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Clearing My Hard Drive


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#1 Jocr13

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 02:15 PM

I need some help.

I need to know how to clear my hardrive. I need to install my home version of XP, but I need to clear my hard drive. Some advice have stated to got to the manufacturer's website to download ther wiping utility, but I cannot find my model. I have a 40gb Western digital (WD400LB), and I cannot locate it on the site.

Is there an easier way to do this w/o buying a new hard drive?

Brief History: my current oprating system is "not genuine" and I just purchased a "genuine" product. As you all know I cannot install Home over PRO. I have backed up all that I need. I just want to start over "CLEAN."

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 02:23 PM

check out this program: http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
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#3 Jocr13

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 06:11 PM

I cannot get this to work

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 06:25 PM

for WD drives download from link:

http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?...=999&swid=3

copy to floppy and choose the option to overwrite the drive with zeros

good luck

ps - it's the 'datalifeguard app' you download (i apologise, above link is for the 'windows version' this will only work if you install in another computer, and add the hard drive you want wiped as a slave!)

Edited by rubiconeye, 27 August 2006 - 08:24 PM.


#5 Jocr13

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 06:52 PM

Thanks for the help.

This is all pretty confusing.

If some one was to sell their computer, but wanted to make sure all their data was clear or erased, what would you advise them to do?

I went to MIcrosoft.com and they advise to use KILL DISK, but I cannot get this to work. WD site is a little confusing.

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 07:01 PM

You can use Eraser ( a free application) that will overwrite your hard drive completely , or just selected files, or just unused space. Eraser is listed in the BC list of free applications here:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 07:18 PM

the simplest way then is:

download 'dban's boot n nuke' (floppy or cd version) from sourceforge.net

copy to floppy, or burn to cd.

insert floppy, or cd, and restart computer

type 'autonuke' and go put the kettle on.

boot n nuke will totally sanitize your drive.

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 08:41 PM

Autonuke - how should the floppy be formatted

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Posted 27 August 2006 - 08:45 PM

Just put it in the floppy disk drive and then use either My Computer or Windows Explorer to access it, then right click and choose "Format".




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