How to completely delete harddrive

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joshl

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I will be selling my laptop soon, but first I would like to delete and reformat my entire hard drive. How would I go about that? It has a Windows '98 operating system on it right now.

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A format overwrites data with xxxx and makes it hard to retrieve except by data recovery specialists,forensics etc.Nothing short of a steamroller will really make it
secure,as there are recovery programs available.Better to remove the drive first.
www.webgrid.co.uk has some deletion software under 'privacy',enter into sitesearch
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Here's one that uses Gutmans Alogarithm=most secure erasure -actually used by the
military;called KillDisk-http://www.killdisk.com
This is free although the Pro version is superior but probably overkill.
Interesting theory-exposing Drive to an Xtreme & strong electromagnetic field might
erase it totally.Not recommended at home but a CAT scan is very effective on
floppy disk erasure-also completely scrambles Mobile Phones & easy to access.!
 
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