How to wipe hard drive that has no OS

senarae - Nov 12, 2011 at 11:41 PM
 senarae - Nov 13, 2011 at 09:18 PM

We got a fresh built computer Friday w/the following components:

ASUS m5a97 motherboard
Seagate Barracuda 750GB Hard Drive
Radeon 4350 graphics/video card
450v power supply

BIOS is accessible, EZ or Advanced mode

We have and external ASUS CD drive.


We tried to load a DELL Windows XP Home OS CD on there.... OOPS. Didn't work because it could not detect hard drive when we selected INSTALL XP. It went fine until that point.

We have a disk now that is supposed to work. It won't.


Did the DELL disc mess up the hard drive so that we can't load our new disc?

How can we wipe the hard drive (BIOS is only thing available) so we can try the new disc again??

Please help!

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Nov 13, 2011 at 01:40 PM
You can download Killdisk from the internet. It has an option to boot into DOS and erase the hard drive.

Windows XP does not have the drivers for the latest SATA controllers. I would go to the BIOS setup, & change the disk controller setting from AHCI to IDE.

Good Luck
Thank you so much, changed the BIOS setting to IDE and it worked great!