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Want to donate old Win 98 laptop and wipe hard drive prior


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#1 rleeinlosangeles

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 09:40 PM

Hello, and thanks in advance for your help!

 

I am donating my old IBM ThinkPad 600 Type 2645 to a senior citizen care facility.  The OS is Windows 98.

 

I would greatly appreciate any instructions on how I can best wipe my hard drive.  I am concerned about wiping the Word documents, Outlook Express files, and Outlook files.  I also need to remove my Windows log in, which pops up at start-up.

 

Thanks again for your time and expertise.



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 10:11 PM

The below link explains the procedure. I would use the DOD 5220 wipe and not the DOD short wipe.

 

https://tiptopsecurity.com/how-to-securely-wipe-your-hard-drive-with-dban-erase-your-data-for-good/

 

https://www.lifewire.com/dod-5220-22-m-2625856



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 10:20 PM

Hi John, 

 

Thanks so much for your help.  This old laptop is really ancient and takes a 3.5" floppy disk (blush).  It can't access a CD-ROM.  Please let me know if you have suggestions for the ancient!  :-)



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Posted 31 December 2017 - 10:28 PM

Hi John,

 

My mistake!  It does have a CD-ROM.  I will try the above.  Thanks again.



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Posted 01 January 2018 - 03:27 PM

Hi John,

 

DBAN worked.  Thanks again for your time.



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Posted 01 January 2018 - 03:30 PM

Your Welcome, glad it worked for you and thanks for the update.



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Posted 07 January 2018 - 08:45 PM

Hi John,

 

DBAN worked.  Thanks again for your time.

If you don't mind, what size drive and how long did it take to wipe it?  I hate using those DOD Wipe tools because they take so long on larger drives.


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 12:31 AM

 

Hi John,

 

DBAN worked.  Thanks again for your time.

If you don't mind, what size drive and how long did it take to wipe it?  I hate using those DOD Wipe tools because they take so long on larger drives.

 

No problem.  It is an old laptop with a 4 GB hard drive.  It took about 60-90 minutes,  but I stepped away from the desk for the last part of the wipe, so I'm not 100% sure.  It did not take a long time.



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Posted 08 January 2018 - 08:22 AM

4GB on a Windows 98 computer was pretty good. I had a Windows 95 computer with a 1.2GB drive.



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Posted 08 January 2018 - 05:13 PM

Yep, imagine doing a 1000GB Drive, thanks for the follow up.


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Posted 08 January 2018 - 06:07 PM

On a modern large capacity drive I believe it's much faster using the internal erase command using Parted Magic's Secure Erase or hdparm on a live linux distro.



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Posted 08 January 2018 - 06:20 PM

On a modern large capacity drive I believe it's much faster using the internal erase command using Parted Magic's Secure Erase or hdparm on a live linux distro.

Thanks JohnC, I will Bookmark that article, but I'm sick of poor Linux articles.  If it isn't clear on what to do I move on, don't have time for all that nonsense.  Linux Type programs written for Windows seem better for me.


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 11:43 AM

CCleaner's Drive Wiper is also an excellent, and easy, tool to use to wipe drives prior to donation.

 

My usual procedure is to:

 

  1. Create a brand new account with admin privilege. 
  2. Log in to that new account and delete all other existing accounts. 
  3. Download the latest version of CCleaner (that will run on your computer - and this could be a problem for the one in this topic).
  4. Run the drive wiper for free space on the drive.  I never do more than three overwrites.

I am not generally concerned with NSA/DoD level wiping because it's only the NSA/DoD (or people of similar training) that could even possibly attempt to get data back from a drive on which a current drive wiper doing a "minimal" wipe has been run.  No one can use standard "undelete" utilities after a drive wiper is run because the necessary information has all been partially overwritten and cannot be used to reliably recreate files from.


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