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How can I wipe a hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by helpseeker, Jan 22, 2011.

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  1. helpseeker

    helpseeker Thread Starter

    Jan 12, 2004
    I have a hard drive that in an old computer that I’m disposing of. It has Win98SE on it, along with a bunch of other stuff. I would like to wipe it clean so that I can use it for another purpose. When I start the computer, it boots to Win98. If I then go to the MS-DOS screen and try to format the drive, I’m informed that the drive is in use and can’t be formatted.

    So, how can I format the drive?
  2. PedroHin


    Aug 13, 2010
    If you just want to reuse the drive, you can boot from any kind of bootable CD (XP, Win 98, Linux) and then format the drive
  3. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

    Jan 29, 2006
    Hi helpseeker,

    You say "wipe" in the title and "format" in the text so...

    If you want to wipe the drive, have a look at DBAN "Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it an appropriate utility for bulk or emergency data destruction."

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