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Wiping hard drive


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#1 Auscat

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 06:25 PM

I'm about to get rid of an old PC - know that it is advisable to wipe the hard drive, not just delete documents, for privacy. Can anyone help with simple instructions?
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Posted 07 September 2009 - 10:48 PM

Darik's Boot And Nuke : http://www.dban.org/
You would need to install it to a floppy or USB pen drive and then boot off that disk. More details on that page.

KillDisk : http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
You have to create a CD, then boot off that CD to wipe out hard disk. More information on the web site.

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Posted 07 September 2009 - 10:56 PM

INFO for making a bootable CD with DBAN if you do`t have a floppy.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 07:13 PM

The UBCD4Win includes DBAN and scores of other tools.

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 07:38 PM

Drill some holes in it.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 02:23 AM

C-4 and some Det cord :thumbsup: Really Killdisk is about as formatted as you need if the computer still needs to be operational. Otherwise physically drilling holes through the drive will do the trick.
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 02:50 AM

what size holes?how many?

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 02:55 AM

3/8 should be big enough and 3 in a star pattern
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Posted 20 September 2009 - 03:02 AM

what color?

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Posted 11 October 2009 - 11:43 PM

Thanks for help. I downloaded KillDisk, burnt a CD - turned on the old PC and found the lights were on but no-one was home. So in the end we just physically mangled the hard drive! (Or at least my other half assured me he had!)
Cheers CH




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