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HOW DO YOU ERASE A HARD DRIVE

HOW TO YOU ERASE A HARD DRIVE

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  • rhayes4026 Nov 30, 2008

    i have a virus and want to wipe the harddrive and start fresh

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Fastest, and most efficient way to erase an hard drive is by formatting it.

If the hard drive is the one in which the system is installed, then you will need to boot the computer using the system install disk (eg. Windows XP disk) to format the hard drive.

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Use Disk Utility To completely erase a Macintosh hard drive that runs OS X 10.3.x or above—not just individual files on the drive—you can use the Disk Utility that is built into the Macintosh operating system.

How to Use Disk Utility to Erase a Macintosh Hard Drive (OS X 10.3.x or 10.4.x)
  1. You must reboot your computer using the OS X system CD that came with your Macintosh. To do so, follow these steps:
  • Insert the CD into the CD drive.
  • Hold down the C key during the startup process.
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  2. From the Installer Menu Bar, click Open Disk Utility. You will then see the Disk Utility window.
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  4. In the right pane of the Disk Utility window, click the Erase tab.
  5. From the Volume Format drop-down menu, select Mac OS Extended (Journaled).
  6. In the Name field, highlight the existing text and type the name the hard drive is to be called after it's formatted.
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  8. The following are the available security options:
  • Don't Erase Data—This option only rewrites the headers on the disk. Files can be recovered by forensics, disk utilities, and other advanced recovery software.
  • Zero Out Data—There are forensics utilities that, albeit expensive and time consuming, can retrieve zeroed-out data.
  • 7-Pass Erase—This is considered sufficient by government standards to erase data from a disk. It writes random data over the disk seven times. It may take several hours or more to complete this process.
  • 35-Pass Erase—This makes it absolutely impossible to regain any data off the drive. This option takes an extremely long time, possibly more than one day.
  1. Click the radio button in front of 7-Pass Erase (recommended by UD).
  2. Click OK.
  3. Click Erase.
  4. Confirm you want to erase. The program will unmount the volume, partition the drive, and rename the volume to the name you typed in step #7 above.

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How to Use Disk Utility to Erase a Macintosh Hard Drive (OS X 10.3.x or 10.4.x)
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  6. In the Name field, highlight the existing text and type the name the hard drive is to be called after it's formatted.
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  8. The following are the available security options:
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  • 7-Pass Erase—This is considered sufficient by government standards to erase data from a disk. It writes random data over the disk seven times. It may take several hours or more to complete this process.
  • 35-Pass Erase—This makes it absolutely impossible to regain any data off the drive. This option takes an extremely long time, possibly more than one day.
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INFO:
Files are never really erased from a hard drive.
At various stages files are always recoverable.

RECOMENDATION:
To truly erase your hard drive take it out and completely destroy it down to many small parts.

Reformat the hard drive.




Hope this tip helps.

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David

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I have a 500 go Iomega hard drive and I'd like to delete all stuff on it... done through MACbook...


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Open Disk Utilities and select the external hard drive. Select the "Erase" tab. Hit "Erase" at the bottom right.

That's all. Just dragged a folder onto it and it worked.

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