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Dead computer-how do you erase the info

My computer is dead, no power. How do I erase the info on the hard drive so I can sell or donate the computer?

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  • chowjumpy Jan 30, 2009

    You are very helpful! You reply almost immediately! Thanks again but one question, what is your meaning of a strong magnet and where would I find it? Also what are platters?

    Thanks again, Your the best,



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Here's another option. Instead of detroying a perfectly good hard drive or using a magnet which you cannot know for sure has done its job, one can put the hard drive into another laptop that accepts a second hard drive and do a regular low level format of the drive or use some type of security software that is designed to securely erase the data. The other option is finding someone with an external hard drive case or a usb adapter cable designed to attach the hard drive to the usb port of another computer. The same steps could be performed.

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Well since its dead software is out. You would have to open the hard drive and run a strong magnet across it 10 or 12 times..probably be easier to take the hard drives out and sell them at a cheaper price. Especially if you are selling it to strangers. Here's what the microsoft site said:

You need to destroy the platters inside. Try smashing them with a hammer. Destroying them with a torch should work. But you're right to be paranoid about this. Identity theft has become overwhelming. There are a lot of people out there who would love to hurt you.

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    Randall Trahan Jan 30, 2009

    Here's a website that talks about the magnets and 4 other ways to destroy your hard drive.

    It has to be a very strong magnet, you would have to get off the internet from someone who sells the magnets for that purpose..but as you'll see above there are others ways..

    But to answer your original question; take the hard drive out before you sell it that is the safest way.And if you're feeling particularly gracious buy a new one to put back in..hard drives are relatively inexpensive. You could get them an external one also.


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