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Default Selling my 10v - easiest way to wipe 10v? - 10-09-2010, 08:11 AM

Bearing in mind that I do not have an additional dvd drive, how would I wipe the hard disk? Is there a program I can use that boots via USB? Or, should I just take the hard drive out, plug into my PC and wipe that way? (will that void the warranty?)

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Default 10-09-2010, 12:05 PM

It's easy to boot off a Linux USB drive to wipe a drive, or you can pull the drive and wipe it in a another PC. But I wouldn't wipe it, until you know how you're reinstalling the OS. Do you plan to have the OEM Windows XP installed after wiping?

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Default 10-09-2010, 02:24 PM

Normally, I use Darik's Boot and Nuke (DBAN), but I don't see that it easily supports booting from a USB drive. (I know it's possible, but you'd have to separately create a DOS bootable USB stick.) Try Active @ Kill Disk instead. You want the DOS Bootable Disk Creator (second down in right column.)

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Default 10-09-2010, 02:38 PM

does your system still have the Dell Restore Partition on it, if so just use that

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Default 10-09-2010, 09:07 PM

Partedmagic comes with a script called "Erase disk" that should guide you through it. You can create a Partedmagic usb with Unetbootin
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