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How can I erase my hard drive ,will a magnet work and if so what would be the procedure.

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Magnet will not work.

There are programmes that will overwrite the drive so many times that data recovery is practically impossible.

If you are disposing of the drive a big hammer works best.

It would've been more helpful if you'd said why you wanted to eraser the drive.

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My xbox 360 magnetized from sitting on top of a vcr and now theres no picture or sound.a red ring showed up where you turn the xbox on


Hi,

If a magnetic is held up to or close to the XBOX hard drive, this can permanently damage or erase the information on it.

You can try a new hard drive or a spare one to see if the system comes up. At this point , however, you may have to send it in for repairs.

I recommend you contact Microsoft for support. Use the link below,

Microsoft Support Click Here

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May 07, 2011 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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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.



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on Jun 21, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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External wont open on mac


if you have used the hard drive on a windows pc some format types cannot be recognized by mac

follow these steps to make it usable by mac and windows
*THIS WILL DELETE ALL FILES ON THE EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE AND DOE NOT ALWAYS WORK

Go to Finder -> Application -> Utilities

Double click for Disk Utility

Select the external Hard Disk you wish to format at the left column

Click on the Erase tab

At the “Volume Format” select “MS-DOS File System”

If you confirm to format your hard disk for mac and windows, Click on “Erase” button.

Pop up window will ask to verify the erase procedure. Click the erase button again in the window to start the erase process.

Once the erase process finish, your external hard disk may be able to use in Mac and Windows.

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XP sees CD/ROM for WD1600JS USB Harddrive. (It's


Try to format the drive!
WARNING! This procedure will erase all files on the drive! Please vote!

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I'm looking to delete records off my Phillips computer. It is very outdated, but don't want to discard it until I'm certain all information is gone. Thanks.


Take your pick:
(Note that "Format" or "Delete Partition" will not erase the data)

1. Remove the hard drive. Discard computer w/o hard drive.

2. Purchase "Wipe Disk" utility ($30 at OfficeDepot) or trust a similar, but free utility at download.com

3. Have a machine shop (or get brave) and drill several holes in the hard drive... impossible to recover data.

4. If someone suggests a magnet, it will only weaken the magnetic charge on the hard drive "platters" and not completely erase the data.

Hope this helps!


Sep 08, 2009 | Audio Players & Recorders

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N91 hard drive not open


yes solution is

when you buy a n91 ,buy a megnet with it ,,, cas you need it,,,

when ever hard drive sucks just take megnet and put is close to lower left corner of bettery ,,, when hard drive is place ,,,

see the magic ,,, hard drive works ,,, not you can do anything formate it ,,, erase it ,,, delete files

but must keep magnet with you ,,, cas problem is not solve yet you need it in future to ,,, hahahah or throw yr n91 out of window

best of luck

Aug 30, 2009 | Nokia N91 Cellular Phone

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Dead computer-how do you erase the info


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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How to Wipe, Degauss, or Destroy Data on a Hard Drive


You own a computer and then purchased a new one. After moving all of your important data to the new computer and deciding to sell or donate the old computer you are faced with the question of deleting the data or destroying the hard drive. One one hand, if you delete the data and reinstall the operating system the next owner can quickly use the computer. If you destroy the hard drive, another drive would have to be installed for the computer to be useful again. 
What if the hard drive lands into the wrong hands? Your tax return, financial records, intimate photos, and more could be used against you. 

With the 2007 NBA Playoffs on TV this month, an interesting connection has arose. It seems the San Antonio Spurs guard, Bruce Bowen, and his wife have filed a lawsuit against a local computer firm when their hard drive and data ended up on another person's computer. The recipient of the hard drive contacted Mr. Bowen and informed him of the breach of privacy. To read more about this incident visit the news article. As a computer consultant myself, I see a huge breach of computer privacy with this case and I foresee Mr. Bowen winning the lawsuit easily.  


Now what can you do to avoid a similar situation as Mr. Bowen's? First you have to decide if you want to permanently erase the data or destroy the drive. If you decide to permanently erase the data, you have several options. However let's go over what you DON'T want to do.
Don't just delete your data and empty the recycle bin
Don't just format the hard drive
Don't just format and reinstall Windows or another operating system
Why don't you want to do the above? It seems this would be enough to make sure your data isn't compromised.

Let's take a step back and understand how data is stored on a hard drive. When information is written to a drive, the location of the information is stored in a file that resembles a table of contents for a book, On computers running DOS and Windows operating systems, the File Allocation Table (FAT) or the Master File Table (MFT) holds this information. When a file is deleted, the FAT or MFT table is updated to tell the computer the space on the hard drive is available, however the actual data is not deleted until it is overwritten with new data. This is why you read about computer forensic teams, the FBI, and other law enforcement being able to recover data to solve crimes or incriminate individuals. Using software undelete tools, you can restore files that were accidentally or otherwise deleted. In more severe case, services such as Drive Savers are used to recover data that has been physically or electronically destroyed. 

Baring any of these extra efforts, you can use the procedures below to erase or destroy your data so the average individual won't be able to recover anything from your computer hard drive.

Using Wipe Utilities

In order to prevent data from being recovered, you should use data wiping software to completely erase the information to Department of Defense (DOD) standards. I recommend the following free tools to sanitize or wipe a hard drive of information:

Darik's Boot and Nuke - a program that can be booted from floppy or CD to completely erase a hard drive
Eraser by Heidi Computers Limited
Active@ KillDisk
If you plan on giving your computer away, selling it, or otherwise disposing of it, please destroy the data on it by using one of the above wiping utilities. 

Degaussing a Hard Drive

An extra step is to degauss the hard drive. Degaussing is a process whereby the magnetic media is erased using a reverse magnetic field to scramble the electronic data and make it unreadable. Unfortunately degaussing machines are rather expensive ($2000.00 or more) and are not realistic purchases for the average consumer. However, you can send your hard drive to a degaussing company like Garner Products or SEM and for a few dollars can have your hard drive completely degaussed and/or destroyed. If your data security is important enough, this is a wise step.

Physically Destroying a Hard Drive

Physically destroying a hard drive is by far the most effective method for the average person to ensure the safety of their data. However, please wear protective glasses and other gear if you decide to physically destroy a drive yourself. It can be a dangerous activity that I don't recommend to everyone. Also, as a precaution, wrap the hard drive in a towel so the parts don't fly off and do more damage.

Whether its smashing the hard drive with a sledgehammer, drilling holes into the drive, tearing the drive apart and destroying the platters, shredding the drive, or other methods your sensitive data will be safe. 

For the most security, I recommend doing as many of the above procedures (wiping the drive, degaussing it, and destroying it) as you can. If a drive is wiped, degaussed, and destroyed the chances of recovering the data is almost nil.

Conclusion

If a computer store, consultant, or other qualified computer tech tells you your hard drive is crashed and the data is unrecoverable, ask for them to return the original drive to you. This way you can physically destroy and dispose of the drive to your satisfaction and avoid situations like Mr. Bowen's where your data suddenly appears on someone else's computer screen.

Oct 18, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Inaccessible external hard drive


If the drive has failed there will be no way of completely erasing anything from it. One thing that you can try is placing the drive on the speaker magnets in your car. I've had several hard drives come through my shop that were scrambled because someone left the laptop in the back window of their car and the magnetic field from the speakers erased it. I will tell you that data recovery from failed drives is very expensive, WD isn't interested in the info from warrantied drives, and isn't going to pay to have each returned drive recovered. Keep in mind that WD has thousands of returned drives on an annual basis, and the chances of someone recovering anything from your drive are extremely slim. Besides, WD has a privacy policy that all warrantied drives are to be destroyed. I have WD 250, and there is no way of removing the drive without breaking the case, voiding the warranty, so I don't recommend trying to remove the drive from the case. If the drive has failed it won't matter whether the drive is in the original case or a laptop, it's still not going to work.

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Remove data from a bad hard drive


You can, or you can save your money and do it yourself by using a speaker in your car. Open the trunk of your car and you will see the bottom of the speakers that are in the rear window deck, the cone of the speaker has a rather strong magnet on it. Stick the hard drive on it for an hour or so, and if you want to be thurough, you can flip it over and let it bake on the other side for another hour or so. The trunk speakers in most cars have a strong enough magnet to scramble if not completely erase a hard drive. I've seen laptops that have issues after their owner threw them up in the back window while driving around and left them for a while. Those speakers have a pretty good magnetic fields. I discovered this when a young lady brought me her laptop to be reloaded, because her now X had stuck her laptop to the speakers in the trunk because the magnet would hold it upside down and that was cool (IDIOT). The young lady was a nursing student at a local college with a ton of unrecoverable data and class work on her laptop.

Jul 16, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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