Question about Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop

1 Answer

WIPING HARD DRIVE

I have sold my computer and I need to completely wipe my hard drive so that no one can hack into "deleted" things that aren't really deleted. I've heard there are free web sites that I can do this with but I don't know if thats true and if so which one is a good one. Please Help me! I need to do this before Thursday July 17th! Thank you!

PS I'm not sure if the product is the correct product. I know it's a Compaq Presario Desktop

Posted by on

1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points

    Superstar:

    An expert that got 20 achievements.

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Master
  • 2,794 Answers

I was using one for a company I was working for a few years ago that was so good that not only was the data gone but some of the drives were useable anymore.

I thought it was called Wipe it but I didn't see it on Google

But this one looked real good

Posted on Jul 16, 2008

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

I NEED HELP RELOADING MY COMPUTER WITH WINDOWS XP


Ok if you are a complete novice like you say it may be a little hard to explain everything on here. Your heading say you need help loading windows xp. While the body says you need help cleaning it out and reloading it. It has been a while since I loaded windows xp on my computer but it came after losing a hard drive. I seems like I just put in the new hard drive and put the windows installation cd and when I started it, it just went through the steps of installation. However if you have a working computer and you want to clean it up, you may want to save some files off your computer before you just wipe it out. You should make a recovery cd, you can go through help menus to do this just type in "recovery cd". You can format your drive, go to programs, accessories, command prompt. If you open that up it looks like the old dos system, if you type in "format c:\" then enter it will wipe everything off of your hard drive. So my suggestion is this: find a friend/ neighbor that is a little computer savvy and ask for some help. It may be as simple as deleting your temporary internet files and cookies to get you running faster, which I think is what you are really after. Now that I've written a book I hope this helps. Please rate my answer so I get points for it.

Jan 22, 2012 | PC Desktops

2 Answers

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

1 Answer

I have a Emachine T5212 and im trying to reformat my hard drive but my internal dvd drive is not recognized.I brought an external dvd drive,but everytime i try to erase my hard drive it tries to load from...


First you need to have media ready to install once format is compelte.

You can not format a drive you are currently using an operating system unless you run the operating system setup disc in which case you would be booting and running from cd once you start reloading you main drive.

So if you are loading windows .
Review steps below if when you boot you do not have option to select boot device

Boot you laptop / pc and get into the BIOS
<normally f2 or f8 , f12 depending on system.>

Change the BOOT order to cdrom as primary \ you may see the device as USB CD/DVD rom with the actual name of brand there.

Save and exit

Have operating system in cd/dvd rom attached to device

Once it starts to load you will see BRIEFLY in the upper left corner PRESS ANY KEY TO LOAD FROM CD ROM or something similar... stop reading this and press a key ........


From there it should prompt you for setting up a new os, I prefer linux myself but in windows or linux in the setup process you have the option of just loading the operating systems or DELETING THE PARTITIONS and FORMATTING the drive, therefore wiping i .

NOTE: THIS IS NOT WIPING YOUR DATA, if you are trying to hide something, wipe from your drive past **** you never wanna share with anyone again..... repost under how do i wipe my hard drive clean .. its a completely different story .. not hard but different.

Jul 24, 2011 | PC Desktops

1 Answer

Ok my issue is that I had a Dell Optiplex given to


Check your hard drive usage and capacity in the system properties before investing in a new hard drive -- sometimes malware can trick you into deleting programs and files. If you are running Windows XP or Vista, open the Start menu and click on My Computer (Computer, if you're running Vista). Right click on the C: drive and select Properties. It will show you how much space your hard drive has, and how much is being used.

If you really do have very little space, try to move large files like movies and music to external storage such as DVDs. You can also run the Disk Cleanup utility to delete temporary files and empty caches.

Jul 27, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX110 PC Desktop

2 Answers

I got a virsus wiped my computer but im not sure if i have done it properly. So i need help with wiping it 100%


use an updated virus remover like AVG or Symentec with updated virus defination file. check complete system.

Nov 29, 2008 | Acer PC Desktops

1 Answer

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 | PC Desktops

2 Answers

Erase a hard drive


IF you have the XP installation CD you can easily do that, Just set your BIOS to boot from the CDrom then put the XP CD on your CD drive then restart the computer , so your computer will automatically boot from the XP installation CD then on that process you will have an option to format the entire hard drive that you have using the XP CD installation, then just let the installation finish...

Oct 16, 2008 | PC Desktops

2 Answers

Wipe Hard drive without operating disks


Get in touch with your PCs manufacturer to get fresh set of disks (you can also download them from your mfg website), or check if it has a Utility Partition (usually press F10, F11 or F12 while booting up).

Jun 18, 2008 | PC Desktops

3 Answers

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.

Live, Love, Laugh.

May 05, 2008 | Dell Dimension 3000 PC Desktop

2 Answers

How can i change my op system and format the hard drive


The easiest way is to boot from an operating system CD. Start your computer with the CD already in the drive. This will format your hard drive as part of the process. You do understand that by formatting your hard drive you are wiping it clean of your data? If you are happy with this you can just work through the installation wizard. You will need your product key/licence key in order to complete the process. You dont need to worry about partitioning the drive as operating systems these days can cope with very large hard drives with no problems. If you are planning on running Vista you will need at least a pentium 4 and more than 512mb RAM, 1GB is ideal.

Mar 11, 2008 | PC Desktops

Not finding what you are looking for?
Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop Logo

Related Topics:

54 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Compaq PC Desktops Experts

joecoolvette
joecoolvette

Level 3 Expert

5660 Answers

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

Level 3 Expert

3051 Answers

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

Are you a Compaq PC Desktop Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...