Need a bootable CD to delete a Linux partition ...

bleggee used Ask the Experts™
Hi all - I have a PC that had Linux installed on it.
I need to delete that partition so that I can install XP Pro. Yes, XP :)
Can anyone recommend a Util or easy way to wipe the Partitions off a drive? Windows (At least the XP Install CD) will not access or modify the Linux partitions.
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Booting XP should give you the option to delete any existing partitions before install.
Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
Most Valuable Expert 2014

I'm pretty sure that my XP install disks gave me the option of rewriting the boot sectors and re-formatting the entire disk.
XP should allow you to overwrite the partitions but if for some reason its having trouble you could try booting from a CD or Flash Drive using GParted. Its a Drive/Partition utility.
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Sorry I included the link to parted (text based) instead of GParted.
Here is the correct one.
Erasmo Freire dos SantosSystem Analyst


Just you make a disk formatting with the windows cd and use gparted or linux cd fdisk

Follow this tutorial
Here's my personal favorite

Not only will give you the options to delete partitions in depth rich field(gparted based) but it also comes with other great useful tools such as recovery, backup, internet tester,  among others features

Best of all it's FREE
Top Expert 2013

i suggest making the UBCD - it has lots of tools for partitioning, and handling disks
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD
go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP :

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)                        ultimate boot cd             download page

**  you can make a bootable cd - or bootable usb stick

for completeness -here's how i handle disk problems :

but i use also the VERY STABLE and good Bootit-BM( free for partitioning) :
The XP install cd should allow you to delete partitions.  I recommend using easy2boot if all else fails.  Our even has XP install instructions.

Check this article:
nociSoftware Engineer
Distinguished Expert 2018

if you insist on a linux dvd to clear the harddisk.
fdisk / gdisk can do the job for you
or just a plain:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1

will wipe the masterboot record. (assuming the disk is /dev/sda) with older distro disks it might be /dev/hda as well.

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