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Question: securely wipe and clean hard drive

Hi,

I'm thinking of selling my laptop soon and was wondering what the best way to completly shred all of my data on the hard drive?

Cheers,
CB

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Preferred Solution: securely wipe and clean hard drive

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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If I want to completely and securely wipe my hard drive so that there is nothing recoverable left, will a clean win 10 install with formatting do this?

Or do I need to first use killdisk or something similar to wipe the drive, then install windows?

if I use a tool like that, will I still be able to install windows 10 by creating a bootable USB? or will my USB drivers be gone, and if so, how should I do this?

Sorry I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I tried searching for a guide on this process and all I'm getting are the basic instructions on a clean install which don't exactly answer these questions.

Answer:Will a clean install securely wipe the entire hard drive?

You would need to use killdisk as I believe Windows Installer only uses quick format during installation to cut down the install time.

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If I want to completely and securely wipe my hard drive so that there is nothing recoverable left, will a clean win 10 install with formatting do this?

Or do I need to first use killdisk or something similar to wipe the drive, then install windows?

if I use a tool like that, will I still be able to install windows 10 by creating a bootable USB? or will my USB drivers be gone, and if so, how should I do this?

Sorry I'm sure this has been discussed before, but I tried searching for a guide on this process and all I'm getting are the basic instructions on a clean install which don't exactly answer these questions.

Answer:Will a clean install securely wipe the entire hard drive?

You would need to use killdisk as I believe Windows Installer only uses quick format during installation to cut down the install time.

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Is there a Windows program that will securely wipe a hard drive's contents? I have a number of old HDDs we are going to get rid of, and I was planning connecting them to my external USB ports, as opposed to powering on and off a spare system each time I need to use a new drive? I'd rather just connect them to a running system and blank each one.
 

Answer:Securely wipe a hard drive (ah, but a catch!)

Disk Eraser would work.
http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/download.php
 

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Hi,

I believe I have malware infections on my PC - I have another topic going in the relevant area, meanwhile, as a fall back I'm preparing to reformat and reinstall.

I have 2 internal drives, both 300GB, and 2 External drives

I understand the process to reinstall, and I'm a little paranoid that a standad format instruction may leave residue data, I'd like to be able to wipe and rewipe several times to make sure nothing survives.
Does anyone know of an application or technique I can use here please, or have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

Answer:How Do I Securely Wipe Hard Drive Prior To Vista Reinstall

This free program will wipe your drives clean: http://dban.sourceforge.net/Just follow the instructions there and you'll get rid of everything.But, for most virus infections it's not necessary to go to these lengths - a simple format will kill most everything.

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Hi,

I'm planning to sell my old laptop after I transfer my files to a new one. Then I would like to sell the old laptop. I want to make sure though that none of the old data is accessible or "un-deletable" by hackers and the like. I also want to make sure I wipe the old laptop correctly so that it still functions.

I have all my original installation and driver disks, so is there any recommendations on how to go about this?

I ask because I'm not sure if the usual reformatting/clean install of windows will completely get rid of old data on the computer.

Answer:Easiest way to securely wipe hard drive and reformat laptop for resale

You're absolutely correct in thinking that. You can use a utility like KillDisk ([email protected] Kill Disk Hard Drive Eraser. Low Level Format.). Essentially, it will eliminate everything on the hard disk and replace it with zeros in each sector. They have both a Windows and DOS (Bootable) utility. One run should deter most hackers but if you want added security, you can run through it three times or to the US Department of Defense standard where they will consider it unrecoverable, which is seven times.

After that, you can use your recovery media to reinstall the OS and its applications and updates and what not.

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I am listing my X220 for sale and wonder how I can securely erase the hard disk drive. I have been using Mac OS X since its inception, and was trying to determine whether I wished to return to Windows with this machine. I know how I would proceed with a Mac but not on the Thinkpad. The drive lists three partitions/drives.C: Windows 7D: Lenovo Recovery (I have the recovery disks)E: Service002 I would like to erase securely so that the data would be unrecoverable, and wonder how that is done with leaving the D: sector intact (and maybe the E: sector?).  

Answer:How to securely clean X220 hard drive

Hello,
 
I do not have an X220 myself, but I believe the recovery disks allow you to perform a full restore that erases the entire contents of the hard disk drive as one of the recovery options.
 
Regards,
 
Aryeh Goretsky
 

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Hi Folks,

I just did a clean install of Win7 and must have done something wrong. I found a file called Windows.old.

I would like to wipe my hard drive completely clean and then install a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium.

How do I accomplish this task? It's a good time to start over because I'm just at the stage of adding the security software. Already did the drivers but don't mind doing those over again.

I have a Dell 5150, Pentium D820, Dual Core 2.8 GHz with 3 GBs memory.

Many thanks,

ms

Answer:Clean Install of Win7 - Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you a regular Windows 7 installation disk, with Product Key?

If so, boot from that disk by setting your DVD drive as the first boot device in the BIOS or by choosing the DVD drive from a menu. Do you know how to do that?

Midway in the installation process you will come to a screen that asks where you want to install Windows. Look for "drive options, advanced" or something very close to that. Take that choice.

At the next screen, all of your partitions will be shown. Delete them all.

That will leave you with nothing but "unallocated space".

When you install to the unallocated space, it will be automatically formatted by Windows and you should end up with a very small "System Reserved" partition and a large C partition covering the rest of the drive.

Back up your data before beginning.

Windows.old is your old installation. If you proceed as above, you won't get it.

With 3 GB of RAM, you should probably go with 32-bit.

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I have a computer that is going to be given to someone else. It currently contains sensitive information in Outlook as well as in text documents. I know how to find all the pictures and text documents and how to delete the Outlook PST files; but, this Outlook is on an exchange server which I am not familiar with that.

I plan to first delete all I know how to delete (which I may need to know the name of the exchange server file for Outlook), empty the recycle bin, do a disk cleanup, remove the disk from the computer, connect it as a secondary in another computer, delete hiberfil.sys and pagefile.sys and then run a few passes of CIPHER /W:[x]

Suggestions?

To be clear, I don't want to spend all the time it takes to restore the computer to complete factory settings. Wiping the free space will be sufficient.
 

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Hi to all you computer Experts out there!!!!
I need some one to take me step by step "SLOWLY" and tell me how I can wipe my Hard Drive completely Clean, as if it was right out of the box.
I am not all that bright when it comes to computers......But come on.....How tough can it be, if you are taken through it one step at a time?
Please don't use computer Lingo while holding my hand through this...Just tell me as simply as you can, how a computer browser type of person can do this task all by themselves........there has to be some one out there that wants to share the secret?
I have a few buddies who do it all the time, and when I ask them how to do it...they just say, that it is to difficult to explain....as if it is a Big Dark Secret.
I would Love to be able to do it myself...........can some body tell me the easiest way to do it?
Or.......is there any Software that I can purchase that will do it all for me?
I really need your HELP!!!!!!
Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Rick
 

Answer:How do I wipe my Hard Drive Clean, as if New?

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I am about to give away my computer (windows 98). Should I buy $40 software to erase the hard drive stuff, or is there a cheap or free and EASY way to do it. I'm no expert.

Thanks
 

Answer:wipe clean a hard drive

here is a program called eraser ,i have never used it but some of the pro techguys talk about it. read about it and i hope it will help you.

http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/
 

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Hey there mates.

I'm currently in the process of building a new computer and am aiming to nuke my old hard drive due to the fact that I'll be using it as a sort of secondary drive for the bulk of items, but I'll be using a new SSD as the drive that contains the OS. On top of that, I know you are probably thinking that I should just move the OS from my HDD to my SSD, but I sort of acquired the Win 10 OS on my HDD from a less than ethical source, so it sort of has quite a few bugs in it that I can't seem to exterminate.

TL;DR: How do I wipe a hard drive, OS and all, and still have it used as a secondary drive?

Answer:How to wipe a hard drive clean?

Formatting will usually do the trick, but sometimes........little pieces may be left. I've always used Dariks Boot and Nuke. Works like a charm and its free.

Darik's Boot and Nuke download | SourceForge.net

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I have an old pc - Pentium 1/75, 850mb, windows 95. Is there a charity which can use such a thing? If so, I would like to wipe clean the hard disk, and am not sure how to do this.

Answer:Wipe clean hard drive

A standard format should be good enough but if your paranoid then Drive cleaners :- Space Odyssey click hereG-Lock Temp Cleaner 2.0 click here

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I have an old pc lying around with windows XP on it this was upgraded, it has loads of corrupted files and lots of error reports. I would like to clean it totally and run the op system afresh, unlike my newer pc this does not have a f key to press to take me to recovery but i do have a recovery disc, when i ran this it just copied over the exiting windows and did nothing what would be the best thing to do.

Answer:I want to Wipe My Hard drive Clean

Start, Run, 'cmd', Enter.'format c:' Enter.

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Hi
I'm selling my notebook and i wanted to do a clean hd clean, and reinstall xp. How do i wipe the HD clean without purchasing anything software?

Thanks
 

Answer:Wipe Hard Drive Clean

Do you have the xp cd? or just a recover cd?
 

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I have recently purchased a new laptop prior to going traveling. I would like to recycle my AMD p c (running Windows 10) , I would like to pass it on to a friend or to a charity shop. Is there any way to wipe clean the hard drive so nobody can see my old files .
Thanks in anticipation DTS
 

Answer:Wipe Clean the hard drive on my PC

If you want to blank out the hard drive and leave nothing on it then use DBAN: http://www.dban.org/download

If you want to leave only Windows 10 on it then use the built-in Windows 10 Reset with the "Remove Everything" and the "Fully Clean the drive" option: http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4130-reset-windows-10-a.html
 

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Hey there mates.

I'm currently in the process of building a new computer and am aiming to nuke my old hard drive due to the fact that I'll be using it as a sort of secondary drive for the bulk of items, but I'll be using a new SSD as the drive that contains the OS. On top of that, I know you are probably thinking that I should just move the OS from my HDD to my SSD, but I sort of acquired the Win 10 OS on my HDD from a less than ethical source, so it sort of has quite a few bugs in it that I can't seem to exterminate.

TL;DR: How do I wipe a hard drive, OS and all, and still have it used as a secondary drive?

Answer:How to wipe a hard drive clean?

Formatting will usually do the trick, but sometimes........little pieces may be left. I've always used Dariks Boot and Nuke. Works like a charm and its free.

Darik's Boot and Nuke download | SourceForge.net

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What is the easiest way to completly wipe my hard disc clean to enable me to start again with a clean slate (as it were).Those of you who have seen my previous postings will know that I am a complete novice with my computer so any help or advice should be as simple as posible. I am now using Windows XP Home Edition with S.P.1 and have the disc.Has the proceedure been published in PCAdvisor at any time?

Answer:How to wipe clean my hard drive?

If you have a Windows start up, or boot floppy disc you'll be able to insert it into the drive and format it from there. Format drive C:After a time it will be ready for you to insert the Windows XP CD and that should take it from there, following on-screen instructions.

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I'm planning on buying a new computer soon. Although I don't have anything that important or personal on my hard drive right now, I would prefer it to be completely clean before getting rid of it. Do you know a program or an application that would help me achieve this effectively, besides running over it with my car a few times?

Thank you
 

Answer:How to wipe clean a hard drive

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I want to completely erase all files on a hard drive before disposing or selling the machine. Any ideas on how to make sure this is done thouroughly.

Answer:Wipe hard drive clean

Try this.click here

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i'm trying to completely erase my hard drive with SecurErase.I boot up from the cd fine,but then i find the mouse wont move the arrow to perform the tasksI have Vista installed and i want to completley erase it and re-install Vista again.Has anyone any ideas as to why i cant move the arrowmany thanks

Answer:trying to wipe clean hard drive

I can only think that the mouse driver has been erased. can you try to reload it.

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I got from a friend an old computer that is windows 95. I know most people might think it is junk, but I just want to have it for my kids to play on. Anyways, it's windows 95 and you can't use windows update anymore for windows 95. I want to wipe the hard drive clean and install windows 98 cause a friend lent me the cd. Most people might say,"get winxp!!" but I dont want to spend any money if you get my drift. So, my question is, how do you wipe the hard drive clean and install windows 98, doing it safely. Please help!!
 

Answer:I want to wipe my hard drive clean!!

For this you will need the win 98 cd.
Do you have it?
 

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HI i need to wipe my hard drive clean. I don't what anything left on it after the format. I want to sell it without operating system on it. I've tried to do this with the XP cd but it just installs a fresh copy of windows back on. Can anyone help Please...
 

Answer:Wipe Hard drive clean

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I am a new user to the site and need some assistance from the forum members.

I need help to Wipe my Hard Drive Clear. I would like to completely re-install Windows XP.

I currently have a virus which requires my computer to start with fresh O/S. My computer is completely glogged with virus & spyware.
I have Norton, however, can not get to the internet to update/register.

Can someone give me the directions or best approach to clearing my hard drive of Windows XP for total re-install?
I have already tried several time to re-install Windows XP the current O/S. The current O/S setting has XP service Pack 3.

Thanks,

Sircas

Answer:I need to Wipe my Hard Drive Clean on my Tecra M3

hi,

You can format with Windows itself while installing. You can also format with other software like Acronis driver cleanser, Partition magic, East-Tec DisposeSecure creating a bootable media. I use them when I want to preform a low level formatting, they are shareware but you can find in Google how to activate them. You can also make a search for free utility <a href=http://smiles2k.net/><img src=http://i.smiles2k.net/icq_smiles/28.gif border=0></a>

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I don't know if this is the right forum for this question, but I'll give it a try.

I have an 'old' desktop IBM Aptiva which I am planning to donate or recycle. BUT FIRST I want to get all info off the hard drive so no one can later access it by any means. (I've heard stories of people who have erased or deleted or even re-formatted and yet the info is STILL able to be accessed.)

Any advise?

Thanks.
 

Answer:wipe clean or delete hard drive

This will do the job for you.. http://dban.sourceforge.net/
 

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I have owned a Dell computer for several years and for the most part have had great success with it. I got a 500 gig backup and a few months ago was told that my registry was probably causing the periodic blue screen death notice. So, they said, start over.

First, it turns out I do not have a Windows XP cd for this computer. It did not come with one. I believe I do have the back up on the hard drive itself. I also have another computer that does have a Windows XP CD with it but I don't know if I should start swapping CD's as I have heard bad things can happen.

So my question: I am a little concerned about the whole thing and wonder if it is worth while. If so, is there a web site you can suggest that will walk me through the process? Will starting over resolve all registry issues? Or, am I just asking for trouble>>

Thanks for any advice.
 

Answer:Starting over with a clean wipe of hard drive

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Hello,

I have an external hard drive (that I connect via usb) which I would like to wipe clean. I know that there are programs for doing this to your internal hard drive (such as heidi/eraser and dban) but is there on that will allow me to select the drive that I want to wipe clean ? or will one of the above do that for me? I was using the external hard drive to back up my pc and have deleted the backups and used the format option but I know that just using format will not really wipe it completely clean.

Thanks so Very Much,

Lisa
 

Answer:wipe clean an external hard drive

Eraser (http://majorgeeks.com/Eraser_d4221.html) can perform that function for you. Freeware, secure, spyware free... can't go wrong! I personally recommend at least 3 passes.
 

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Hi, I occasionally buy laptops off customers, wipe them or destroy the hard drive and use the laptop with another hard drive.*

My question; is there any decent software around that I can use to totally wipe the hard drive of any data so I can reuse the hard drive in the laptop without the data later being traced.*

Thanks in advance
 

Answer:Is there any software that can wipe a hard drive totally clean and untraceable?

Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") run with multiple passes of pseudo-random number fills should make all data unrecoverable using any known recovery means.
 

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In the past few months my computer has been slower, when I try and have it go to sleep (Stand By) it won?t, and programs are not opening (specifically itunes and eBook, for Sony Reader).

I decided to try and reboot/reformat my hard drive. I have Windows Vista (32-bit CD and license key. How do I wipe my hard drive clean and start over (as if new from factory)?

System and other info:
Windows XP Professional
version 5.1.2600, Service Pack 3 build 2600
System: Gateway
Model: MX6453
System Type: x86-based PC

Security Software: CA Security Center

I have the CD for Office, and my printer. I should be able to get all other programs I need (itunes, eBook for Sony Reader, AIM, Skype, etc).

I?ve tried defragging, scan disk, uninstalling programs, etc.

Thanks for your help,
Jessica

Answer:How do I wipe my hard drive clean (back to factory setting)?

I always use one of the two following programs for this purpose. Both are excellent:

Low Level Format = Writing Zeros

Active-Kill-Disk-Hard-Drive-Eraser

/OR/

To completely erase all data on the drive(s), download DBAN and create a floppy disk to use.

Enter the BIOS setup menu and set the boot order to 'floppy first', then reboot with the DBAN floppy inserted in the drive.

It will completely and securely wipe everything off your hard drive.

Precautionary Note: Anytime you use one of these programs, it is a good idea to unhook other hard drives, because some of these programs can wipe more than one drive at a time.

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Whats the proper way to wipe my hard drive for a clean install of Win2k?
 

Answer:Whats the proper way to wipe my hard drive for a clean install of Win2k?

Just us the Install CD. From there, it will ask you if you want to remove any existing partitions and reformat the drive. Black Viper has a great guide on installing Windows Operating systems. Follow this guide and you should not have any problems.

http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/OS/Install2kPro/install2kpro1.htm
 

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My hardrive is really messed up and the last time this happened I paid someone to wipe the hard drive clean. Can someone tell me how to do this myself? Do I need anything? I don't even have a Win98 disk! Thanks in advance! ~Laura
 

Answer:How do you "wipe" the hard drive clean and start over?

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How can I securely wipe Vista swapfile?

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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Hello,I am planning on selling my HP Stream 13 device, but I would like to securely erase all data on the integrated eMMC storage.How should I go about it? It is similar to what I would do with an HDD (overwriting) or an SSD? Thanks! My device:HP Stream 13 (13-c191nr)https://support.hp.com/ie-en/product/HP-Stream-13-c100-Notebook-PC/8499341/document/c04923015

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My Dell hard disc is failing according to SMART so I am going to get free replacement from Dell and they will take old one.
I have already imaged the system using DriveImage XML ignoring "i/o device errors". But I doubt I can restore this image.
Can I directly clone the hard disc with Raw Copy? Will that work?
Before returning my hdd to Dell I want to make sure to delete it securely. What is fastest way. If I just delete the partitions, make new ones of different size and format to Linux ext4, will that wipe my old data securely?

Answer:Clone defective disc and then securely wipe

Dell will safely destroy the old hdd and should be returned with an operating system installed, then when you get it returned make a system image backup, keep it in a safe place, preferably on an externall hdd for future use. Don't use old backup's.

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Not sure where to put this but I need to send a hard drive back to Western Digital and was wondering if programs like Paragon's Wipe disk which uses DoD 5220-2M algorithm to wipe info renders the dive inactive?

In short will using a software secure wipe program render the HD inoperative, which is something I'm not tying to do.

Thanks.

BTW I don't really need anything elaborate as the info on the drive isn't that secret, but just enough that someone has to work to recover the info if they were nosey enough to do so.

Thanks.

Answer:Securely wipping a hard drive

No. It wont render it inoperable, but DoD is perhaps overkill. Is the drive attached a a secondary drive in the computer? If so you could run this...far simpler and just as secure:

Cipher Command - Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows

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I'm sure you guys would have covered this already but I couldn't seem to find any threads, so apologies if you have to shout repost.
I am in the process of getting rid of a computer which has sensitive data on it. Could you suggest (hopefully a free download) some software to completely delete files and also go over "free space" and scrub the files so that they cannot be recovered.

Mucho thanks in advance

FC
 

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Lenovo is replacing my failing hd under warranty and I need to return the defective hd. I have deleted my current personal files using spybot's secure shredder and then the freerase utility when some files proved too large for the spybot's shredder.

I have summit's hard disk scrubber installed and plan to run it tonight to clear the free space using the heavy scrub overwrite [3-stage pattern 0s,1s and random]. I had a hard time getting the drive to boot last time, but if it will boot again tomorrow I'd like to turn off hibernation, reboot and then rerun the scrubber. That would scrub the hibernation file, wouldn't it? I also plan to set pagefile to clear at shutdown. If I'm able to run the scrubber tomorrow after a reboot, it would also be in the free space and get the heavy overwrite, correct?

If the drive is still running I was then going to run Darik's Boot And Nuke from a boot cd using the interactive mode so I could skip the hidden service partition and just wipe the main partition. I'm hoping it won't take days and days to run. The thinkpad x41 tablet's hd is infamous for its slowness.

The only other hd wipe freeware utility I found was killdisk - the freeware version only does a single pass of 0s but it might be quicker.

Are there some temp folders or caches whose files I ought to shred before shutting down the hd in case it totally dies before I can use DB&N?

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Answer:How best to securely erase thinkpad hard drive

I am thinking that you can just run the DBAN quick mode, it does not take that long and it should deal with the entire drive. Is there any particular reason you don't want to trash the hidden partition?

Also Lenovo does not go through all your personal data, so you should be ok with just a quick wipe.

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Hello and good morning to u all. Ive had my brand new windows 7 desktop for about nearly a month now, all is well with the desktop...considering my prev pc was windows XP, so its a big leap for me, but def worth it LOL. The only problem that I seem to have is that under the solve pc issues: A liitle icon keeps showing that Ive never backed up my data...and this is totally correct, so I need good advice on how to do this. Okay I have a 1tb external hard drive attached to my desktop,...and all my videos, photos, docs are already backed up on my external hard drive, so that is ok...BUT all my itunes music is currently ONLY on my desktops hard drive(very silly I know, lol!!!)...and there are prob 1 or 2 other things on the desktop that I need to back up to....So far, for my desktop it says total size is 919GB, space free is 767GB. My music is probably the most importat thing i have on my desktop. So i just need some advice about how to do it 100% correctly, and the correct way how to do this pls.
Do I use the windows backup system, and if yes how pls??
OR can anyone advice on any better freeware please??? Also whichever I used will it automatically back up all my new data on a daily basis...or will I have to manually do this each time pls?/
They say that constant data backup is prob on of the most importnat things for computer users, lol..i guess they are write. Much appreciated for any help that can be rendered.

Answer:How to securely backup my music, etc with windows 7 to my external hard drive?

I use Acronis True Image to back-up to external HDD.
I have C drive which only has my OS and software, D drive which contains My Documents etc. I also have other internal HDDs for video, music and photos. Using Acronis, I make an image of my C and D drives to separate partitions on 1 ext HDD. I then have copies of my video, music and photos on 2 other ext HDDs.
This may be a bit OTT but I have never (!!!) lost any data, software or settings. There have been 2 occasions in the past few years when my C drive has gone belly-up but using the back-up image, it only takes a short time to be up and running again exactly as it was before on a new C drive.

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I am going to be giving away and donating a couple of old PC's.
Before I do, I would like to DEFINITELY remove directories and their files containing financial, etc. information so that there is no chance of them being 'undeleted' or recovered.

I would also like to leave the OS and some of the programs & software that came with the PC intact for the new user of the PC.

I didn't see anything in the 'Drive Cleaner' section that seemed to be able to do this and I have used 'wipefile' before but I was hoping to find something that would work at the dir and subdir level instead of at the file level.

Any help\suggestions\URL's will be most appreciated!!!!

Thanks in advance!!!!
 

Answer:Securely Deleting DIRs\Files On Hard Drive (Leaving OS Intact)....

????? I thought that someone would have done this already........

Hmmmmm....................

Guess I'll have to try some trial and error..........
 

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Hi. I want to wipe a XP drive clean. I downloaded software which says to use a boot diskette from DOS. Every time I load the dos floppy (from bootdrive.com) the pc switches to the c:drive and continues to load windows.

Ideas? Thanks, Randy
 

Answer:Want to wipe drive clean

What operating system are you planning to install after wiping the drive?
 

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I have an old machine with Windows 98 that I want to donate. I want to wipe the hard drive clean before I give it away. It's not connected to the Internet so I've tried to download several disk clean programs on my current machine to install them on the old one to clean the disk (dban, killdisk, Erase). However, none of them can be installed and set up. Some have messages relating to the .dll and others that prohibit their being installed. I've also tried to download and install a couple of CD writing programs to backup some info from the old machine; nothing works. I don't think there is any critical personal info on the disk, and I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and donate it. It's driving me crazy trying to wipe the disk.
 

Answer:Can't wipe drive clean on Win 98 PC

:wave Welcome to Major Geeks :major
DBAN is a bootable utility. You boot to it and you do not install it on the machine you plan on wiping. The download creates a a boot disk (using the current non-Win98 PC) that you put into the Win98 PC and boot to the DBAN disk. You can also use SuperFDisk. It will also create a bootable floppy disk (or CD image file to burn for a bootable CD) and it can be used to easily delete partitions and format drives. http://www.majorgeeks.com/Super_Fdisk_d4985.html You can also simply remove the drive from the tower before donating it. Now, on to CD burning:
Here's some CD burning tools that work with Win98:
http://www.majorgeeks.com/EasyISO_d2499.html (does not require installation; unpack the zipped download with WinZip/WinRAR/7zip/etc; put a blank in the CDRW drive; launch the .EXE file in the unzipped folder; drag-n-drop the stuff you want to burn; click on "burn" when you're ready to burn; couldn't be easier!)
http://www.majorgeeks.com/Express_Burn_d4573.html (also really easy to use)
All of the programs I've linked to are 100% free to download and use :-D

Good luck! I hope this helps!

[dlb]
:major
 

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I had an interesting experience.

We had a power failure so Windows 10 did not shut down properly. No big deal, right? It's happened to us all.
Just restart as always, and it will correct itself.

Nope.

It would not restart, it kept saying errors. I had to wipe out the hard drive so as I type this I am back to Windows 7
I knew it was too good to be true! lol

Answer:Had to Wipe the drive clean

Did you try booting the Win 10 install disc or flash drive and running chkdsk /r against the drive? That usually fixes problems caused by power dropping (corrupted file system).

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I am trying to reinstall windows 8 on my desktop and did a reset from the system in windows, which worked it got rid of the virus.  But to make sure everything is really gone what I really want to do is clean the hard drive by doing a complete wipe
and reinstall and new copy of windows 8 that I have which contains a product key I have.  Back in 2011 I bought the computer and windows 8 failed (it kept saying it needed to be activated, we tried to enter the product key, didn't work, after several
months of issues with our retailer and Computer manufacturer found out it had to be reinstalled remotely by Microsoft so as of now I have Windows 8 on my desktop but do not have a product key.  So I purchased a copy of Windows 8 with a product
key but can't install it.
The problem is my computer does not boot first from the CD drive then the hard drive.  I can't find where to change this. I tried to go to the BIOS to change it but there is no prompt to select the CD drive.  if anyone has any suggestions
I would appreciate any help I can get.  I have a screen shot of the BIOS but it is too large to post.

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i have a windows 7 ultimate OS.i dnt like it and want to downgrade to another OS,but it wont let me do that.what do i do?

Answer:how do i wipe my HD clean and reformat the drive.i have win

What do it you mean, it wont let you. Explain what you are trying to do and how.First thing you need to do is to do some research to find out of there are drivers available for that OS you intend to use and the hardware you have.If your computer came with Windows 7 and you want to go back to Windows XP, the chances of finding drivers are slim.You might be able ti install a version if Linux. However, either way, have to decide which OS you are going to install and obtain an instillation CD to install it. You then need to boot from the CD and delete everything that is on your computer at the moment and start again from scratch.It really is easier to learn how to use Windows 7, it is a far better OS than windows XP. After all, I made the switch and I have been using computers since before Windows was invented.Stuart

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I have 2 of these and one is a 2.0 and other is 3.0 usb. I currently have all the stuff i need saved into storage site so i could wipe everything off these usb. I saw that it has autorun.inf so there is a good chance i read that my usb flash drive have virus/infected. I want to wipe it fully clean.


How can i do this correctly? I read to click format and thats all? Or should i delete everything on it first, then click format? I already see theres an autorun.inf file so should i remove that first before formatting?


Thank you.

Answer:How to Wipe USB Flash Drive Clean?

A format should meet your needs but take a look at this tutorial.
You must be careful that you pick the proper drive.
By Brink:

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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Hi,

I am about to do a clean install of Win 8.1 on a previous SSD that has win8.1 already on it.. (My old system)

Nobody ever seems to talk about actually wiping the drive.. especially you I actually if I did have a virus/malware...

So my question is :

Do I need to really "wipe" the drive before clean installing windows? as in nuke the drive/overwrite with zeros..etc?

Lets say if I did have a virus, is that when I would "nuke" that drive? or zero it out etc..

thanks.

Answer:Clean Install Windows 8.1 - Need to wipe drive??

Hello Brooksndun,

I personally find it best to just delete the drive until it shows as "unallocated", then select the unallocated drive to install Windows to during setup. This would a true clean install.

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

Clean Install - Windows 8

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My computer got infected with the FBI MoneyPAK Virus and I performed the surface reformat with a OEM WIN 7 disc. Seemed to do the trick but here lately been having more issues and unable to update to SP1 and getting Windows error for malware on the machine. Norton, Malware Bytes or Trend Micro have not detected anything but I have a feeling something transferred into the Window Old folder. Anyways I attempted another surface reformat and let it do it's thing and when i returned to the computer it had a windows login screen loaded up. I've never had the computer password protected or set up multiple account on it so should just boot up to Windows desktop. The keyboard and mouse are disabled too and will not work. I'm not sure if its the case but seems like the computer is turned into a zombie or something. Anyways to the point I downloaded DBAN and copied it to a disc and changed boot device to the disc drive within BIOS. When I tried to boot using the disc it still goes to that Windows login screen and not able to do anything other then a hard reboot. I'm wanting to wipe that hard drive and do a clean install of Windows 7. Also just an FYI my boot drive is a Corsair SSD. I'm trying everything possible to not have to buy a new SSD. Any ideas, suggestions or links to step by step guides would be very hopeful. This is also my first time using DBAN. Thank you.

Answer:Clean install of Win 7 after wipe drive with DBAN

Try Cleaning the HD Drive, using the CLEAN command (Do not use CLEAN ALL) in Step One in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

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I am having issues with Aspire laptop and I'm thinking I should wipe C drive clean and, using external terabyte drive, reload (i.e., copy) the backed up C drive folders/files/applications, et. al. but I am not sure I can do this.  My question therefore is simply, if I wipe C drive clean, will I still be able to boot the laptop and get Windows OS to function enabling me to do a backup-to-C drive copy (essentially loading back all files/data AND programs [e.g., MS Office apps] stored on the backup?

Answer:If I wipe C drive clean, and boot laptop, will I g...

Which Aspire model and what is the factory-installed Windows version? Jack E?NJ

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I have a computer I got from work that I can keep and I want to wipe the drive completely clean and turn it into a personal computer. Its a HP desktop computer with windows 7 professional running on it. I already have a chromebook uploaded to a usb stick that Ive used to reprogram one of my other computers, and when I try to do it on this one, the boot screen wont let me do it. There are all sorts of security setting applied and I cant delete or install certain things on here. I just want to wipe the drive clean. How can I do this? I do not have the windows 7 install cd either. Is there a way to do this??
 

Answer:How Do I Wipe A Drive Clean From A Work Computer?

The only reason to "wipe" a disk clean is to prevent bad guys from recovering your data. Understand "wipe" is a term to mean a bunch of random 1s and 0s are written to the disk so any previously saved data cannot be recovered with any file recovery or unerase programs.

Does this computer boot? If so, then just uninstall what you don't want. Delete any old personal files. If this is not going to be a boot disk, then you can just format the drive and this will erase/delete everything on it.

Note you should have been given all the disks with that computer. You may have to buy a new Windows license to be legal.
 

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Hello people,

Need some help here since I'm a Windows-format-virgin.

I recently got a used Windows 7 Home Premium laptop (HP Presario).

Basically I want to wipe out any information and user accounts that are on there.
And change the system's language to English. A fresh, clean start.

I don't have a Windows 7 disc, all I have is a Recovery drive D.
And a product code and product key.


So my question - how do I do that? How do I clean and reinstall/format/recover Windows 7 so it's like new?
Thank you in advance for your input, I really never have done this, so I don't want to mess it up.

Answer:How do I wipe clean and reinstall Windows from the recovery drive?

Not sure if English will be an option in the recovery drive image. Might be.

Do you know how to view the contents of the recovery drive?

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  Hi Guys!
 
     I just reinstalled XP Pro on drive D on an EMachines T3516a PC. When I did this it came to the Partition Section, I picked delete C because on this PC it was a small size as compared to D. But it warned me that C had important and possibly vital files. So I left it alone and proceeded to install the XP Pro on drive D. Now that it is loaded and I know that it was done successfully. I would like to go ahead and clean all the old files from the PC. Meaning "What is the best way to clean C?"   or should I reload the XP Pro and this time delete the partition and make it one large drive and put it on Drive C like most PC's are? Before I activate my XP I would like to wipe the old files completely off the computer.
 
 If anyone has some Step-by-Step instructions on the best way to go about this, I would truly appreciate it if you would share them with me !!
 
                               Thanks a whole whoppin heap !!
                                      LuLu the simple minded Hillbilly

Answer:Reinstalled XP Pro on Drive D, now what is the best way to wipe Drive C clean?

What steps did you take to reinstall XP?
 
Go to Disk Management and post a snapshot, please.  Start/Run...type diskmgmt.msc and hit Emter/
 
How To Capture And Edit A Screen Shot. - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic43088.html
 
Louis

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Data encryption is really important especially if we have sensitive files that cannot fall into other people?s hands. We can use one of the most best yet free encryption software called TrueCrypt to encrypt our data but then if you think carefully about it, there is actually a time frame when the files are not yet protected and are stored as normal files on your hard drive. Even after moving the files to an encrypted container or simply deleting them from your computer, there is a possibility that the files can actually be recovered using a simple to use free data recovery software if they are not being overwritten.

There are some dedicated tools to permanently wipe or shred the files to prevent from being recovered. However if you?ve removed the files using the standard Windows delete command and emptied the Recycle Bin, Windows does not offer a way to restore it back unless you use a recovery software to restore the file, and then use the file wiping software to permanently delete it. Overtime, the amount of accumulated recoverable files on your computer can be quite shocking. A good way around this is to use some free utilities that is able to make the recoverable files unrecoverable without touching your existing files.

http://www.raymond.cc/blog/make-your-recoverable-datas-unrecoverable/
 

Answer:8 free tools to securely wipe free disc space preventing recovery

What is this? DARK UNDERGROUND? lol
 

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What is the easiest and quickest way to completly erase a hard drive? Without destroying it?
 

Answer:how to wipe out a hard drive

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Question: Wipe a hard drive?

Hey,

I am very new here... in fact this is my first post thingy so yeah I don't have a clue if i'm posting this in the right place or not but basically...

I have mucked up my computer quite badly by letting virsus attack one way or another and becuase of the infection its had on my system files I have had to delete quite a lot of them. therefore my computer in now unbareably slow and i wish to wipe the hard drive clean and start from scratch.

I went to pc world in search of tips and help they told me to use the 'reinstallation disk' so after like an hour of searching for this disk, i found it and followed the instructions in the manual. i put the disk in and restarted the computer, pressed the button it told me to press and yet and option for the computer to 'boot from the cd' did not appear, i tried this repeated for another hour before getting very angry and giving up , so basically i was wondering if there is another way of wiping the whole computer without using the disk which doesn't seem to like me :S (keeping in mind i struggle with these things quite bad)

if anyone has any suggestions at all i would cry with thanks seriously

xx
 

Answer:Wipe a hard drive?

Yeh, your in the right place! What did PC World tell you to do? Normally once you've put the recovery disk in, it should sort its self out, and take you step by step through the process.

Also what brand and model number is the laptop? (normally written on the underside)
 

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Question: Hard Drive Wipe

Am thinking of getting a new comp. Im gonnna wipe hard drive of my current comp with Eraser or BC Wipe.
Problem is im only about semi-computer literate. Some of the stuff instructions on doing it seem hopelessly complicated. Is it really this complicated?

Answer:Hard Drive Wipe

Hi,

Nope, piece of cake as they say.

If you are running XP, then simply go to Start, My computer, select the drive you want to format and select format...away it will go and you will have a drive that is ready to be used..

If using Win98, then make a boot disk from Bootdisk.com, then fdisk, remove all partitions, create a partition, activate a partition, shut down, reboot, format the partition when it comes back up, shut down again and you have a formatted drive ready to go.

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Question: Hard Drive Wipe

Hello, my first time here. I am building another computer. when installing Windows XP full version.
the set up shows im missing a file to fully install XP. what I need to know is, how do I wipe a new hard drive,,,,formatted but empty,,,clean and start fresh.
Is there a way to add this HHD to my other computer and wipe it clean, or do I have to set a 50 lb magnet on it for 3 weeks.
new system is 3.4 Intel D.C. Hy.thrd
4 gigs of Ram
250 GB, HHD
DVD drive
DVD burner
2 floppy drives
flash card reader

some where I read or thought I read, a way to do that,slave it, and wipe it out??????

would really like to do this my self,,going to the computer shop wont let me learn anything.
I now have a NEW full version of XP, other 2 computers I built used my first XP Pro, disk and I copied it to do the 2nd,,it worked just fine,,this one says Im missing a lot of files at boot up.
Ant suggestions??????? Thanks for all your time..Alex

Answer:Hard Drive Wipe

There are several programs that will completely wipe a hard drive clean, even to government standards if you like. There's Darik's Boot N Nuke, which will create either a bootable floppy or CD and you can start the machine with it and then choose the type of wipe you want to do. Then you need to re-format and install the operating system.

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Question: Wipe hard drive

Ok, new plan.....how can you wipe everything off your harddrive without entering XP
 

Answer:Wipe hard drive

if you enter your BIOS and set it to boot from CD, stick you XP CD in and you can format you hard drive
 

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My daughter is selling her computer and would like to wipe the hard drive clean before doing so. Is there a DOS command or other formatting command she can use to clear it all out? Format C: *.* seems a little too drastic. Thank youKMFModerator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:How Do I Wipe My Hard Drive

Use Kill Disk. This is a freeware utility that will destroy the information on your hard drive. It overwrites the information making it difficult if not impossible to recover.The utility can be ran from a floppy or CD.

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I have a an Acer laptop that I'm going to sell and I downloaded DBAN (Deriks Boot And Nuke) which I was told would wipe my hard drive. I burned it to a CD as instructed and was told to put it in cd/dvd drive and boot to disc.
Can't get into BIOS as instructed...restart PC, as soon as logo appears punch the F2 key at the bottom left of the screen, which I do but the what I get has no choice to get into BIOS. I did everything I could think of punching the up and down and left to right arrows in that blue window but nothing for BIOS. Any easier way to "boot to disc" than what I'm told? I've been fighting with this thing for 4 days and the only way to run DBAN is from the cd/dvd drive. Any help at all please....... barb
 

Answer:trying to wipe hard drive

can you get into bios setup - when the computer posts WITHOUT the DBAN disc in
On the post screen it will say to enter setup press and name a key
OR there may be another message for boot options press and again name a key
The BIOS setup changes the boot priority order for all boots
the boot options key only changes it for the ONE time boot
Have you checked it is F2

I do not understand this
as soon as logo appears punch the F2 key at the bottom left of the screenClick to expand...

has the laptop got a keyboard and if so - what does bottom left of screen refer to please
the usual procedure is to keep tapping the F2 or whatever key is shown as enter setup, immediately the computers posts
 

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Question: Hard drive wipe

Im running windows 7 64x, from the time I bought my laptop there's a whole bunch of unwanted program's plus having a kid sister install unwanted software on it. I'm thinking of wiping the drive and reinstalling all the program's I want myself. I just want to know how to do this safely without obviously removing my OS. Anyone have any info on helping me with this?

Answer:Hard drive wipe

and welcome to the Forum

If you wipe the drive you loose everything on it. You would have to start over and instll the operating system, then the applications.

If you just want to get rid of unwanted applications, Uninstall them with Revo Uninstaller.

Download Revo Uninstaller Freeware - Free and Full Download - Uninstall software, remove programs, solve uninstall problems

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Newb question, but is there a way for me to wipe out all my crap on my hard drive except keep my OS from being wiped out? Of course, if this was possible, it would be an option through your operating system, no? I have windows xp professional. Is it possible?

Answer:Wipe Hard Drive, but keep OS?

Clensing a HD takes all data with it.

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Could anyone please advise me how to clear my hard drive and re-install windows xp. I am currently running xp but still have win 98 and lots of unwanted stuff on hard drive. Many thanks.

Answer:How do I wipe my hard drive

Felix Try thisclick here

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Question: hard drive wipe

Can anyone tell me how I can pletely clean my hard drive as I have windows ME on it, I cant uninstall it, as i want to reinstall 98,
I would like to completely wipe it so I can start over.
 

Answer:hard drive wipe

make a windows 98 or me boot floppy, boot with it with cdrom support, run
format c:
format d:
and so on for all ur partitions (drive letters)

place the win98 cdrom in ur driv
then, type in the letter of ur cdrom
eg. d:
then type in setup.exe

note, i dont use 98 anymore, havent used it for a long time. most of the above information is correct, but the path to the windows 98 setup maybe incorrect
 

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I am going to reinstall my OS. Is it necessary to wipe the hard drive? Well I know you need to format it once, but how many passes do you let it go through? Is it ok just to do one pass? What is the best wiping program that I can get for free to put on a dvd? Can rootkits survive a good wipe?
Thanks


Operating System
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Answer:Best way to wipe a hard drive

when you install the os, it will wipe the drive. that is really all that is necessary if you are reinstalling for yourself. If you are planning to sell and had sensitive info on it then use a utility such as dban to wipe the drive securely.

Darik's Boot And Nuke | Hard Drive Disk Wipe and Data Clearing

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Question: wipe hard drive

how do you wipe the hard drive?
 

Answer:wipe hard drive

[email protected] Killdisk Hard Drive Eraser
 

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Hi AllI'm about to sell my pc and want to wipe all my personal data off it- how do I do it?I dont have any disks that will reset/re-install the system, is it possible to do it without them? I'd like to be able to have the PC ready to work for the people who are buying it from me, but without all my personal data on it. Is this possible, if so , how.I'm kinda new at this, as you can probably tell.Thanks in advance for your help.Joe

Answer:How to wipe a hard drive

It depends how well you know the people who are buying it, friend /family/strangerclick here

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trying to install windows 7 on daughters towers ,it said needed more ram so deleted nearly everything but when turned on later it system restored and now cant do anything tried to installn games etc; back in but it says cannot find path, how do i wipe the whole hard drive? i don't have the xp install disk please help
 

Answer:how to wipe xp hard drive

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Question: Hard Drive Wipe

Informal poll. How effective do you guys think wiping your hard drive really is?

I was talking to a guy at a computer repair shop who said he can look right through a wiped hard drive if he really wants to.

He said in the past he's been hired by lawyers, private investigators, law enforcement, etc. to recovered deleted information from all kinds of people's hard drives. Like a lady who suspected her husband of cheating had him find emails to his mistress and online bank transactions where he sent money from their account to his mistress on an old hard drive and stuff like that. She was able to take him for all he was worth in divorce court because of the information this computer guy recovered. The guy had just assumed the information was deleted and gone forever.

All kinds of stories like that. He said if he has someone's computer he basically has the ability to find out anything and everything about them in their life. He said he finally had to stop taking work like that because it made him feel too creepy to bust people like that so easily. Doesn't matter if they used wipe free space or not. He can get around it.

What do you guys think?
 

Answer:Hard Drive Wipe

Well if you just reformat the information can be recovered However if you run a program like Darik's Boot And Nuke that writes 0's across your entire hard drive it's very hard to recover data. Next to impossible.
 

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What is the best way to wipe a hard drive clean on a computer to start fresh. I have an IBM desktop with an Genuine Intel Celeron Processor with Windows 98 and 312 MB RAM. I need to start fresh with only the OS and basic system programs and then install only necessary programs for my purposes.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Patrick
 

Answer:Wipe out hard drive

Boot from the Windows 98 Startup boot disk, at the command prompt type fdisk delete all partitions, then create a new FAT32 partition, format the drive using the command format c:, install your OS.
 

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i so many viruses the screen turns red can you help me wipe the hard drive right out with a command??

Answer:can you help me wipe out my hard drive

Why not consider returning it to the way it was when new? You should have recovery media or a way to make it or a F key at boot to do that. See owners manual."The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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Lately i have been having virus problems. These are the symptoms:

-unexpected standby
-my computer tries to dial-up while i am on the internet
-system restore says no changes can be made
-windows key acts stuck, but is not physically stuck (when i press "r", run comes up, etc)
-certain ctrl alt delete patterns don't work
-left shift key doesn't work for q, w, e, r, t, y, u, and c.
-right shift key doesn't work for a, i, o, and p.

i reinstalled windows xp pro and reformatted the hard drive, thinking that it would clean the hard drive, but i still have the same virus symptoms. I heard about programs like DBAN that wipe the hard drive, but i don't want to delete the drivers that i need for the graphics card, sound card, etc.

i just want to start over new.

Answer:How do i wipe my hard drive?

To completely wipe a hard drive (and viruses) you have to do a low-level format. Dban or Active Killdisk will work.
This will, unfortunately, wipe it clean. Meaning you will have to reload drivers

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Question: Wipe hard drive

I am trying to wipe my old hard drive - Windows XP OS installed on a Gateway Desktop PC. When I start the program
(Diskwipe.exe), I get the message - cannot format - the volume is in use. No matter what I do, I can't seem to resolve this issue.I would welcome any suggestions.
 

Answer:Wipe hard drive

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what i was wanting to know is how would i wipe out my hard drive .... i have all my programs save to my e drive an want to keep but how can i wipe everything thing else off to start off fresh like a new start my burner aitn working to copy my saved files on my e drive but i was wondering can i work around this ...........
 

Answer:how would i wipe out my hard drive ????

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Hi, I would like to sell my old hard drves and i dont know the best way to wipe them clean, Is there any free programs or will the format in windows do? Also is there anywhere that sells antistatic bags as i cant seem to find any. Thanks.

Answer:How do i wipe my hard drive

To wipe the hdd, Try Killdisk click here

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I cant log onto my computer because its virused really bad with a root kit and i want to wipe my hard drive and reinstall XP so i can start fresh please help.

Answer:Cannot log on and want to wipe my hard drive help

There is no need to log in. You need to go into the BIOS and set the first boot device to the CD drive, exit and save changes. Then insert the XP cd and Restart the computerTo reach the BIOS in most computers, you reboot the computer, when the initial black and white screen shows, startt tapping the Delete key

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hello. i have a windows xp. it has been running a odd ever since i got a virus a year or two ago. i would like to wipe the hard drive. the only problem is that my dad has quicken tax files installed on the computer. (he has a new one now that he uses.) i also dont know the procedure for wiping my hard drive, and reinstalling my os. i want to keep some essential files as well if that is possible. i

if someone could provide me with a step by step procedure for someone with a decent knowledge of computers, i would be forever greatful.

Thanks

Parker Rush
 

Answer:Help with hard drive wipe

You can copy any files you want to save to cd or other removable media ( and do this from time to time as a backup)

To wipe the drive and reinstall XP:

enter BIOS ( Setup ) and set the first boot device as CD/ROM. Put your XP Disc in the drive and disconnect all external peripherals except the monitor, keyboard and mouse, and be sure those are not USB, or wireless. Any internal USB card should also be removed.

If you are using an upgrade version installation CD, you'll also need a CD with an older operating system ( Windows 98SE or Windows ME ) to complete the install. Also Make sure you have the 25-digit product code for the Windows XP CD.

Once you set your BIOS to boot first from cd . . when it restarts you will see a black screen with a prompt "Press any key to boot from CD" . . do that and you will be able to delete any or all partitions and recreate one or more, then proceed to formating and installing XP.

That message can pass quickly, so have a finger on the keyboard when you boot. This will delete all data on the drive so be sure you have your important data backed up. The prompt will appear after every reboot, but do not press any key on subsequent reboots. The setup process will continue with no action required from you.

If you do not get that message, and if you have another optical drive, try the XP CD in the other drive.

If you are installing on SATA drive, there is an additional step:

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I no longer need my Mac because I have an IBM. The Mac isn't worth anything to sell. I want to dispose of it in the garbage, but I'm afraid of someone taking it and seeing files I have saved on my hard drive -- social security #'s, financial stuff, etc.

The problem is that when I turned on the computer, I can't get anything to show up on the screen. (I haven't used the computer for 6-12 months now.) I turned up the brightness and contrast and still could not see anything. The computer did boot up.

My husband said he could just take a hammer and smash the hard drive unit so that we could toss it out.

Any suggestions on what to do???

THANKS!
Sue
 

Answer:How do I wipe out my hard drive? (yes, I want to)

More than likely, noone is going to mess with your pc once you trash it. But, if it would make you feel better, just let your husband smash the hard drive.
 

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Question: wipe hard drive

hi can anyone help me i had windows se i have win xp pro full edition now i need to know how to how to wipe my hard drive clean so i can start fresh with nothing on my hard drive i am not very good at computer stuff so a step by step guide i could print would be good thanks
 

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After getting a nasty trojan and removing it my PC is in a real bad way.

I have done the things sugested, cleaning, defrag and program removal.

I now want to wipe the HD and start from scratch, all docs and pics etc have already been backed up.

Once the PC has booted up I can see no route that allows a full restore, HP helpdesk suggested trying F10 boot menu, I have tried F8, F10 and F12 menu without success.

When I run the XP cd it gives 2 options repair or install new. repiar does not cure my problems, new install gives a warning about installing 2 operating systems, so I have not done it.

How do I wipe my Hard Drive?

If I go into add and remove programs can I unistall everything?

If I go START then RUN is there a funky command that will dl the trick?


Thank you in advance for looking at this thread
 

Answer:How do I wipe my Hard drive?

santidreamer said:





new install gives a warning about installing 2 operating systems, so I have not done it.
How do I wipe my Hard Drive?
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I do not understand the part about installing 2 systems.
when you insert your system cd it should only have 1 OS on there (or have you modified it).

If you still want to clear your hard drive this application will do it and it is free but if your OS disk is corrupt you will not be able to re-install it so take care

http://www.majorgeeks.com/Active_KillDisk_d4791.html
 

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Did these steps format c:/fs:ntfs; then message says all data will be lost; chose y and enter; then message says cannot run because volume is in use by another process. Format may be run if volume is dismounted first. It asks if I want to force a mismount. I chose y and then message says can't unlock the dirve. The volume is still in use.

How in the world do I get around this or unlock whatever it's talking about?
 

Answer:Trying to wipe out hard drive - XP

Do you happen to have Daemon Tools loaded? If so, you'll want to unmaunt any "virtual drives" created. This is just a shot in the dark, but I've heard of this before.
 

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Have had annoying Spyware/Virus problems that seem to recur. Am considering totally wiping out the C drive and reloading XP, drivers and my
personal document and photo files.

What's wrong with doing this? How difficult would it be?

Can Windows XP be simply reloaded from the (Gateway) Operating System disc? (Is there a "boot" program on the hard drive that's needed?)

Seems to me this may be easier than spending many, many hours researching spyware/virus problems in an attempt to clear them (have used various tools such as "cwshredder" and Spysweeper to clear up some problems without total success).
 

Answer:Should I Wipe Out My Hard Drive?

We geeks typically like to prevail over scumware but at the last resort a reload always does the trick.
The restore CD that comes with the gateway should completely wipe out and reload your system. ALL DATA WILL BE LOST DURING THIS PROCESS SO BACK UP WHAT YOU NEED FIRST!!!!!!!!!

It's typically as easy as putting the CD in the drive and booting the system. The cd is bootable and should give you a menu of options to choose from.
 

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Not sure where to put this, so I'll start here...

I am looking for a program that will completely erase (I'm selling it) a hard drive, while in an external mode... I don't want to install the thing, just to wipe it. I have been doing a lot of looking, but I have yet to find something "portable" so-to-speak.

Hep me! Hep Me!

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This?: Darik's Boot and Nuke (Hard Drive Disk Wipe)

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I'm getting a second hand computer and I want to wipe the hard drive to ensure there's nothing on it which could prove harmful, or embarrassing with the kids. How do I do it? The OS is WinME. Thanks.

Answer:How to wipe a hard drive

Format and reinstall the OS. Get a boot disk from click here - for a little extra certainty, get eraser from heidi.ie and tell it to wipe unused space.

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Hi, i i wanting to wipe my old computers hard drive. It is running on WINXP and i had installed SP2 on it. Can anyone explain to me thanks.I know i previously posted but i was a bit confsued with it because i didnt think it had been explained properly so a fresh explanation might help thanks.

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any help would be greatly appriciated

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im sorry if this is already answered but im just wondering how you would completely wipe a hard drive cause i keep getting this like 8mb like hard drive partition and i think its like a virus or something i am trying to get my windows xp installed on it with partitions and along with linux and that is causing an error please someone help me
 

Answer:how do i wipe a hard drive

Or is it the 8MB buffer that is a part of the HDD?
 

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please help computer is fucked and want to start new by wiping the harddrive who do i??
i have windows 98 now
 

Answer:how do i wipe the hard drive

make a windows 98 startup disk.. you can do this is "add remove programs" in control panel.

then boot from the cd..

it will boot into dos.. then type "format c: /s" in dos.


but.. what are you going to put back on it? win98

if you can, i would suggest windows 2000.. but what are the specs of the computer.. it needs to be able to handle it..
 

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I have a computer that i am looking to donate, how can i wipe the hard drive please?

Answer:Wipe a hard drive

Darik's Boot and Nuke is a free utility that will do the job.
https://dban.org/

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i was going to format and start again but i dont have the disc

ive tried going into c: drive - i386 folder - winnt32 but it after it starts i keep getting error 1722

ive tried dban boot and nuke, made the cd and it boots up then just stops and does nothing

any suggestions?

Answer:trying to wipe hard drive

If it is a Dell, just buy a CD (about $12). If it is not, create a bootable DOS flash drive ( http://www.megaleecher.net/Make_Bootable_USB ), copy the i386 folder to it, boot it, and try it that way.

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