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Old 12-14-2014, 12:54 PM   #1
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Hard drive Seagate


Old pc HP pavilion had Win XP home. Powered it up but it would not load from hard drive. Ran Seagate disc wizard tested hard drive good, mother board good but can not access the hard drive. I need to re-format and would like to just zero it out but cant find a good source? I would then try to load another operating system.
 
Old 12-14-2014, 01:28 PM   #2
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Old pc HP pavilion had Win XP home. Powered it up but it would not load from hard drive. Ran Seagate disc wizard tested hard drive good, mother board good but can not access the hard drive. I need to re-format and would like to just zero it out but cant find a good source? I would then try to load another operating system.
If indeed the drive is recognized and you want to setup for a Gnu/Linux install then you can use 'fdisk'. Look at 'man fdisk' see how to partition then use 'man mkfs' to understand formatting a filesystem on a partition.

If you look at Link # 2 below you will find reference to partitioning & formatting a partition for a filesystem of choice on a disk. One thing is that most Gnu/Linux will step you through formatting after you have created a partition table for that drive.

I do like to provide these links to new users;
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Linux Newbie Admin Guide
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Old 12-14-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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You might want to try something like a linux installation disk and see if it can deal with your hard disk. One of the jobs these disks can do is (re)partition your hard drive.
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Old 12-15-2014, 05:41 PM   #4
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For a clueless computer user like I used to be.

I'd start out with Killdisk or Dariks Boot and Nuke.

After making sure all of the disk was wiped first. Then I would proceed with a linux install. Like This.

That way you know you start clean and have cleared the MBR on the hard drive also.

Here is a video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6P8seS5w9g&html5=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxQnNCnuAHI&html5=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGQ-AIm8QsQ&html5=1


Posting this with a mindset that the OP is way new doing this. Has no idea on what was previously posted. I would download the 32 bit live iso
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Download 32bit from here - Linux Lite 2.2 32bit
md5sum: 8960b5c0bed2e790dec213235a883cc3
Size: 737mb (DVD, USB)
since XP machine was mentioned.
 
Old 12-16-2014, 09:55 PM   #5
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Dariks Boot and Nuke works, I just used it yesterday:-
 
  


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