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#1 flutered


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 03:01 PM

i need to wipe my hd, by that i need to remove everything including the os, is there a command that i can type into the run box click enter then hey presto the hd is clean, thanks in advance.

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:53 PM

If you just want to wipe it, just perform a Format. If you want to make it hard to recover data, there is CCleaner which you can use perform several passes of drive wipes (under Tools).

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 11:50 PM

If the drive contains the OS you're running, then no, you cannot format the drive that an OS is running from.


If the drive is simply a second drive that contains an OS, it can be formatted from Windows without selecting the "Quick format" option (unless using XP). In Windows versions from Vista onward, unless the Quick Format option is selected, the data area of the partition being formatted is zero filled. If the drive is partitioned into more than one, each can be formatted in turn, or the drive re-partitioned as a single partition, then formatted. A zero fill will prevent recovery of any file content from the data area by means of software, meaning it is quite adequate for normal domestic requirements. An expensive forensic recovery would be required in order to attempt to access any of the file data that had existed on the drive.


If you want to erase the boot drive of a system, apart from connecting the drive temporarily to another system, you will need to use bootable media, such as a Windows Installation CD/DVD, Linux Live disc or "shredding" media like Darik's Boot and Nuke (Dban). You would also need to use a resource like the last mentioned if you wanted to do a "secure" erase using multiple pass writes.

Edited by Platypus, 12 January 2014 - 11:51 PM.

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