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Old 02-27-2005, 11:09 AM   #1
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How can I format my hard drive within Red Hat 9?

Hey all

How do I totally erase EVERYTHING (all partitions) on my hard disk using Red Hat Linux 9? I managed to kill my windows installation when I attempted a dual-boot and want to wipe the slate clean again.

If it's not possible to erase everything, how do I erase individual partitions?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Old 02-27-2005, 11:17 AM   #2
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You can erase the entire drive with:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda

Assuming it is hda you want to erase. You could also just remove the partitions with fdisk, recreate them and put a filesystem on them. That should be a little quicker and easier.
Old 02-28-2005, 06:45 AM   #3
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u can use cfdisk and manully erase ...


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