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How do you wipe a hard drive without data destruction software?


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#1 ndmofreakingee

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 05:43 PM

so i have this old laptop which is legit COMPLETLEY bleeped --- like it is so virus ridden its 100% unsalvageable. i want to wipe the hard drive cos even though its old its not like a technological fossil using those papers with the holes (i want to call them turing strips? or something like that ? baahh i dont know haha bleep it, it really doesn't matter and super unrelated also sorry i have a tendency to carry on brackets wayyyy past their prime) its still a laptop and it would be sick to have a backup computer.

ANYWAYS my question really is : Is it possible to erase the hard drive without data destruction software such that it will still be fully functional if an os is installed? And if so how do i do it? The only way I found that wouldn't render it useless was some service that was full on like hardcore fbi target criminal option -- which i am not so im choosing to veto it.

Also ( i wanna apologize if all this sounds mad ignorant -- I honestly have noooo idea what I'm talking about, which is why I am asking all you fine folks :) ) is it maybe possible to download and install software from a third party?

I would really appreciate any solutions/suggestions tentative or otherwise --- thank you!

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#2 buddy215

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:19 PM

Just pop in your install CD, reformat and install whatever OS is on the install CD.
That will take care of any malware you may have, too.
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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:14 AM

Laptops...usually have recovery partitions/disks provided for users to restore to factory defaults.

Using these will accomplish what you seem to desire.

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