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Offline marieandgordon

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wiping hard drive
« on: May 22, 2005, 02:05:52 PM »
probably not the right place to ask, but we have an old computer with lots of rubbish on it, before we get rid how do we wipe the hard drive before reinstalling windows, ta. marie

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Re: wiping hard drive
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2005, 02:42:34 PM »
Download Killdisk and make a bootable floppy with KillDisk on it. Then boot from this disk and run the program. It will overwrite everything on the hard drive with zeros, thus 'killing' the disk. You can then format the hard drive and re-install windows

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Re: wiping hard drive
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2005, 02:53:45 PM »


Another program you could try BCWipe fully integrated into the Windows Shell and efficiently

shreds file data so that recovery by any means is impossible

http://www.jetico.com/bcwipe3.htm

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Re: wiping hard drive
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2005, 03:36:20 PM »
thanks i'll try that, but can someone tell me how to physically format the hard drive what do i have to type in?

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Re: wiping hard drive
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2005, 04:01:33 PM »


Just use your old friend "google" How to reformat a harddisk drive

http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/how-tos/reinstall-faq.html
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Re: wiping hard drive
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2005, 04:17:12 PM »
A lot depends on what OS you are going to install?

Win98 uses fat32 format and XP uses NTFS (or fat32) format. If XP the OS CD can format the drive as part of the installation.
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Re: wiping hard drive
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2005, 05:38:26 PM »
probably not the right place to ask, but we have an old computer with lots of rubbish on it, before we get rid how do we wipe the hard drive before reinstalling windows, ta. marie
If you will reinstall windows in the same HDD and use it, why do you need to weap it? Just format will be ok  :)
Anyway, Eraser is another program that allows to make a boot disk and weap the HDD.
http://easynews.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/eraser/Eraser57Setup.zip
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