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Old 22nd March 2008, 06:13 PM   #1
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Default Tiny PC system install

hi after reading the post link

I am wondering how to completely wipe the partitions on the hard drive, users Pinkmouse & Gfinlayson seemed to be able to figure out how to format the tiny pc hard drive, but they dont say in the post how they did it.

does anyone know how to get round the "block" on the hard disk so that i can install another copy of windows on the hard disk rather than using the recovery disk supplied by tiny
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Old 22nd March 2008, 06:49 PM   #2
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If you have a cd copy of winxp and the correct code, it's easy.

Boot from the cd

You will get to a screen which asks about repair, reinstall etc

choose options to delete existing partition and then reformat and reinstall xp

get drivers off the net.




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Old 22nd March 2008, 08:24 PM   #3
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but tiny lock the hard drive to prevent you from installing on the hard disk. there is a hidden partition that prevents install.
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Old 22nd March 2008, 08:58 PM   #4
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HI.

Go to this thread, post 10


Hard Drive problem


I posted this file some time ago. If you follow the instructions, it will completely reformat your drive. All data will be lost.

(In fact, you only have to run it for a few seconds while it wipes the start of the drive, othewise it takes ages !!!)


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When Graeme did mine, he used some sort of command line utility to delete the partition and reformat the HD with just one partition. Sorry, I can't remember what it was called, but at a guess, it looks like Andy's linked programme will do the same thing.

Oh, and my mum did end up with the iBook.
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Just as an aside on Maxllf

It is a very useful utility from Maxtor but works with many other brands of drive.

I use it from a floppy with win98 DOS.

It performs a 'proper' low level format on the drive and remaps any bad sectors to the 'hidden' table.

If the drive has bad sectors and maxllf cannot remap them, the drive really is scrap.

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Just as an aside on Maxllf

It is a very useful utility from Maxtor but works with many other brands of drive.

I use it from a floppy with win98 DOS.

It performs a 'proper' low level format on the drive and remaps any bad sectors to the 'hidden' table.

If the drive has bad sectors and maxllf cannot remap them, the drive really is scrap.

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Technically speaking you cannot do a true "low level format" on modern drives. The correct term is "Reinitialization" which can be done by zero-filling the hard drive.

If you have a drive with known bad sectors I suggest a program called "HDD Regenerator". This program will actually try to physically restore bad sectors instead of just sweeping them under the rug so to speak.

A good zero-fill tool improperly labeled as a low-level formatter is "HDGURU HDD Low Level Format Tool".
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Some utility?

fdisk /mbr

That's all she wrote. I also disclaim any loss of data that might occur, 'cause there won't be any "master boot record" after that command.

Low level format??? It's 2008. Bad sectors are repaired with dollar bills.
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Technically speaking you cannot do a true "low level format" on modern drives. The correct term is "Reinitialization" which can be done by zero-filling the hard drive.

If you have a drive with known bad sectors I suggest a program called "HDD Regenerator". This program will actually try to physically restore bad sectors instead of just sweeping them under the rug so to speak.

All hard drives are low level formatted before leaving the factory and the bad sectors are remapped with spare sectors. So, in a sense, yes, the bad sectors are "swept under the carpet". This happens as all new hard drives have bad sectors.


As for repairing with dollar bills... recycle, reuse, repair
Use the warranty service provided by the manufacturer.


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All hard drives are low level formatted before leaving the factory and the bad sectors are remapped with spare sectors.
Yes, but what I meant is YOU cannot do a true low level format.

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So, in a sense, yes, the bad sectors are "swept under the carpet". This happens as all new hard drives have bad sectors.
Yes, but why hide them if there is a chance they can be repaired. Besides, a hard drive has a limited remapping ability and will run out of "spare sectors" sooner or later so it is better to try and fix them.
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