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#1 colman242003

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 03:00 PM

I have backed up my files on my old HP a430n OS Windows XP. Have tried Dban and killdisk, neither will boot. Tried to change boot order. Not sure if when I burned killdisk or dban that they are bootable disks. Can anyone help? ANd I am sure I want to clean the disk. Will just be recycling/getting rid of this computer.

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#2 Allan

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 03:08 PM

If you don't care about the parts, just remove the hard drive and hit it with a hammer.

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:24 PM

Tried to change boot order.

Did it actually change?

Not sure if when I burned killdisk or dban that they are bootable disks.

Will they boot on another computer?

As an alternative, if the drive can be temporarily fitted into another computer running Vista or Windows 7, or connected via a USB adapter, a full format (i.e. quick format not selected) does zero fill the drive, unlike an XP format. This will render the drive contents unrecoverable, even though technically it's not the redundantly thorough secure erase procedure. If you also want to obliterate any trace of the original file system structure, you could still use Killdisk to wipe the first track as well, which is a quick process, unlike a full secure erase.

Edited by Platypus, 26 March 2011 - 05:25 PM.

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#4 Allan

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:36 PM

I wasn't being facetious. If you are going to trash the system and don't care about the hd - pull it and destroy it - or use an electromagnet. If you DO want to save the drive (and if I understand your post correctly, you don't) then the above suggestions make more sense than mine.




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