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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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