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Darik's Boot and Nuke Or Another Software?


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#1 Sunharrow

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Posted 31 May 2015 - 04:02 PM

Hope I posted this on the right forum.  Anyway...

 

I need to "nuke" a hard drive that has Windows XP on it so that I can install Windows 7 64 (yes, the computer will have 4 gigs of RAM) and pass it on. I have only needed DBAN once and that was a number of years ago.

I was wondering if this is still the go to software for this purpose or is there something else I should consider? Thanks.



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Posted 31 May 2015 - 04:19 PM

There is no need to nuke the drive before installing Win7 as you can format the drive during the installation process.

See here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/windows/installing-reinstalling-windows#1TC=windows-7

Scroll down to the section: "Using the Custom installation option and formatting the hard disk".
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Posted 31 May 2015 - 04:50 PM

Budapest is correct...of course. And if you still are concerned about someone recovering something after the install of Windows 7, then install CCleaner and

allow it to overwrite the free space just once. Once is enough. CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download

During the install of CCleaner be sure to pay attention and UNcheck any offers of Google toolbars or other toolbars.


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Posted 31 May 2015 - 06:19 PM

Okay, thanks guys for the information; very much appreciated.  It's exactly what I needed and I have nothing to hide!  :notme: .



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Posted 01 June 2015 - 11:11 AM

Most would be concerned about identity theft and financial stuff like CCs, PayPal, banking info, etc.....not something like their criminal activity. That's the reason

I suggested using CCleaner to overwrite the free space after install of Windows 7.

 

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Posted 01 June 2015 - 03:31 PM

Actually you do not need to install a 3rd party application such as CCleaner to overwrite the blank space on the hard drive and therefore prevent the recovery of sensitive information.

This can be achieved through Windows using the "Cipher" command.
 
How To Use Cipher.exe to Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows


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