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Clearing Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Daskill, Dec 7, 2011.

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  1. Daskill

    Daskill Thread Starter

    Oct 17, 2007
    I'm about to give my old laptop away to a friend. Now, I've heard horror stories about how people throw away their computers/hard drives and then criminals and other undesirables get hold of them and are able to access all of their personal data. Now, obviously I trust my friend, but what I'm worried about is what will happen AFTER he gets rid of the computer.

    How should I go about disposing of all my data on the hard drive before I give the computer away?
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    You can boot up with your DVD and use:

    format C: /x /P:1

    It will write 1's to the entire partition.

    Or, use a program:

    To wipe the drive:

    Darik's Boot & Nuke
    Disk Redactor

    Then, reinstall your operating system.


    Jan 30, 2007
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    If you are really worried keep the drive for a spare if its still good and give him the computer without one.If you have data you want to keep put it on a cd/dvd before you wipe it if thats what you choose because once its gone its gone for good.
  4. Snagglegaster

    Snagglegaster Banned

    Sep 12, 2006
    Well, here's a topic where I always annoy a lot of folks. The only way to be sure about your data's security is to destroy the drive.

    However, if you are confident that your friend is actually going to be using the machine for a while, you might consider running the drive erasers Elvandil suggested. After he's used it a while, it gets increasingly difficult to recover older data. That means that your personal data becomes increasingly secure over time, and even if you are fabulously wealthy, anybody obtaining the laptop from you friend isn't likely to invest the time, effort, and money involved in recovering your personal information without some specific reason to look for it.
  5. Daskill

    Daskill Thread Starter

    Oct 17, 2007
    Is it easy to install an operating system on a blank hard drive?
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