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Wiping Clean Hard-drive

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#1 DougA


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Posted 26 May 2006 - 12:41 PM

I have an old computer that has a lot of old personal data. I would like to give it to someone who could put it to use or donate it to someone for basic spreadsheet, word processor training, what-have-you.

How do I go about cleaning the disk so that the personal data cannot be accessed?

Would appreciate instructions on doing this safely.

Thank You, DougA

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 26 May 2006 - 12:48 PM

You can run Killdisk to delete everything. This is a free progam and can be downloaded HERE. Put the program on a floppy disk or a CD.

Then run a DOS disk, such as a Windows 98 start up disk, when the computer boots to DOS, type "C:" (without the quotes), push ENTER. Then type "fdisk" (without the quotes), push ENTER, then just push ENTER at each selection that you are prompted to make (in other words, just accept all defaults). You can download what you need HERE.

Then reboot with your XP CD in the cd drive and reinstall Windows, being sure to choose "Full Format" instead of quick format when prompted.

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#3 The Shadow

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 10:27 AM

If your data is not classified US Govt Top Secret, or better, then just delete it.
Dump your recycle bin and do all the normal hard drive cleanup stuff.

When you say OLD COMPUTER, just how old are you talking about?
Windows 98 or ME old?

If so, download and run "Hoover.bat" which you can get for free from Here.

It will dump all the temporary, history and cookies folders and leave that PC in a much cleaner condition.
Delete all your old data files and then run Scandisk and Defrag.
Defrag will move files around, overwriting all the stuff you deleted.

If you're into reloading everything from the OS to all the hardware drivers onto that old PC, then by all means go the "KillDisk" route.
Or just get OnTrack's "EraserHD.exe" from Here.
The downloaded file will build a boot floppy for you. Then just boot up with it and follow the on-screen prompts.
You'll have a pristinely clean HD when it's done.

Good luck and happy computing,
The Shadow

Edited by The Shadow, 27 May 2006 - 10:49 AM.

For those wanting, or needing the Norton Removal Tool,
it's latest version is available Here:

"The only bad backup is the one you decided NOT to make" Annonymous

#4 DougA

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 09:25 PM

Thanks all.

Appreciate the help.


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