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I have a HP Pavilion dv2000 that I want to sell. But before that, I want to nuke the HDD and reinstall WinXP. The HDD currently has two partitions, one containing the OS (in NTFS) and one called RECOVERY (in FAT). I have burned a CD with DBAN and one with WinXP OEM. I found the website with all the drivers/utilities (link) but it will be a pain to figure out which ones I have to install.

I know that there are various options:

  • order the recovery CD from HP (takes too long)
  • install via my OEM disc and then install the drivers one-by-one
  • somehow get the second RECOVERY partition to use (idk how to do that)

    1. Which one of the three options is the fastest (if the last one, how is this accomplished?)?
    2. At the reasonable bare minimum, which of the drivers/utilities should I install from the HP website?
    3. Why does DBAN stop here when I type it autonuke? enter image description here

    4. Any other advice is appreciated.

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Fastest way to nuke/clean the HDD might be a full format. (DBAN would be faster, but a plain full format might have finished before you finish searching why it does not work. As for not-working, does it work if you (temporarily) disable firewire int he BIOS?) – Hennes Dec 30 '12 at 17:08
No files should be recoverable after a full format (note: full format, not quick format). It might not live up to mil/NSA spec wiping, but it is more than sufficient for normal usage. – Hennes Dec 30 '12 at 17:13
You can not format the partition you are booted from. But you can boot from a CD, select the right partition and do a full format. – Hennes Dec 30 '12 at 17:20
Is the HDD set to the proper AHCI mode (which needs a floppy with drivers if you use ancient windows XP) or to slower IDE mode (no additional drivers needed)? – Hennes Dec 30 '12 at 17:40
If you selected a 'recover' option then it is probably restoring an image to the drive. That will restore OS files, drivers and bloatware, but will not write to 'free space' on the drive. If you want to erase that, try filling the HDD with random data. There are many ways to do that. Download random crap until the disk is full, use cclenaers option to 'wipe free space only', but a linux live CD and cat /dev/zero > /dev/mounted_windows_drive/zero_file etc etyc. – Hennes Dec 30 '12 at 18:07
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"I looked through the BIOS for something else and I also have a "Media Card" reader that can be disabled. I thought "Hrm...that media card reader comes up as a drive in windows....maybe it's getting stuck on that." So I turned that off and DBAN ran fine. After it cleared my HD I went back into the BIOS and turned the eSATA back on.

So look in your BIOS for any card readers that might be detected as drives and turn them off if you can. If you CANT turn them off I would try throwing some media in them and maybe they will be detected properly and let you get by this issue."

DBAN and a fresh install is the way to go if that works.

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Thanks, I'll try that. Will DBAN kill both partitions and leave the MBR alone? – Wuschelbeutel Kartoffelhuhn Dec 30 '12 at 17:09
DBAN will nuke the whole drive. That includes all (both) partitions. – Hennes Dec 30 '12 at 17:11

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