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How Do I Securely Wipe Hard Drive Prior To Vista Reinstall

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#1 frankmeardon


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Posted 28 June 2008 - 05:52 AM


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

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 06:40 AM

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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Posted 28 June 2008 - 07:26 AM

A standard format is enough for most virus.

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 03:54 PM

Thanks for your replies and help, it's very much appreciaited. :huh:

Cheers, Frank

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