Article ID : 00023360 / Last Modified : 09/10/2018

How to remove all partitions from the hard drive.

    WARNING: There is a risk of data loss. All software applications, configurations, and data added to the restored drives will be erased.

    NOTES:

    • If the computer was bundled with the Windows® XP operating system, or if one or more of the hard drives is partitioned as an NTFS drive, a different utility must be used to remove all partitions from the hard drive.
    • If a third-party partitioning utility was used to partition the drive, contact the third-party manufacturer to remove the partitions.
    1. Locate the System Recovery CD.
    2. Insert the System Recovery CD in the CD/DVD drive.
    3. Restart the computer.
    4. On the System Recovery Welcome Screen, press the C key.
    5. Press the Y key to access the DOS prompt.
    6. To the right of the A:\ prompt, type FDISK/MBR.
    7. Press the ENTER key.
    8. To the right of the A:\ prompt, type FDISK.
    9. Press the ENTER key.
    10. On the Large Disk Support screen, press the Y key.
    11. Press the Enter key.
    12. On the FDISK Options screen, press the 3 key.
    13. Press the ENTER key.
    14. On the Delete DOS partition or Logical DOS drive screen, press the 1 key.
    15. Press the ENTER key.
    16. On the Delete Primary DOS Partition screen, press the 1 key.
    17. Press the ENTER key.
    18. Enter the Volume Label and press the ENTER key.
    19. Press the Y key to confirm DOS partition deletion.
    20. Press the ENTER key.
    21. Press ESC to continue.
    22. Press ESC to exit FDISK.
    23. Press CTRL + ALT + DELETE to restart the computer.