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CLEAN HARD DRIVE

HOW TO CLEAN OUT COMPUTER

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    James Bradburn May 11, 2010

    What you mean? Do you mean everything thats on the Hard Drive

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A great tool for a non destructive computer clean is tuneup utilities 2009.

If you want to wipe the machine, backup any important files, Backup your computer's drivers (if you don't have them on cd).
Then pop your windows disk in and run it, in windows, it should take you through everything. Allow about 2 hours.

Hope this helps,
Tom

Posted on Jan 29, 2009

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How do i wipe my computer clean


That depends on what you mean by 'clean'?
Also, I'm answering (rewording) your question to: 'How to clean out your filesystem and data on your drive'. Hoping that's what you meant?

If you want to 'wipe' your computer so it is impossible for anyone to ever recover any file, then what you do is physically destroy the internal hard drive, and then purchase a brand new 'clean' one!

If you want to 'clean' out all junk files and start your computer 'clean' again, generally most run the operating system image back through it again (these 'images' are sometimes accessed via a Fn key at startup, but refer to the computer manufacturer for more help)

If you want to just clean out everything from your hard drive and start 'clean'. Then you just need to remove the partition, or even format the drive.
To do this, the drive you want to format cannot be 'in use' at the time. There are many bootable CD's and USB drives that can start your computer so as to 'clean' your hard drive out.

Jun 12, 2014 | Microsoft Computers & Internet

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Aspire one can not detecthard drive


Repair laptop hard drive is not detected

Solution 1
1. Open the hard drive cover (remove two screws)
2. Remove the hard drive screws, then slide the hard drive (see the arrows)
3. Wait 15 minutes, then plug the hard drive
4. Turn on the laptop.

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Solution 2
1. Remove the hard drive
2. Clean the gold layer with a pencil eraser
3. Plug the hard drive, then turn on your laptop


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Solution 3
1. Remove the hard drive
2. Plug jumper on the hard drive
3. Plug the hard drive, then turn on your laptop

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Solution 4
1. Remove the hard drive, plug the external cable.
2. Connect the hard drive to another computer, with USB connection
3. If the hard drive can be detected, eject the hard drive
4. Plug the hard drive to the laptop, then turn on
Intended to make the hard drive can work with the help of another computer


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Solution 5
1. Remove the laptop hard drive
2. Plug the laptop hard drive to my PC.
SATA1 - PC hard drive
SATA2 - Laptop hard drive
3. Boot the computer from a PC hard drive
The purpose of using a PC computer main-board as drivers of the laptop hard drive.


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I hope this information helps. Thank you for using FixYa!

Oct 15, 2011 | Acer Aspire One PC Notebook

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How do you clean data from a external hard drive


When its connected go to My Computer.
Then right click the drive and choose Format. NFTS is good for a 500gb harddrive, and you can set it to do a quick format and it will work fine.

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I want to erase everything on my external hard drive. How do I do this?


If you aren't sure what you're doing, bring it to a service tech or you may render that external hard drive completely useless:
Before you start cleaning make sure you back everything up onto another disk. If you are giving your computer away check with the person or organization to see if they plan on cleaning your hard drive for you. However, the best thing to do is to clean it yourself.
Download a hard drive cleaning program or go to a computer store that sells computer software and buy the program. This is the safest way to make sure the hard drive is all wiped clean. Running the software program over writes all the data on your drive, making the hard drive impossible for anyone to read. The software works by over writing the drive many times.
Make sure you give yourself plenty of time in wiping your hard drive clean because if you have a lot of stuff it will take longer to clean.
Once your running your program and the box comes up to erase your hard drive don't forget that this process is irreversible. You will now type in the word format drive letter and hit confirm that you want to erase everything on your computer.
Installing a new external hard drive if you are not getting rid of your computer, is another option you have. You still go about erasing the old drive because you're getting rid of your hard drive. Install the new one.

Jan 01, 2011 | Toshiba HDDR320E04XW 320 GB USB Hard Drive

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My hard drive is not clicking but i cant format it. how to format? it says disk error


you can click on computer then right click on the drive that you want to format the you will see the option FORMAT,or you can use a recovery disc and do a clean install,how to do a clean install? put the disc on the dvd drive nad then turn off the pc,turn it back on then keep on tapping f12,select boot from cd/dvd or boot from odd

Jun 12, 2010 | Seagate U6 (ST340810A) 40 GB Hard Drive

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I have this old computer and wld like to clean it up alittle


Try the built in Disk Defragmanter and also remove unwanted programs.

Jan 06, 2010 | HP Pavilion 763n PC Desktop

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How do I use it and how do I clean it it off


Assuming you have Windows XP or later for an operating system you should be able to just plug it in a USB port on your computer and it should be recognized as a drive letter. Then you can drag & drop files on the drive.

To clean the drive open "My Computer" and right-click on the drive and choose format. This will erase all contents from the drive.

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Deleting updates, freeing space on hard drive


if you are running windows vista, this might help alot, if running xp, it might not, go disk clean up for drive c. to do this, open up my computer, and right click on drive c, and open up properties. click on disk clean up, and a window should show up. if you are running windows vista, its going to ask if from current user, or all users, click all users. after the calculating window, a window that says disk clean up for drive c will show up. click on the tab at the top of that window that says more options, and on the bottom box, which should say system restore and shadow copies, click the clean up button. the longer it takes, the more space its freeing up. Goodluck

Jul 07, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop Midnight Blue

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Reseat the hard drive


Hi, You can try this out to reseat the Hard Drive

First safety Steps:
  1. Ensure that the work surface is flat and clean to prevent the computer cover from being scratched.

  2. Click Start before7.jpg , click the arrow before8.jpg icon, and then click Shut Down to turn off your computer.
  3. Disconnect your computer and all attached devices from their electrical outlets
  4. Disconnect any telephone or network cables from the computer.
  5. Remove any installed cards from the ExpressCard slot and the 8-in-1 memory card reader
  6. Turn the computer over.
  7. Slide the battery release latch until they click into place.
  8. Slide the battery out of the battery bay.
  9. Turn the computer top-side up, open the display, and press the power button to ground the system board.

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1. Turn the computer over and remove the two hard drive screws.
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2. Slide the hard drive out of the computer.

3. Slide the hard drive into the hard drive bay until the drive is fully seated.

4. Replace the two screws to secure the hard drive Then again you can try

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Computer not showing external hard drive


Try the following : -

(1) Connect to any other Computer and Run Disk Clean-Up Wizard under Tools from Windows Maintenance.

(2) Now, connect your Hard Drive to your Computer and will be detected.






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