Wipe SATA drive then re-install Dell OS

Posted on 2006-03-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
First time I have worked with Sata...

Dell Dimension 8400 w/Floppy and SATA drive...

I need to rebuild, I have the Dell reinstall CD...XP Home sp2...

I would like to wipe the HD first...FULL of virus and spyware crap...

Normally with IDE drives, I boot from a floppy, then run a little wipe program called GWSCAN...writes "0" 's to all sectors, then I re-install the OS...

This time, when I boot from the floppy, the SATA drive is not recognized so I cannot wipe it...

In BIOS, I have the SATA drive set to "Combination"...
     There are also selections for RAID Autodetect / ACHI and RAID Autodetect / ATA...I don't know what those settings
      are for...

Boot seqence is Floppy, CD drive, SATA...
SATA-0 is "on"...

How do I proceed with this project...

What do I do to be able to wipe this drive and re-install Windows...

Question by:stevem5000
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    Accepted Solution

    If you still can boot into windows, then use install windows os from there, and if you dont care about your data, then choose new install (instead of upgrade option). Then you able to wipe out all and fresh installation.

    Even, you can boot from CD as well (the boot seq. you wrote above that helps you to do so), why floppies?

    The SATA hard drive should be detected if the BIOS has never changed since you bought system, and it should be recognize during os installation. If not, set the SATA is in AUTO, not combination.
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    Author Comment

    Punky...thanx the quick response...

    I start booting with floppies because I like to run this HD wipe program...get rid of everything and start fresh...I guess it's kinda like a low level format...

    Right now I have the computer booted up and reinstall of Windows started, hit F6 for the drivers and now I'm looking for SATA drivers...

    I guess that;s the process...but I still haven't wiped the hd...would like to do that...

    LVL 39

    Expert Comment

    Keep go on the installation, you will get the option delect and create new partitions. The SATA driver shouls be in recovery CD that comes with system when you bought.
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    Assisted Solution

    If your paranoid and still want to zero the hard disk first use BartPe
    and add the eraser plugin from here
    You can add sata drivers to the bart image before you burn the disk or add them just like you did during xp install from floppy. Worth doing if you to work on machines with sata drives in them. Which is most new machines these days.
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    Author Comment

    Thanx guys...

    Well, I didn't wipe the HD, I just did a normal re-install...

    Got the driver from Dell, hit F6 and everything has gone normal...

    But, I certainly realize that if I want to continue wiping the HD's of SATA computers, I need to come up with something that will allow me to do the wipe...and Peregian, it looks like you have the right idea...

    Confusing part, on my normal IDE wipes, just popping in a boot disk allowd me to run my wipe program...but when I tried to boot into DOS on this SATA machine, the C: drive was not recognized...and I guess that's due to the SATA
    driver not being loaded...

    Many thanx for the help...


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