Once I started to use the program, I followed the instrucitons and went to local disk, then it said to go to unallocated then it sayed to permanatly erase all data from this device, hit f10, so I did then I restarted my PC and the old winxp was still there. Shuold I have selected local disk and go from there. A bit confused on this.
Like Kalim said though, there is really no need for using 3rd party programs unless if you are trying to wipe away sensitive information. If you have a xp disk then you can format your drive from there.
OK. The "free one" is the free version of it; 3.1 and theres a professional licensed version retailing too.
If the HDD is Master, you will have to configure the settings of your computer at bootup to boot from the floppy.
*When the computer starts, on the first black screen (POST) press F8 (some may be F4) and it'll give you a boot from menu.
*Choose boot from floppy A drive and hit enter.
Then you'll get the above screens. Make sure you know what drive letter and name the HDD you want formatting is. Then in the first screen above (similar layout diff keys), choose that drive, press F10 and then the next screen will come up. Follow those instructions and it will definitely be deleted, unless you have a corrupt drive.
If in any case you have a corrupt drive, it will display a prompt and you will be able to abort the deletion.
If it still fails you but shows its been successful in formatting, then use Dban as linderman has stated above.
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