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what happens when you replace your hard drive?

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#1 brotherjames23


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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:08 PM

If you replaced the hard drive in your computer, and disposed of the old one, what are permanently destroying? With the new hard drive, will your computer be stripped of everything? Like, everything? Do all the programs you had on the computer get "erased" permanently? All the files you had on the computer are gone forever right? And your computer with the new hard drive is completely clean, like it has nothing at all? It has no record of any files before, right?

Also, if you have video files on you flash drive, and play them on a computer, but don't copy any of the video files on to the computer, does the computer keep any record of that file? It can't and it shouldn't right?, because all activity that is done on a flash drive stays on the flash drive unless transferred to a computer. Please help me!

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 12:27 PM

When you buy a new hard drive, it is blank. Nothing is on it, zero, nada, zippo
You must format it and install an operating system on it before you can add any programs or data on it

To erase your old hard drive, you must do it.
You run a program the writes a series of zeros over the entire disk
Dban and Killdisk both offer free versions
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