Blow away entire hard drive,remove everything with Terminal(cmdline)
Problem computer is upsetting me. The hard drive is just full of unused, messed up partitions,a failed install of some sort + some other stuff i would bet. 5 disk identifiers alone don't appear to be for anything........ OSX won't install, doesn't even see the drive. Graphical diskutility isn't really floating my boat as usual. I can't eject the install DVD, so can't use Linux i know and trust.
from what i can see, bunch of tiny partitions that don't do anything. not sure what was done to this hard drive and don't want to delve into bunch of specifics that would only be more for everyone to read and shouldn't matter once i know the answer to my question.
I would just like to know what i can do in terminal (OSX snow leopard boot CD) to just blow away everything, every single partition and the MBR and it's mom, just flatten the entire thing so I can get on with doing a fresh format and install. Familiar with bash, just not all that familiar with OSX's diskutil commands and options.
you know i could stick and apple spudger in there and get that snow leopard DVD out, should be able to use a linux tool I know...... but would like to know the few short commands in terminal that could make this an easy fix (just wait until it does a low level zero of the entire drive and go do something else while i wait).
Is this a good question?