Remove XPH from disk?



Rosie
07-10-2005, 01:04 AM
I need to return my notebook to the suppliers for
repair/replacement/refund and I would like to know the best way to clear
the disk totally. I have 3 partitions C:, D: and E: I can delete D: & E:
from within XP but I can't see how to delete C: with XP on it. I did try
using the XP CD as though I was going to re-install and I did get C:
cleared but I was left with 3 lots of unallocated space.
How should I remove the partitions and get the unallocated space back
into one chunk?
Thanks
--
gillie

Carey Frisch [MVP]
07-10-2005, 01:04 AM
The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
Windows XP to delete all existing partitions:

1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device".

===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm

2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.
3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.
4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the existing
Windows partitions and you're done!

Alternative:

Download the free thirty day trial version of DriveScrubber
and use it.

DriveScrubber
http://www.iolo.com/ds/index.cfm

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Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User
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"Rosie" wrote:

| I need to return my notebook to the suppliers for
| repair/replacement/refund and I would like to know the best way to clear
| the disk totally. I have 3 partitions C:, D: and E: I can delete D: & E:
| from within XP but I can't see how to delete C: with XP on it. I did try
| using the XP CD as though I was going to re-install and I did get C:
| cleared but I was left with 3 lots of unallocated space.
| How should I remove the partitions and get the unallocated space back
| into one chunk?
| Thanks
| --
| gillie


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Rosie
07-10-2005, 01:04 AM
In message <OLRElwhWFHA.612@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl>, "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
<cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> writes
>The Windows XP CD is bootable and contains all the tools necessary
>to partition and format your drive. Follow this procedure and allow
>Windows XP to delete all existing partitions:
>
>1. Open your BIOS and set your "CD Drive as the first bootable device".
>
> ===> Accessing Motherboard BIOS
> ===> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/bios_manufacturer.htm
>
>2. Insert your Windows XP CD in the CD Drive and reboot your computer.
>3. You'll see a message to boot to the CD....follow the instructions.
>4. The setup menu will appear and you should elect to delete all the
>existing
> Windows partitions and you're done!
>
That is how I eventually deleted C: but I was left with 3 lots of
unallocated space. How do I get them back into _1_ unallocated block?
>Alternative:
>
>Download the free thirty day trial version of DriveScrubber
>and use it.
>
>DriveScrubber
>http://www.iolo.com/ds/index.cfm
>
I'll have a look at that.
Thanks Carey.
--
gillie

Jack C.
07-10-2005, 01:05 AM
On Mon, 16 May 2005 14:24:12 +0100, Rosie <mtg@purbeck.demon.co.uk>
wrote:

>I need to return my notebook to the suppliers for
>repair/replacement/refund and I would like to know the best way to clear
>the disk totally. I have 3 partitions C:, D: and E: I can delete D: & E:
>from within XP but I can't see how to delete C: with XP on it. I did try
>using the XP CD as though I was going to re-install and I did get C:
>cleared but I was left with 3 lots of unallocated space.
>How should I remove the partitions and get the unallocated space back
>into one chunk?
>Thanks

I'm pretty sure you can also delete partitions from the XP install
program. Check the options again.


Remove XPH from disk?