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"one Pass Zeros" Wipe Of Harddrive

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#1 steve g

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 01:44 PM

Im using a killdisk to remove all the junk on my computer and start over with a new OS.... would a "One Pass Zeros" erase method be sufficient to do this?

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Posted 21 November 2007 - 02:39 PM

That should be fine. You do a the multiple passes when you sell a machine and you're paranoid that someone will hack into it and retrieve information.
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Posted 21 November 2007 - 03:14 PM

hey, thanks... i did the erase BUT

i have a windows vista ultimate CD but i think i dont have a partition on my harddrive to install it on after that wipe..

sound plausible? if so, how do i create a partition without an operating system on my computer to install Vista?

fyi - when i put the windows vista CD in, it says "loading files" but then the computer restarts

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Posted 22 November 2007 - 07:35 AM

Vista should prompt you (during the installation) to create a partition.

So, that brings up the question "Why did you feel that you had to reinstall the OS?" The answers will lead us to some troubleshooting steps - which may reveal that there is a hardware issue with your system.

You can also try running a bootable hard disk diagnostic utility from the manufacturer of your hard drive (they're free).
You can also try running this free memory test (also bootable): http://www.memtest86.com/
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