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How do I wipe my laptops hard drives completely (or near enough)?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by willforbes, Nov 22, 2011.

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  1. willforbes

    willforbes Thread Starter

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    I have two laptops which I have used in the past to hold quite valuable information (online banking details / log in details / work info) and I now want to sell them off.

    I'm not sure exactly how I can properly wipe the hard drives completely without running a magnet over them or destroying them so the next user cant get hold of the info. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can do this or get near enough?

    Cheers
     
  2. crjdriver

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    You can wipe the drive with any number of apps. I use parted magic linux for secure erasing of drives. Here is a link.
    http://partedmagic.com/doku.php
     
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    Thanks for the advice, will the hard drive still be reusable after running DBAN?
     
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    Reusable is can you clean install windows? Yes.
     
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