Need to reformat HDD not concerned about reinstalling an OS

Posted on 2004-09-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
Owner of PC is deceased - parents want to get rid of PC but wipe everything. PC is password protected. They can't tell me what Windows OS was on it. Is there an easy way to reformat the HDD?
Question by:yic01
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2

Assisted Solution

knollbert earned 200 total points
ID: 12145565
yic01 I would suggest
use a boot disk from
then fdisk
format c:
LVL 57

Accepted Solution

Pete Long earned 300 total points
ID: 12145594
full instruction on my website

Author Comment

ID: 12146192
Thank you.
LVL 57

Expert Comment

by:Pete Long
ID: 12149770

Featured Post

Want Experts Exchange at your fingertips?

With Experts Exchange’s latest app release, you can now experience our most recent features, updates, and the same community interface while on-the-go. Download our latest app release at the Android or Apple stores today!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Computer running slow? Taking forever to open a folder, documents, or any programs that you didn't have an issue with before? Here are a few steps to help speed it up. The programs mentioned below ALL have free versions, you can buy them if you w…
Skype is a P2P (Peer to Peer) instant messaging and VOIP (Voice over IP) service – as well as a whole lot more.
Finding and deleting duplicate (picture) files can be a time consuming task. My wife and I, our three kids and their families all share one dilemma: Managing our pictures. Between desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, and cameras; over the last decade…
In this video we outline the Physical Segments view of NetCrunch network monitor. By following this brief how-to video, you will be able to learn how NetCrunch visualizes your network, how granular is the information collected, as well as where to f…

623 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question