Windows 2003 format c drive

Hi, i am trying to wipe the boot partition of a Dell poweredge server. Unfortunately, i am trying to guide someone to do this but the person is not computer savvy at all.

Is there anything i can do to guide this person to format the C drive while the system is running? maybe thorugh the registry? deleting the boot files in the notepad? i need something that will not make the system boot.
lurezeroAsked:
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Dustin99352Commented:
Does the user have the CD handy?  If he does he should be able to use that and boot from it in order to get to the command prompt.
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lurezeroAuthor Commented:
let me put it this way. this user doesnt even know where's the power button on any computer.
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lurezeroAuthor Commented:
any utility out there? i tried HDDGURU but that did not work...apparently the this utility doesnt support SAS drives...
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aleghartCommented:
>Is there anything i can do to guide this person to format the C drive while the system is running?

Nope. Drive management applications are written to _not_ format the active system disk.  So, there is no application that will run on C: drive which will also format C: drive.

Have you looked at dban?  If all you're trying to do is nuke the disk, this is the way to go.  I use it when I decommission old equipment, before I donate them or send them to the recycler.

http://www.dban.org/

If you're going to install a new operating system, then use the installer CD from the new OS.  Most will have a way to partition the drive, whether it's a new or used drive.
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ekummelCommented:
I would go to http://gparted.sourceforge.net/
download a copy of gparted and burn it to disk. Then send the user the disk and walk him through.

GPARTED will boot the machine and allow the user to manipulate the partition anyway they want.

Ed
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jebCommented:
do you actually want to wipe the boot partition or just make it not boot? if you want it to just not boot edit the boot.ini file to point to a phantom partition. If you want to wipe it, you will have to reboot to a boot disk or CD then wipe it when it is not running from your boot partition.
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