Question about Compaq Presario 5280 PC Desktop
We are going to give this computer away, and need to erase the hard drive completely
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
How old is the writer? and how many times have you the CD cleaner in that drive to clean the optical head of the laser? If not then do so .
However does the BIOS recognize this device? Post the results as a post & I'll follow-up......sodeep
Posted on May 16, 2009
For a quick fix and a good program click on the link below and download the latest version. Run the cleaner tab and then the registry cleaner. If you want to get rid of programs that you no longer need, there is a link below for that program. When you start it and choose a program to uninstall, click on the advanced tab and let the program run, reboot only after Revo has done its job.
Posted on Jan 05, 2010
SOURCE: Hard driver erasure
generally a hard drives information can pretty much be recovered with the exception of a program that will cause the drive to be unrecoverable. problem is depending on the size of the drive you would need to run the program for up to a week. very thorough but for most cases it's not needed. you would need to remove the drive in any case to run it as a spare drive on another computer to run the program to erase it. my suggestion if the information is very private that it causes you concern is to remove the drive and donate the computer itself. i do use another method which is to open the hard drive and use sandpaper on the internals disk(s). very very effective except the drive can't be used again.
Posted on Jul 13, 2010
Open the back cover of cpu cabinet. Open some screws behind cpu then pull the cabinet cover of cpu . Then disconnect both connection from harddrive..Then open screws from harddrive.Then you can remove harddrive. Let me know if you need further assistance. Thanks for using FixYa.
Posted on May 06, 2011
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Open the system drive, usually titled "Macintosh HD." Open Applications, then Utilities and double click the "Disk Utility" program to open it. A window will open giving a list of all the drives currently mounted on the computer.
Select the disk that needs to be formatted on the left. It is not possible to format the startup disk unless the system has booted from the Install Disk. It is important to note that formatting the startup disk will permanently erase the data stored on the disk. If you are planning on erasing the startup disk, back up all important files and applications.
Click on the "Erase" tab to the right of the list of drives. The window will now display the options for erasing the hard drive and formatting it to work on the Macintosh computer.
Select the Volume Format from the pop-up list. In most cases it's best to leave it at "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" as this is the default. This setting is the best option for running Mac OS X. If there are other requirements for the disk, then select the format that best suits your needs. If you have questions about the formats, refer to the Apple user's manual.
Name the hard drive. Type a name for the disk in the field where it asks for the name. This name will always appear when the disk is mounted on a Macintosh computer.
Click the erase button. A window will open asking to verify the erase procedure. Click the erase button in this window to start the process of erasing the disk. Once the process is complete, the drive will appear with the name it was given on the left side of the window with the list of drives and on the desktop of the Macintosh computer.
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