Looking for a Live CD type of deleting tool

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  1. 357mag

    357mag Registered Member

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    I'm looking for a utility that will allow me to delete partitions including the Windows system partition. I was wondering if the Acronis Disk Director would allow me to do this.

    Plus I need to know if I can run it from a Live CD(bootable CD), so I don't have to actually install the program.
     
  2. MudCrab

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    DD will delete partitions, including Windows partitions. DD will also handle most other partition operations.

    If you get the retail version of DD, I'm pretty sure it comes with a bootable CD. Otherwise, you'll need to create a bootable CD using the Media Builder program after installing DD in Windows. You can install DD in a VM and create the ISO for burning to a CD if you don't want to install it on your real system.

    The Full Mode version of DD is Linux-based. The Safe Mode version is DOS-based. Both can be included on the DD CD and you can select which you want when you boot it.
     
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    I just tested the Retail Disc of DD10 and it booted up automatically and was working fine as a stand alone "Live" utility.

    I use the rescue media written from the windows installation, so I also was not sure of DD10's "Live" capabilities.

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    I have been using the rescue media as a very good "delete partition" ( with "wipe" capacity to insure no crosstalk or encumbrances) for well over a year and a half in "stand alone mode" and it does so expertly.

    Of course it also does every thing else (create partitions; move partitions; change drive letters; convert from primary to active and visa-versa; and many other processes as stated in their manual).

    It may not do so with out multiple boots but over all it does them at a 90% rate. The minor corruptions are all correctable or not needing correction as the corruptions are innocuous for most home usage purposes. It also has the ability to see into an un-bootable multi-boot set up to correct the main culprits: drive letter inconsistencies; incorrect "active" designations and "boot.ini" partition inaccuracies.

    The latest corruption I have run across in "copy partition" mode is the incapacitation of XP's defragment service. Downloading a freeware defragger works 100% OK to correct this corruption.
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    I think the above pane puts the final nail into this question's coffin.
     
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    I have two hard drives in my machine, and both of them are SATA. I kinda get the feeling that I would have to use the Safe Mode version of the Rescue CD. Otherwise the Linux version probably would not see my drives.
     
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    I have only SATA drives in my PC and the Linux mode works perfectly. You could download the trial version and test it out if you really want to know if your drives are supported in the Linux recovery mode.
     
  6. 357mag

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    I downloaded the Trial Version and in the Full Version Mode DD did not detect my drives.

    So I switched to the Safe Mode and it did detect both drives.
     
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