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  • There are several pieces of software you can use. I use a program called power Nuke. Simply put the disk in machine restart set Bios to boot from cd rom once it starts it will load the software. then type in auto nuke. Don't wait on it let it run it will take some time. Once it is done close program. Restart and insert new operating system load and follow on screen instructions. you are done.
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How do I wipe the hard drive from a SAVIN 2545 Copier manufactured in 2002?


you can use aomei partition assistant, it is free and has the feature erase hard drive, you can see this tutorial: http://extend-partition.com/help/wipe-data.html

Jan 11, 2013 | Savin Office Equipment & Supplies

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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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on Jun 21, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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Trying to format my hard drive and out of no where it is saying Can not format media is write-protected?


Use a program called Active Kill disk it is a free download this will wipe the hard drive clean every partition will be wiped clean just like from the factory it will then be like installing a new hard drive. Remember to rate my solution.

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My hard disk (C drive) is showing as "not installed" in my BIOS menu on my Dell Dimension 3000. My data is backed up and I just want to wipe the hard drive.


Open your computer and de-assemble the hard disk, clean data buses and ports and reassemble the hard disk, it will work.

Jul 29, 2011 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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How can I remove the hard drive to reformat it before selling it?


Is this drive in the copier? Can you access it through a computer?

Get Ccleaner @ http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download. There is a tool in the tools section that will wipe your drive. It offers a 7 time wipe which exceeds DOD standards for drive wiping.

The program is both use-full and best of all free.

Mar 13, 2011 | Sharp AR-M450N Copier

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Wiping WD hard drive


I suggest that you use Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN")application to completely Esare the Hard Drive. It is a freeware application.

Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction.

For detail visit:

http://www.dban.org/


Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 08, 2009 | Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB...

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Trying to wipe the hard disk of an old Compaq Evo


You message cut out. It's very difficult if not impossible to wipe a hard drive when you're using that hard drive. You need to get a program like Gparted or Disk Manager. The first is free and can be downloaded.

Mar 27, 2009 | Compaq Evo D500 PC Desktop

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Wiping a hard drive


Hi,

The following are the instructions to wipe out the hard drive.

Turn off the system.

Then turn on the system and immediately when you see the Dell logo, press & hold the control key & f11(function key 11).

It will initiate the pc restore option in the Dell system.

PC Restore will restore the system to the factory installed conditions(OS,Drivers & applicatiopn came with the computer).

If no pc restoe available try the softwares

http://killdisk.com/

http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/

Good Luck.

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May 05, 2008 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

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Hard drive


Hi,
You can install a software called partition magic and use it to merge the two partitions into one.
But you might need to free some space on your C drive. What you can do is copy (CUT) all your My Documents data and paste it to your D drive or your second drive. This should free a lot of space enough to install partition magic.

You can download the trial version software from http://www.soft32.com/download_151.html
Install it and merge your partitions and then you can uninstall or purchase if you want.

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I have an etower 500 and want to format the hard drive but am having trouble i cant remember how


The best way to format a hard drive is to completly wipe it first, a secure wipe is always the best thing to do before formating it.

Here is list of free disk wipes you can download and prepare on a bootable cd rom: http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Best/disk-erase-free.html

Then, you use your Operating System disk (of the operating system you are installing) format the drive for you using that bootable disk (the Windows cd)

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