Recently, I was given 2 unit of Dell PowerEdge computer with Intel Pentium 4 processor running at 2,4GHz, 256MB RAM and a 40GB hard disk. It was install with a Linux OS but I don't know what Distro it is. When power on it show bunch of text and it hang and the last message was a Kernel panic. But it is still ok since I am going to format the computer with another Distro. That is where the problem start. I cannot format the computer at all. Is it possible for a Linux Distro to protect the computer from being formatted or is it the hardware already fail? Thanks in advance to anyone who help.