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Old 03-25-2007, 02:00 PM   #1
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how to reformat hard disk ?

New to me, old P2 Dell Inspiron 7000 with Ubuntu installed; very slow operation, and system will not allow me to log in. User Name and Password "invalid", although BIOS accepts password. I am guessing that disk is corrupted, and last resort is to reformat - but I do not know how to proceed. Need really basic info; I also have Knoppix disc available if this will help.
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Old 03-25-2007, 02:18 PM   #2
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why would you assume the disk is dodgy?? and where does a bios password come into this? a bios defined password and a username password have nothing in common at all... i'd just have to guess you've forgotten your password, no?
Old 03-25-2007, 09:31 PM   #3
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I agree with Chris. If you provide how far can you go in the booting we may be able to help you.
Here a couple of pointer to a very useful CD that will allow you to format and do many other disk jobs.

Rescue CD contains gparted the second is gpart alone what makes it a little simple to use.
They work very well.
If you have valuable data you most likely can copy it before formatting. For that you can use any of the live CD, my preference goes to one of the small distros dsl-n that you can run from a cd or like myself from a small pen drive (>100 MG). Then you can mount the partition that you are going to format and copy or burn it to an optical medium.
There is a dsl-n forum here.


Old 03-26-2007, 08:50 AM   #4
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reformat hrd disk

Thanks for your reply. Novice that I am, I thought the BIOS and user name passwords were the same, and yes, I changed the user name password from what is was so that I would remember it, but neither the old one nor the new one are accepted. I have changed lower and upper cases, used capitals on first letter, and a variety of other combinations to get on as the user - all without success.
I'll try the sites you gave me for downloading rescue disk.




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