I just purchased a brand new HP Pavilion system (Model a620n) which has 160 GB Hard Drive. I want to completely erase the drive - possiblly low-level format and build my own partitions with multiiple OS's.
It came with XP Home Edition plus Software on RECOVERY VOLUME. During boot-up it will give you an option to press F10 for System Recovery - This is one of the features offered by XP. Although, I have no intentions of using it.
I was able to delete the XP partition through DOS as NON-DOS partition.
When I satrted installing Win2K the partition size remaining shows approx. 125GB. Where did loose all those extra 35GB - Of course I used up 2 GB for my DOS.
Is there any low-level formatter for this particular drive model that I can use to clean the drive bit-by-bit and rebuild the system.
I seeked HP site, there was nothing there that would point me low-level-formatter.