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How to I completely erase a hard drive?

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  1. AhrenBa

    AhrenBa Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    I am trying to figure out how to completely erase a hard drive so that no data can be recovered. What is the easiest and most secure way to do this? Is there any software out there for this, or is it better to just format it multiple times? Thanks

    Oh, btw, the hard drive I am trying to erase is my iPod. I used it to backup some files, so I would like to completely erase the hard drive before giving it away. If I format the drive, will the iPod still be able to run? Do I need to transfer firmware/os? Thanks
     
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  3. brite750

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    not an expert with ipods, but i wouldnt try to format the drive, there may be an os of sorts on it that if you erase the ipod will not function. At the very least wait for more info before you do anything rash.
     
  4. DoubleHelix

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    Shatter the platters, and scatter the pieces into hundreds of different garbage cans all over the country.
     
  5. frankjohn

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    I use a cd disc called WIPE CLEAN
     
  6. valis

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    what he said. Furthermore, what I said most likely (read: never heard of it working, or of anyone even trying it before) will most likely NOT work on an Ipod.

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  7. brite750

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    yeah I'm a little leary about treating an Ipod like a pc hdd, it may very well be the same thing, dont know.
     
  8. replay

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    look in...start... programs... for ipod updater....inside there is a option to
    reformat your ipod to its original state when u bought it!!!
    i have done this a few times when i sell 'em
     
  9. AhrenBa

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    Awesome!!! Thank you very much!
     
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