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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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Go to the applications folder and then utilities and open up disk utility once opened select your 320 gig hard drive and under the tabs click on erase, select Format "Mac OS Extended (Journaled) then name your hard drive and then click on the erase button. Remember this will erase everything on the hard drive. Hope this helps.

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How do I erase my hard drive on a IBM T30 and reload the operating system and drivers.


Get an install disk for the operating system you wish to install (Make sure your computer is able to handle that operating system first), then put the disk in and boot to the disk. If your computer is not set up to boot to disk first then you will have to go into the BIOS, usually F2 of F12 on boot (whatever says press to enter setup), then change the boot settings from there.

Once you are inside the installer for that Operating System, it will give you an option to erase the hard drive you are wanting to install the operating system on, and restart new. Just so you are aware, this will reformat and ERASE EVERYTHING on that hard drive, so make sure that you have anything you want saved backed up somewhere else.

Once that is done, continue installing the operating system and then your hard drive will be erased, and the operating system will be reinstalled.

If you were just looking to erase a hard drive, then you can go to my computer, then right-click the hard drive you want to erase, then click format. THIS WILL ERASE EVERYTHING!

Hope this helps!

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How do I reformat my toshiba canvio 500gb external hard drive for my macbook? If I go to disk utility and erase it, wont it erase the backup software as well?


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Go to the applications folder and then the utilities folder and double click on disk utility. Once open select your hard drive from the left hand options. In the right hand side of the disk utility you will see the following headings first aid then erase click on erase. Choose Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for the Volume Format and then name the hard drive and then click on the erase button below nad follwo the instructions. Hope this helps

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Can you tell me how to reformat my WD Elements external drive for use with a Mac? Thank you


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How do I reformat an external Hard Drive that came with NTFS to work with MAC OS X version 10.4.11? I've gone to Disk Utility but then I don't know what to do. The instructions say to use the Erase...


Disk UtilityTo 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.
  1. Select your preferred language. You will then see the Welcome to the Mac OS X Installer window.
  2. From the Installer Menu Bar, click Open Disk Utility. You will then see the Disk Utility window.
  3. In the left pane of the Disk Utility window, click the drive you want to erase.
  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.
  7. NOTE: If you ever plan to connect another computer running OS 9 to this hard drive, you'll want to install the Mac OS 9 disk driver, so that this disk will be visible from an OS 9-booted computer. If you don't know if you will do this in the future, it's best to install these drivers.
  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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if you have used the hard drive on a windows pc some format types cannot be recognized by mac

follow these steps to make it usable by mac and windows
*THIS WILL DELETE ALL FILES ON THE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE AND DOE NOT ALWAYS WORK

Go to Finder -> Application -> Utilities

Double click for Disk Utility

Select the external Hard Disk you wish to format at the left column

Click on the Erase tab

At the “Volume Format” select “MS-DOS File System”

If you confirm to format your hard disk for mac and windows, Click on “Erase” button.

Pop up window will ask to verify the erase procedure. Click the erase button again in the window to start the erase process.

Once the erase process finish, your external hard disk may be able to use in Mac and Windows.

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Just format the drive - unless you have other stuff on it.
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