delete contents on a drive coz windows wasnt installing on it
i burned the iso and booted

then i ran a clean using dod 2 or something ...i didnt know that this made the disk unusable
i also tried the windows cleaning option

but now in windows my drive is showing up as h: removable disk but when i click on it
it says please insert a disk into drive h:

and when i try to format it...there is no disk in drive h: please insert a disk and try again
have i lost my drive...what an idiot i am at the best of times...

i didnt think this would "destroy" a drive i thought it would destroy data

anyway shows what happens when you dont read the instructions on the tin...
20euro down the tubes...

A:Solved: i think DBAN killed my hard drive...coz i was stupid

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Hello and thanks for reading.

I have a ViewSonic tablet laptop that had the unfortunate experience of having a keylogger type worm installed onto it, so that my "friend" was able to spy on all of my emails. I figured the best approach would be to clean the hard drive with DBAN. This worked fine on my desk top...and appeared to work well on my laptop as well.

The problem now is that when I try to reinstall the recovery disks for the laptop and even the windows XP that I use for my laptop, I get the same error: (blue screen)

A problem has been tetected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer...blah blah blah.
Technical information:

***STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF99E640, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
My laptop does not have a cd player, but I am using an addonics peripheral CD player.

The error occurs after the recover disks boot up, the computer says to push R for display system recovery options. I do so and I see the appropate "starting systems recovery" scroll at the bottom of the screen.

After that, I see the error.

I also tried to use my desktop windows disk to see if I had a problem with my recovery disks...same thing.

Any help would be appreciated.

Mike in St. Louis

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I have formatted 3 times complete harddrive and one time using DBAN and when i install XP SP3 as soon as i open explorer even without connecting internet cable at the back it gets closed and other windoes also applications freezes.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86 NETWORK
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512
Run by Venkatesh at 16:55:43 on 2012-01-25
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1015.717 [GMT 5.5:30]
AV: McAfee VirusScan Enterprise *Enabled/Outdated* {918A2B0B-2C60-4016-A4AB-E868DEABF7F0}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
============== Pseudo HJT Report ===============
BHO: scriptproxy: {7db2d5a0-7241-4e79-b68d-6309f01c5231} - c:\program files\mcafee\virusscan enterprise\scriptsn.dll
mRun: [McAfeeUpdaterUI] "c:\program files\mcafee\common framework\udaterui.exe" /StartedFromRunKey
mRun: [ShStatEXE] "c:\program files\mcafee\virusscan enterprise\SHSTAT.EXE" /STANDALONE
IE: {e2e2dd38-d088-4134-82b7-f2ba38496583} - %windir%\Network Diagnostic\xpnetdiag.exe
IE: {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - c:\program files\messenger\msmsgs.exe
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A:ie and other open windows gets closed even after completely formatting hard drive with DBAN

Hello, I highly doubt malware is involved here. However, I recommend completely uninstalling McAfee and see if that makes a difference.Dowload and save McAfee Removal Tool to your desktop. Run it to remove McAfee. After this, please restart your computer.

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Dear Security or Hardware Forum

This is my first post in the Security Forum. I am trashing an old computer. But first I plan on physically destroying my hard disk whether by hammer, grinder at a tech dump, melting in a furnace (anyone know of one hot enough to melt a hard drive or using heavy gauge sandpaper. Not sure what physical method-or methods-to use. And I'm not sure degaussing will work.

I'm not sure what a hard disk looks like or exactly where it is on my tower. I read that if you are going to use a sledgehammer, you should place the disk in a bag first. How many layers are there in a disk?

But before I do any of these hostile things, I was planning to use a disk wiper. What's the best one on the market-even if it costs me a few pennies? I read that Active Professional KillDisk bypasses BIOS, so it might be best. But I need your advice.

And by the way, PC World writes that Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows 98. I read that about a month ago. Old news by now, right?


A:Hard Disk wipe or erase

Very old news. . when I want to destroy a disc, I wrap in in a old towel, place it on the ground with a brick under one end and hit it with my handy-dandy 12 Lb sledge hammer . . bends it at about a 45 degree angle . . no one will get any data off that drive.

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Hi, I'm thinking of selling my spare 4-year-old PC which I never use any more, so for security purposes shall I wipe the hard disk first?
I mean, my name is all over it such as when I log in the message comes up "Welcome Mr. X", and there are also folders titled "Mr. X's Documents" etc.
(The shop put my name in there when I bought it even though I didn't give them permission)
I suppose I could try to search for and delete my name from every nook and cranny, but wouldn't it be easier to just wipe the hard drive? How do I do that?
And what about other security-conscious things like IP address etc, would they hopefully be wiped too?
In a nutshell what I'm asking is if there's a drill we should go through before selling our PC?

A:Should I wipe hard disk before selling PC?

Hi -Try this post for some udeas http://www.pcworld.com/article/254509/free_tools_to_wipe_your_drives_securely.htmlOr just Google "Securely wipe the hard disk" (many listings there)

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This is a question that has been bugging me for a long time. I need to do this but i don't wanna lose all my file either. Any help?

A:Does reinstalling windows wipe the hard disk?

Yes, if you reinstall windows over you current partition, it will completely wipe all your data. Now if you do a "system repair" it will just reinstall the window system files and all your data is left untouched.

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Hi, recently my PC was working fine but suddenly i got boot problem like "a device is not connected" and later on "BCD boot file configuration not valid". After a lot of fuss, i downloaded Macrium Reflect USB with WinPE 10. I first used Rufus with NTFS file format to create the bootable Macrium Reflect USB but when booted, Marcium reflect neither found an operating system nor showing any hard disk in the computer, although hard disk is showing in the BIOS. Later on I googled and found that I should make a bootable USB using Fat32 file system since I have UEFI BIOS. So i did that using Rufus again and still Macrium Reflect shows nothing. I dont want to install windows again, but want to restore/fixboot to the previous working condition. Any help would be appreciated.


PC Configuration:
Intel Core i5 Skylake
Gigabyte H110 S2PH
Kingston 8GB Hyper X
1 TB SATA WD Black
Windows 10 Pro

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Hi all. I appreciate you taking the time to read my topic. I have a Toshiba Satellite laptop with Vista on it. I originally posted this on another forum where they were discussing something of a similar nature, but I have been a Bleeping Computer user for a month or two now and remembered that I have always gotten good help here, so thought I ought to post it here as well and see if anyone would help me out of a jam.

Right, so, I was planning to just reformat my HD completely to get rid of this virus, as I have all of my most important data backed up to CD-Roms anyway from a time before I was infected with it, but now I'm hearing a HD reformat may not completely kill all viruses if they're particularly malicious, which this one definitely is. You see...

I think that I have a virus on it that the government put on here, with the crap they have been doing lately with domestic wiretapping and Patriot Act, etc, it started acting weird when I was on some websites that were, let's just say, umm, maybe not entirely supportive of every administration, and I feel they may have bugged my computer. It makes me feel very uncomfortable and watched, I know I probably sound like some paranoid conspiracy nut with tinfoil on their head but every time I try to run a virus scan it freezes up so I feel like it might be some kind of advanced, DARPA-designed virus that is not easy to get rid of!

I thought that clean-reformatting my drive would get rid of anything, but now I'... Read more

A:Need To Wipe My Hard Disk Completely, Stubborn Bad Virus : \

If you need help with reformatting, please review:How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XPPrepping for a Clean Install Windows XP.These links include step-by-step instructions with screenshots:XP Clean Install Interactive SetupHow to reformat your computer in case of a severe malware infectionReformat & Clean Install Windows XPVista users can refer to these instructions:Windows Vista Clean InstallHow to Do a Clean Install and Setup with a Full Version of VistaHow to Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Version of VistaDon't forget you will have to go to Microsoft Update and apply all Windows security patches after reformatting.Note: If you're using an IBM, Sony, HP, Compaq, Toshiba or Dell machine, you may not have an original XP CD Disk. By policy Microsoft no longer allows OEM manufactures to include the original Windows XP CD-ROM on computers sold with Windows preinstalled. Instead, most computers manufactured and sold by OEM vendors come with a vendor-specific Recovery Disk or Recovery Partition for performing a clean "factory restore" that will reformat your hard drive, remove all data and restore the computer to the state it was in when you first purchased it. See Technology Advisory Recovery Media. If the recovery partition has become infected, you will need to contact the manufacturer, explain what happened and ask them to send full recovery disks to use instead..Reformatting a hard disk deletes all data. If you are reformatting or doin... Read more

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I am suffering the Error code: 0xE0000100 while attempting to do a 'Custom Install' of Windows 7. My problem is a corrupt MBR etc. which I caused by deleting the first partition on the disk! I have read the thread 'Installation error' in this forum and it is clear that I need to 'completely wipe the entire hard disk'. How do I do this as there appear to be 2 invalid partitions on the disk (which don't have disk letters or names).

So how do I go about 'completely wiping the hard disk'.



A:0xE0000100 How do I 'completely wipe entire hard disk'

Quote: Originally Posted by formula400

So how do I go about 'completely wiping the hard disk'.

Something like Parted Magic can do it.

Securely erase your entire hard drive, wiping it clean from all data.

P.S. - You probably only need to wipe out the first 512 bytes, because that's where the MBR lives. Wiping the whole disk will work too but it will take much longer.

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i m thinking to wipe hard drive but i m not selling or donating it.
i m doing it bcz my pc is infected with viruses.
and i wanna delete viruses and everything so taht it cant be recovered from my hard drive.
i will keep using the hard drive.
i know i can wipe my pc easily with dban

But someone said it decreases the life of hard drive,If i do it many times.i had wiped many times my hard drive before
But i think formatting doesnt clear my hard drive,and i m not sure if formatting would be enough or not to clean hard drive.
i heard formatting doesnt clean hard drive viruses ,if virus is left then they keep sending information from the system,ya something like that
i have just one question
should i format or wipe hard drive?
i just wanna reinstall my os man
i just wanna start from clean state

A:Solved: wipe hard disk to reinstall windows 7

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Hi everyone,

Two questions please.

1. I just upgraded Macrium per it's advisement that there was an update. Do I have to create a new Bootable Rescue Disk now?

2. When restoring the system from Macrium, still getting confused as to what to designate drives as, primary or data.

I was looking for the answer to Item 1 and ran across a thread that said: "If your system has a hidden partition, then "C" should not be slated as "primary"". My other partitions are slated as "data". I have never tried to restore the "C" so in the event of a crash, not sure what will happen. Should "C" be slated as "primary" or "data"? How do I know if my system has a hidden partition?

I'm running Vista 64-bit Home Premium Edition

Thanks for your help.


A:Macrium Question Bootable Disk & Drive Designation

1. Would not hurt to burn a new CD - but most likely the old one will work. I always test that by imaging and restoring a small 2GB test partition.

2. The system partition (C) must be marked active. The hidden partition does not exist in Vista. That is a Windows7 special.

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I cant log onto my computer because its virused really bad with a root kit and i want to wipe my hard drive and reinstall XP so i can start fresh please help.

A:Cannot log on and want to wipe my hard drive help

There is no need to log in. You need to go into the BIOS and set the first boot device to the CD drive, exit and save changes. Then insert the XP cd and Restart the computerTo reach the BIOS in most computers, you reboot the computer, when the initial black and white screen shows, startt tapping the Delete key

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Am thinking of getting a new comp. Im gonnna wipe hard drive of my current comp with Eraser or BC Wipe.
Problem is im only about semi-computer literate. Some of the stuff instructions on doing it seem hopelessly complicated. Is it really this complicated?

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Nope, piece of cake as they say.

If you are running XP, then simply go to Start, My computer, select the drive you want to format and select format...away it will go and you will have a drive that is ready to be used..

If using Win98, then make a boot disk from Bootdisk.com, then fdisk, remove all partitions, create a partition, activate a partition, shut down, reboot, format the partition when it comes back up, shut down again and you have a formatted drive ready to go.

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I no longer need my Mac because I have an IBM. The Mac isn't worth anything to sell. I want to dispose of it in the garbage, but I'm afraid of someone taking it and seeing files I have saved on my hard drive -- social security #'s, financial stuff, etc.

The problem is that when I turned on the computer, I can't get anything to show up on the screen. (I haven't used the computer for 6-12 months now.) I turned up the brightness and contrast and still could not see anything. The computer did boot up.

My husband said he could just take a hammer and smash the hard drive unit so that we could toss it out.

Any suggestions on what to do???


A:How do I wipe out my hard drive? (yes, I want to)

More than likely, noone is going to mess with your pc once you trash it. But, if it would make you feel better, just let your husband smash the hard drive.

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hey i have a 40gb hard drive that i took out of an old comp and i put it in an enclosure. When i open it it shows program files, documents etc.. all the crap that was on it before. when i try to delete it, it says acess denied..Whats the easiest way to clear/format the drive??

A:Wipe hard drive?

Ok so easily when you find it in My computer just right click on it a click format and do a Quick format. That's it.

If it still don't work download this software Acronis Disk Director Suite that will help to you fomat it easily.

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Recently I have noticed I've had a memory problem. I play mmorpgs and the last two I have played will start up, let me log in and choose my character, but as soon as the game loads I get a blue screen that says my computer has been shut off and I should restart. After getting a free virus protection program (I have norton but it doesn't seem to scan everything even on a full scan) and found that through it and Avast I have a multitued of viruses and maleware eating up my computer such as: vundo, click, and fotomoto. So my question is. If I popin my os disk that came with my laptop and reinstall windows xp will I be safe? Through one of the many pop ups I've seen recently I saw something about registry corruption. So that's my biggest question.

Things I've done:
I've already started on the path to properly posting a hijackthis log but I wanted to know if it'd just be easier to start over.

Thanks and enjoy,

p.s. sorry for posting in the wrong area...got a little post happy =_='

A:If I Wipe My Hard Drive..

If you format and reinstall Windows then yes, you will be virus free. I would probably go down the HJT route before I reformatted though.

One thing, next time you get Blue Screen stop message, copy down the entire message and post it back here. The information given is useful in tracking down what the problem is.

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I've searched the forum and google but to no avail. Can anyone reccomend a good hard drive wipe program?

A:Hard drive wipe

I found these suggestions on our forum here:

Eraser: http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/

DBAN: http://dban.sourceforge.net/

Hope these help

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what i was wanting to know is how would i wipe out my hard drive .... i have all my programs save to my e drive an want to keep but how can i wipe everything thing else off to start off fresh like a new start my burner aitn working to copy my saved files on my e drive but i was wondering can i work around this ...........

A:how would i wipe out my hard drive ????

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I bought a used HP today and the hard drive hasn't been wiped clean. I would like a clean slate but I have no clue how to do it. OS is passworded, by the way. Also, I would like to make a new restore cd from my daughter's computer for backup and for fresh install on the new one. The first one of the original discs is badly scratched. Any suggestions?

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My daughter is selling her computer and would like to wipe the hard drive clean before doing so. Is there a DOS command or other formatting command she can use to clear it all out? Format C: *.* seems a little too drastic. Thank youKMFModerator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:How Do I Wipe My Hard Drive

Use Kill Disk. This is a freeware utility that will destroy the information on your hard drive. It overwrites the information making it difficult if not impossible to recover.The utility can be ran from a floppy or CD.

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I want to upgrade my desktop from XP to 7 Ultimate so it is compatible with my 2 laptops. I have never wiped out a hard drive before. Does anyone know of a good "how to" guide I can follow? I Googled it, but thought you pros would know of something better. I already have the 7 Ultimate software and an external to save my existing file too.


A:Hard Drive Wipe Out

The easiest way is to just start the install and when prompted let "windows 7 install" format the disk.
It will probably save the old XP to a folder called Windows old but all you need to do is delete it after the install.

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I am going to reinstall my OS. Is it necessary to wipe the hard drive? Well I know you need to format it once, but how many passes do you let it go through? Is it ok just to do one pass? What is the best wiping program that I can get for free to put on a dvd? Can rootkits survive a good wipe?

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A:Best way to wipe a hard drive

when you install the os, it will wipe the drive. that is really all that is necessary if you are reinstalling for yourself. If you are planning to sell and had sensitive info on it then use a utility such as dban to wipe the drive securely.

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

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Hey, I have a vista laptop, it came preinstalled.

I want to wipe the laptop completely, then run my XP disc as it won't run while vista is installed.

I can't format it, because vista (my os) is on that drive.

How could I do this?

I download DBAN, burnt the iso to disc, tried to run it by putting it first in boot menu, but it doesnt do anything?


A:Help me wipe my hard drive!

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hi can anyone help me i had windows se i have win xp pro full edition now i need to know how to how to wipe my hard drive clean so i can start fresh with nothing on my hard drive i am not very good at computer stuff so a step by step guide i could print would be good thanks

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I have a computer that i am looking to donate, how can i wipe the hard drive please?

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Hello, my first time here. I am building another computer. when installing Windows XP full version.
the set up shows im missing a file to fully install XP. what I need to know is, how do I wipe a new hard drive,,,,formatted but empty,,,clean and start fresh.
Is there a way to add this HHD to my other computer and wipe it clean, or do I have to set a 50 lb magnet on it for 3 weeks.
new system is 3.4 Intel D.C. Hy.thrd
4 gigs of Ram
250 GB, HHD
DVD drive
DVD burner
2 floppy drives
flash card reader

some where I read or thought I read, a way to do that,slave it, and wipe it out??????

would really like to do this my self,,going to the computer shop wont let me learn anything.
I now have a NEW full version of XP, other 2 computers I built used my first XP Pro, disk and I copied it to do the 2nd,,it worked just fine,,this one says Im missing a lot of files at boot up.
Ant suggestions??????? Thanks for all your time..Alex

A:Hard Drive Wipe

There are several programs that will completely wipe a hard drive clean, even to government standards if you like. There's Darik's Boot N Nuke, which will create either a bootable floppy or CD and you can start the machine with it and then choose the type of wipe you want to do. Then you need to re-format and install the operating system.

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I have nothing important on my computer and l have a malware problem that l can't get rid of so l want to know how to wipe my hard drive and start all over.



A:Wipe a hard drive out ???

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Im running windows 7 64x, from the time I bought my laptop there's a whole bunch of unwanted program's plus having a kid sister install unwanted software on it. I'm thinking of wiping the drive and reinstalling all the program's I want myself. I just want to know how to do this safely without obviously removing my OS. Anyone have any info on helping me with this?

A:Hard drive wipe

and welcome to the Forum

If you wipe the drive you loose everything on it. You would have to start over and instll the operating system, then the applications.

If you just want to get rid of unwanted applications, Uninstall them with Revo Uninstaller.

Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download - Uninstall software, remove programs, solve uninstall problems

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