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Hard drive erase

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tmh43, Jun 4, 2004.

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  1. tmh43

    tmh43 Thread Starter

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    I have a company laptop I am selling. I need to erase the hard drive first.
    But, I do not have the boot disk, I do not have a cd rom drive, I do not have an a: drive. All of the erase programs seem to require a floppy or the original software cd rom.

    How can I erase either using a USB drive or go thru Windows XP?

    Its a Dell laptop with XP Professional.
     
  2. DaveBurnett

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    Will it boot from USB? If so just creat a boot 'floppy' with FDISK on it on the USB drive.
     
  3. RandyG

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    How would the buyer install an Operating System on it??

    I suppose they would also have to buy an external floppy or CD-rom drive.


    Anyway, the best way to make sure you have a "clean" hard drive is to "write zeroes" to it. this is done with a utility provided by the manufacturer of the hard drive, and will reset the hard drive to factory settings.

    Dell makes the laptop, but your hard drive will have been from a Hard drive manufacturer, and you would need to go to their website to get the correct utility.

    Take the hard drive out of the laptop and look for the manufacturers label. I don't know how you plan on getting the utility on the laptop, unless you can access the internet through that laptop, or you have an external drive that you can put the utility on and hook up to the laptop.

    Of course, you can use the fdisk utility that is available through DOS and reset the partions, but this just removes linkages to data, not the actual data. Anyone with the knowledge and inclination would be able to recover most of the data on the drive if all you do is reset the partitions and reformat the drive.
     
  4. tmh43

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    Be gentle...I am computer literate until it comes to the DOS O/S stuff.

    I do not know if it will boot from a USB drive. I do not know how to do that even if it can be done. I also do not know where to get fdisk from and how to get it on the USB stick.
     
  5. tmh43

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    Well I guess I'll have to get a cd rom drive for it. I saw several on Ebay for $10.00 or so. I am guessing I can have someone burn one of the erase programs on to a cd rom and I can then run it from my new cd rom drive.

    I would donate it to you guys, but I have been layed off and need the dough.
     
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