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How to format hard disk from bios

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March 24, 2010 5:00:54 PM

Hello,
In my PC fedora linux,winXp Bothg are installed
I want 2 Format my pc and want 2 install xp only
but during the formate it is going blank
i tried win7 at the time of format it is shoing drive d is extended and i am unable 2 delete the pation
so,plz help me
thanks in advance

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March 25, 2010 12:36:36 AM

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Hello,
In my PC fedora linux,winXp Bothg are installed
I want 2 Format my pc and want 2 install xp only
but during the formate it is going blank
i tried win7 at the time of format it is shoing drive d is extended and i am unable 2 delete the pation
so,plz help me
thanks in advance


Your best bet is to completely wipe the hard drive using something like DBAN. This will get rid of everything on the hard drive, including the partition table. Windows will see a completely blank hard drive and should install normally.
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March 25, 2010 6:32:31 PM

The option to format from the BIOS went a good few years back, the low level format it used to perform is no longer required. As MU_Engineer says DBAN is a good way to go, alternatively you could download the gparted live CD which will allow you to do much the same thing as Partition Magic.
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