+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 11 of 11
Windows Thread, Quickest way format C: drive in Technical; We have lot of laptops that need to go back soon from a 3 year rental aggreement. What i want ...
  1. #1
    tosca925's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Midlands
    Posts
    1,547
    Thank Post
    4
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    22

    Quickest way format C: drive

    We have lot of laptops that need to go back soon from a 3 year rental aggreement. What i want to know is you thoughs or practices on the quickest way of formatting the c:drive before we send them back.

    Theya re all XP laptops withno internal floppy, but come with a USB floppy.

    Whats your quickest way?

  2. #2
    ajbritton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wandsworth
    Posts
    1,632
    Thank Post
    23
    Thanked 75 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    35

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    If you really want to wipe 'em, I would recommend Darik's Boot & Nuke (DBAN) at http://dban.sourceforge.net/

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Elgin, Scotland
    Posts
    387
    Thank Post
    1
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    24

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    Six inch nail through the platters...? :twisted:

  4. #4
    alan-d's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Sutton Coldfield
    Posts
    2,422
    Thank Post
    360
    Thanked 259 Times in 190 Posts
    Rep Power
    77

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    Not tried it but you could wipe one, create an image and send it to the rest. Yes I know it won't be totally blank but all the info will be overwritten.

    Just a thought

  5. #5

    Geoff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Fylde, Lancs, UK.
    Posts
    11,850
    Thank Post
    110
    Thanked 598 Times in 514 Posts
    Blog Entries
    1
    Rep Power
    227

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    For completeness, here's how to securely "zero" an entire partition or disk, eg: /dev/hda1 (partition) or /dev/hda (disk), in Linux:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda1 # partition
    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda # disk

    Note that other disks or partitions may exist: /dev/hdb, /dev/hdc, /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, etc. Usually disks will be listed in output of 'dmesg'.

    Many disks have multiple partitions. 'fdisk -l <disk>' will list these.

    If you're using devfs, partition and disk names will differ from those above, looking instead like '/dev/disks/disk1/lun0/part1', etc.

    Instead of using /dev/zero you can use /dev/urandom or /dev/random and overwrite the disk/partition with random data rather than zeros.

  6. #6

    SpuffMonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    2,268
    Thank Post
    55
    Thanked 285 Times in 191 Posts
    Rep Power
    136

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    Quote Originally Posted by tosca925
    We have lot of laptops that need to go back soon from a 3 year rental aggreement. What i want to know is you thoughs or practices on the quickest way of formatting the c:drive before we send them back.

    Theya re all XP laptops withno internal floppy, but come with a USB floppy.

    Whats your quickest way?
    I'd check with the leasing company's disposal team first. I spent ages wiping 46 desktop PCs, only to be told at pick up time that they were going to be crushed!

  7. #7
    tosca925's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Midlands
    Posts
    1,547
    Thank Post
    4
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    Rep Power
    22

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    These wont be crushed they will be sold on in bulk all 90. They are AMD 2000 with 40gb hdd and 512 ram.

  8. #8
    sahmeepee's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Greater Manchester
    Posts
    795
    Thank Post
    20
    Thanked 70 Times in 42 Posts
    Rep Power
    34

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    DBAN is definitely the best way for security. It's not quick, but you could set them all going at once and leave them overnight I guess.

    It's worth checking with them to see if they'll guarantee securely wiping the data. I know all the big computer recycling firms will give you a receipt which states that.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    King\'s Lynn, Norfolk
    Posts
    4
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    I have use something called "Zap" from IBM, It's floppy based and only a few bytes in size so will fit on a boot disk. Boot with the floppy, at the A:\ prompt type zap 0, answer the are you sure message, job done in seconds

  10. #10
    ChrisH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    East Lancs
    Posts
    5,007
    Thank Post
    124
    Thanked 286 Times in 263 Posts
    Rep Power
    109

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    If its done in seconds it must just be a quick format or something. I wont be a secure erase like what the others are after it seems.

  11. #11

    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Leicester, UK
    Posts
    123
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: Quickest way format C: drive

    format -q

    .matt



SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Permissions on your simsroot/sims drive/s: drive
    By Oops_my_bad in forum MIS Systems
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 30th August 2014, 10:41 PM
  2. Quickest way of making lots of jpegs smaller
    By thegrassisgreener in forum Web Development
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 5th November 2007, 12:46 PM
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10th October 2007, 08:57 AM
  4. Replies: 7
    Last Post: 8th July 2007, 10:40 PM
  5. Replies: 14
    Last Post: 15th June 2006, 10:11 AM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •