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How to reformat WD raptor?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by The_One, 1 Jun 2006.

  1. The_One


    Joined: 27 Dec 2003

    Posts: 12,970

    I have a WD raptor for sale in the marketplace, the drive is currently in the pc i am using at the moment and has the os running on it.

    I have a seperate HD which holds all my personal programs etc.

    How do i go about wiping/formatting the WD Raptor when its currently my main drive with os on it :confused:

    OS is windows XP by the way
  2. Global_Inferno


    Joined: 1 Mar 2004

    Posts: 859

    Location: Cardiff, UK

    Simple... So long as it's your primary drive. You cant.
  3. Messiah Khan


    Joined: 1 Sep 2005

    Posts: 9,998

    Location: Scottish Highlands

    Put you xp cd in and boot up, as if you were going to reinstall windows, then go to the repair mode, which is like dos, and run format from there. I think that should work. If not, then get hold of a windows 95/98 recovery disk and run dos from that. Or get another drive, install window on it, and add the current OS drive as a secondary drive and format from windows.
  4. Bonjour_Rodney


    Joined: 13 Nov 2004

    Posts: 207

    Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

    Take it out and get a kind mate to do it for you as his secondry drive.
  5. El_Watcher


    Joined: 1 Apr 2004

    Posts: 2,981

    Location: Herts, UK

    Get hold of the Western Digital drive installation software which should be bootable off CD, then use that to completely remove the partition.
  6. smids


    Joined: 18 Dec 2004

    Posts: 6,568

    Location: London/Kent

    Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools from DOS floppy or bootable CD then run a low level format (or write zeroes to the drive). This will ensure there is very little chance of data recovery on the drive.
  7. The_One


    Joined: 27 Dec 2003

    Posts: 12,970

    Cheers :)