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eraseing hard drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dannyboyfx, Apr 24, 2004.

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  1. dannyboyfx

    dannyboyfx Thread Starter

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    My dad is going to donate a few computers to a local abuse shelter. My dad is a lawyer and still has all of his old files on the hard drives. How can i delete everything from them. I do not want a single program on them, not even the OS. how can i do this. PS i am not going to stick a magnet next to them, they must be reusable.
     
  2. crjdriver

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    Killdisk will do the job. You can also download the hd mgf's utility, it should have an option to write zeros to the disk.
     
  3. dannyboyfx

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    hey thanks. i was about to use fdisc or just delete everything, but there was some comprimisng data on it.
     
  4. crjdriver

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    Use of fdisk does not stop someone with some knowledge from accessing your data. Killdisk conforms to DOD standard [usually writing 7 times to the disk] for deleting data.
     
  5. n2gun

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    Look on the hard drive makers website and look for the utility to do a low level format (writes 0's to the entire drive. ) or use the killdisk which will do it even better.
     
  6. mgbgtgrimm

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    OK Last year I got the advice to use killdisk and so last week I finally got around to using it, only problem is it doesn't work. I get the error message "ERROR: Error 1 reading sector 0 on 80H". This is on a system using W98SE Pentium 100. Greg & Grimm
     
  7. crjdriver

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    Use the hd mgf's utility for checking the drive. It will give an option for llf or writing zeros to the disk.
     
  8. mgbgtgrimm

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    OK crjdriver I'm sorry but I don't understand anything what you say in your post. I'm very computer illiterate. However, what I did do was go back to the KILLDISK site and re-download everything and the user guide .pdf file and I still can't get killdisk to work. For W98 (comp I'm trying to erase) they say create a boot up disk and then save killdisk to the bootup disk but when I create a bootup disk according to their directions the disk is to full to add killdisk to it.
    Now they also mention to add a line to my autoexec.bat file but I don't know how to do that.
    Greg & Grimm
     
  9. JohnWill

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    Did you take a look at Autoclave that was mentioned in the other thread? It sure sounds like it would do a secure job, certainly enough for any data except national secrets. :)
     
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