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cautiously erasing hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by techorejecto, Feb 17, 2003.

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  1. techorejecto

    techorejecto Thread Starter

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    Im planning on erasing the hard drive on my computer to start from square one again. I dont know about bootable disks and assume I dont know much else either.My system is a sony vaio pentium 4, 2.40 GHZ maxtor 80 GB hard drive.I have system and application recovery disks and plan on erasing with eraser 56 which has been downloaded to cd-rom.besides not doing it what is the safest way to do this?
     
  2. JoyousMonkey

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    Hi, techorejecto.

    By using the recovery disks that came with your computer you should be able to wipe everything off the HDD and effectively return things to the original factory settings. This may be the safer option, as some product recoveries make use of hidden partitions on the HDD. IF your computer falls into this category, wiping the HDD may render it unrecoverable.

    Obviously, if you decide to wipe the slate clean, you'll need to backup any essential files first.:D

    Regards,
    Joyous Monkey
     
  3. Rockn

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    There is no "cautious" way to erase or format a hard drive, it's an all or nothing proposition.
     
  4. buckaroo

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    Hi techorejecto, Welcome to TSG.

    Absolutley follow the directions and use the restore discs given for your PC as noted above. The whole restore process with recovery discs is a controlled process that reformats your HD and installs everything on your system as it was when you bought it.

    Since you don't have separate discs for your OS and all device drivers, you're stuck with having to use the restore discs anytime you'll want to reformat and re-install your system software. You can find yourself in deep do-do if you don't know what you're doing.

    :cool:
     
  5. techorejecto

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    Thanks for the advice Im taking the advised route and using the system recovery disk.;)
     
  6. buckaroo

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    No problem! :)
     
  7. scott9263

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    Have erased Harddrive on an older HP Kayak and almost all technology to restore except can not partiton hard so as to reinstall windows. have run fdisk, nothing works... Help i'm an idiot for trying this without a net.
     
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