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If you want to wipe the hard disk and not reinstall Windows then -
Wipe Data off Hard Disk with Darik's Boot and Nuke, (DBAN)
Create a Darik's Boot and Nuke on CD disc, then boot up the computer with this disc.
http://www.dban.org/download

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Erase hard drive


I use this free utility to wipe computers before I dispose of them: http://www.dban.org/

I hope this helps.

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How to Completely Erase a Hard Disk Drive


Erasing a hard drive is a step that most computer users overlook. Just simply going through your data and using the delete key in Windows does not entirely delete the data. This just simply removes the shortcuts making it not visible to the user. If a person wanted, they can easily use software to obtain the data off the hard drive.

Fun Fact
A study was done and were 158 used disk drives were collected and the data retrieved. The two students found 5,000 credit card numbers, medical reports, detailed personal and corporate financial information, and several gigabytes worth of personal e-mail and pornography on those drives.

Disk Wiping Methods

There are two common methods for erasing data. These are formatting and wiping. Formatting a hard drive will not erase the data on the disk but will delete the address tables making it more difficult for average users to see the data, however, a computer specialist who is skilled can obtain some or all of the data using tools. Disk wiping is a more effective method and basically write over the data with 1's or 0's. The more times the disk is overwritten the more secure it is.

Disk Wiping Software
There are numerous free software utilities out there that will wipe your hard drive. I will recommend two programs and briefly go over them.

Eraser - Click here for download

Eraser is a advanced security tool for Windows that will completely remove data from your hard drive. It has a simple to use interface and uses multiple wiping methods such as Peter Gutmann's paper Secure Deletion of Data from Magnetic and Solid-State Memory.

You can use this program to delete files, folders, recycle bin contents and even free space on a drive. Click here for a quick start guide which will give you the basics.

-You can even use Eraser to wipe your flash drive.

Darik's Boot and Nuke - Click here for download

Darik's Boot and Nuke is basically software you boot your computer into. You can load the software into a floppy disk, CD, or USB stick if supported by your computer. Once you boot into the program, you select the wiping options and it will do the work. This is an effective program and I have used it before.

In order to boot your computer to the software you will first need to load the software on the media(usb/cd/floppy) described above then insert the media into your computer. Turn off your computer and as it is booting up you want to go into your computer BIOS. Usually, it will tell you what to press to get into BIOS during the boot up process. Once inside the BIOS you will need to change your boot order so it boots to the media device first. Once done, exit the BIOS saving your changes and the computer will boot into the media and start the data wipe software.

Tips

-If you are installing a new operating system I recommend you first wipe the hard drive using the methods described above, then formatting the drive for the new operating system. If you are giving away the hard drive or computer, I would recommend you wipe the hard drive before doing so.



I hope this article was informative. Be sure to check out my other tips and tricks by clicking on my name then clicking on "Tips" under my profile.


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G33k



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I want to give away my iqon laptop,how do I clear the memory


You can boot from a source other than your hard drive, a usb stick or a bootable cd. then use the format command to erase the hard drive. You are now good to give it away.

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I would like to give my Zire 31 to a friend but need to erase all my information from it. How do I do this?


Do a HARD RESET on your PALM ZIRE 31.
A hard reset will erase everything on your device. All your data will be removed, and formats, preferences and other settings are restored to their factory default settings.

  1. Press and hold the Power (on/off) button on the front panel of your device.
  2. While holding Power, use an unfolded paper clip, or the reset tool at the tip of your stylus. Gently press and release the RESET button inside the hole on the back panel of your device (where's the reset hole?).
  3. If you see a progress bar (see below), keep holding the Power button.
  4. Next, the Palm Powered screen will appear. Release the Power button when you see it.
  5. You'll see a screen that asks: Erase all data? YES = "up" button NO = any other button. Press UP on your 5-way navigator to complete the hard reset.

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I want to give away my D620 emachines laptop, but want to reset if first so all my personal information is erased. How do I do this?


In order to completely reset all personal information, the only failsafe way is to wipe the hard drive (and even this is not failsafe).
Look at this program. This program will allow you to make a bootable disk (eg USB). After you create the disk, reboot your computer and press the Boot Order key (on a Dell D620, its F12). Select USB. The Kill Disk program will load, allowing you to completely wipe your hard drive (eg. by overwriting everything with 0's). This will probably take a while, depending on the size of your hard drive.

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My asus eee pc 1005HA's battery port can no longer charge my laptop or the battery AT ALL! I just want to erase the information and give the laptop away to someone who probably can fix it....I just want...


Take out the hard drive and hook it up to a desktop pc. Navigate to the drive and delete the files through the desktop pc. Then put the hard drive back in the laptop.

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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.

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Eraseing a sandisk 2 gb flash drive


To Erase everything on the drive you can format it. To do this, plug it in, then go to 'my computer' Right click on the drive, and select 'format'. BE AWARE, THIS WILL COMPLETELY ERASE EVERYTHING ON THE DISK! So make sure that there is nothing that you want to keep on there.

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Reset pssword


Boot up the laptop as normal. Then insert the install disc.
The disc will mount and a window will open to show the install icon.
double click on this. The computer will prompt to restart. Do so.
DO NOT HOLD DOWN THE 'C' KEY. The laptop will boot from the install disc. After selecting the prefered language, select 'Disc Utilitiy' from the 'Utilities' menu on the top tool bar. Choose the laptop hard drive in 'Disc Utility' and select 'Erase'. If you are passing the laptop onto another person, choose the 7 pass erase from the secutity options to completely over-write the hard drive. This will make all your data un-recoverable and keep your personal details secure. (Normal erase only destroys the index on the drive. Your data is still there and can be recovered).

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Erase info


You should do a hard reset, which will set it back to factory status and erase everything.

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