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Can you provide a step by step or idiot's guide (haha) to removing the hard drive in order to wipe it please?

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  • markparry63 May 26, 2011

    Sorry, I assumed the make would be specified from the home page. It's an E machines e520 and I would prefer to remove it incase the recovery fails.

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  1. TURN OFF THE COMPUTER and UNPLUG IT!!!
  2. Open the Case...depending on the Make and Model of your computer this can either be an easy or diffiult task. If you've never opened your computer case, then I would consult your computer manufacturer on how to open it. On easy cases, there are a few screws at the back of the cover that connects it to the case and you'll need to remove those and then the side panels either slide of lift out.
  3. Once you have the case opened, you may want to ground yourself by touching a metal part on the case before touching the more sensitive areas of the computer components.
  4. Look toward the front of the case and you should see the CD ROM drive enclosure and somewhere nearby is the harddrive. It's a metal box about 3" by 5" and should be supported by guide rails on each side.
  5. In the back of the hard drive, you'll see two cables: a power cable and the cable that attaches to the motherboard.
  6. First detach the cable that goes to the motherboard.
  7. Then grab the power cable by the white connector that's plugged into the hard drive. You may need to squeeze both sides of the connector to pull it out of the hard drive.
  8. Once you have all the cables detached, you may need to take the screws out that connects the hard drive to the rails.
  9. Once those are removed the hard drive should slide out easily. I'll include photos of an IDE hard drive, so you can tell what a typical hard drive looks like. Remember it may differ a little from the one that I've posted.
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The easiest and most secure way to wipe a hard drive actually involves leaving the hard drive in the computer. Just follow these steps:

1. Insert a Windows setup disc.
2. Restart the computer and on startup hold F8, F12, F2, or ESC. One of those should allow you to boot from the CD ROM drive instead of your hard drive.
3. After booting from your CD, go through the Windows setup screens until it asks you which partition to install Windows to.
4. Click on each of your partitions and delete them until you only have empty space.
5. Then you can reinstall Windows and have a brand new hard drive wiped clean of any data, or exit the setup and have a hard drive without data or an OS.

If you do want to remove your hard drive, it's fairly simple though. If you have a desktop PC:

1. Unplug the power cable from your PC.
2. There should be a way to open your PC by pulling on a tab that pops open one side of the PC.
3. The hard drive is attached to two cables, be inclosed in a blue or green case, and should slide out of the computer. Just pull out the cables and slide the hard drive and case out of the PC.

If you have a laptop:

1. Unplug the laptop's power cable and remove the battery.
2. Some laptops come with a tab specifically for hard drive removal. If this is the case, just open that tab and pull out the hard drive.
3. If your laptop does not have this you will need to open the entire back and locate the hard drive. These are usually very slim in laptops and are popped into place.

Good luck and thanks for using FixYa!

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Actually, the way of removing and installing might be different for different types of Hard Disk, eg, Sata or IDE, well, here are few tutorials, pick up the one which is suitable for you..

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The 3rd tutorial is the most common method (for SaTa).


Let me know if you need further help.

Good Luck.

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You would either format or delete all of the data from this drive if it has an operating system on it you would format it
you have to format your hard drive using a third party disc to erase everything on your hard drive
During the boot process you will see on the screen to press a certain key to enter setup
Press and hold that key during the boot up process to enter BIOS the scroll to advanced bios features press enter change your first boot device to cd,press escape then press f10 to save to cmos restart
note this will erase you operating system you will have to have an operating system disk to load it onto you hard drive or create a partition to load another operating system
note after you have loaded the operating system you must go back and change the first boot device to your hard drive
The BIOS is AMI. Under ADVANCED SETUP:
The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:
IDE0 means Pri master
IDE1 means Pri slave
IDE2 means Sec master
IDE3 means Sec slave

or if you are using a USB
insert your usb drive
click start right click on my computer select open you should see your USB drive
right click then select format
another way is to control panel administrive tools,computer management disk management right click on your drive select format
hope this helps
www.WipeDrive.com

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    Brian Sullivan May 26, 2011

    if you meant to physically remove the hard drive
    wear an antistatic earth strap remove the power lead from the power in put on the computer
    remove the side panels on on our computer you will see 4 screws 2 either side unscrew these then remove the electrical lead and the sata lead remebering where these are located slide the hard drive out then put your new sata hard drive in placing the leads back to there original position then tighten the screws (do not overtighten)
    hope this helps

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    Brian Sullivan May 26, 2011

    you could run the chkdsk utility before you think about replacing the hard drive
    click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to repair any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive another way of running the chkdsk utility
    click start control panel administrive tools,computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart
    do not do anything while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may damage your computer
    then defragment your hard drive
    also you might download and use this registry cleaner it is totally free to use
    http://download.cnet.com/ccleaner/
    if you still want to replace the hard drive it would be easier to watch a u tube video or a link that explains the procedure http://www.fonerbooks.com/laptop_1.htm
    hope this helps

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