How Can I wipe my hard drive from the login screen on Windows XP?

I found a pc but the hard drive has a lock on it. I can't get past it and want to reuse the hard drive on my new computer. So how can i wipe it clean?

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lemonie8 years ago
What do you mean by "the hard drive has a lock on it" - that the machine is password protected and you want to get around that? Where did you "find" it?
Just plug the thing in to the new computer and configure in BIOS not as a bootable drive. You should be able to use it or at least scrub it.

LetsExplodeSomething (author)  lemonie8 years ago
Yes it's protected
Remove the hard drive, plug it into the new machine (not as a boot device). L
LetsExplodeSomething (author)  lemonie8 years ago
That's it?
As far as I understand the problem, yes. The OS on the new computer should recognise the old drive, and allow you to format / repartition it. If the old machine has password protection, the only way you'll take with the drive when you remove it, is if it's a Windows password. But that's not going to stop you using the drive unless you try to boot the new machine off the old drive (which you wouldn't) L
LetsExplodeSomething (author)  lemonie8 years ago
ok i reformatted the hdd but towards the end it aborted and gave me this message; "Windows was unable to complete the format." i tried it a second time and it did the same thing. What did i do wrong?
I've not known that error. Did you do an error check on it?
I don't believe you've done anything wrong, but as an old drive it may be faulty / damaged.
Check it for errors (in the same place you have the Format option)

What brand and model pc is it? some do have ways to wipe the hard drive; we just need more info. -Bob
Emachines T3410 I think I jist want the hdd the rest of it is junk at the moment the hdd is in an old lg
gmxx8 years ago
I would boot the computer with a linux disc... use DBAN (google it) Davids boot an nuke... it will wipe the hard drive of everything. Then you can install windows or a linux variant-- I would use ubuntu.
fwjs288 years ago