When a drive is formatted, the partition tables are just emptied. The data is still left on that hard drive. the recovery disks just load the original data onto the hdd, overwriting the sectors needed. the rest of the data is still there.
I thought the recovery discs restored the computer to the state at which it was in when the discs were made (which was right out of the box)? That's not true? And formatting a hard drive doesn't blank it out? Huh...
So what's the difference between the link you provided and this link?http://dban.sourceforge.net/
Which would be better to get?
And how do I get it and what do I do? I don't really see any clear instructions anywhere... There's a faq there and a readme file, but none of them really tell you what to do to actually blank the hard drive...?
For Ultimate Boot CD, I found this tutorial for burning it to cd:http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/roxio7.html
So, you burn the cd, then you restart your computer (I've got a laptop) and it should boot from this disc instead and then you should get this text screen: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/index.html
Is that correct?
But then what? How do you get to the DBAN program? And then what do you do?
Also, after the drive is wiped, would I *then* use the recovery discs to reinstall Windows XP, etc., making the computer back to its original state? (Though I probably don't need to do that if I'm returning it as defective, eh?)
Edited by bloomcounty, 24 July 2007 - 03:00 PM.
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