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Wiping a hard drive

Can you completely wipe a hard drive
I'd like to wipe my hard drive and give to computer to some one
can the geek squad do though?
do I bring my computer to bestbuy?
can they come to the house?

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  • Jeffrey Pemberton
    Jeffrey Pemberton May 11, 2010

    Do you want to just reformat the drive the drive? This will remove the operating system, check for errors and make the system ready for a new operating system install. If that's what you want to do it's quite easy and can be done by you at no charge. Completely wipe means something different in the pc world. It means to actually wipe the hard drive of all information that was previously there. If you reformat a drive, before another person installs an operating system, a very good expert who knows what they're doing could possibly pull personal information from the drive. If you are not really worried about this, usually doesn't happen except in the rarest of cases, the reformat is the way to go. Let me know and maybe I can save you some money by telling you how to reformat the drive yourself. Thanks.



    Jeff

  • Pauleen Smith
    Pauleen Smith Sep 26, 2012

    Hello Jeff can you tell me how to reformat my laptop

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Use AOMEI Partition Assistant to erase the data completely on your computer before you give it to someone. http://www.extend-partition.com/help/wipe-data.html

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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/

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Posted on May 10, 2008

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You can open it up, disconnect the hard drive, take it to the Geek squad (or Geek friend) and have them reformat. Then re-install Windows 7 and start over
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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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