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Reformatting Hard drives

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by crudekick, Nov 10, 2007.

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  1. crudekick

    crudekick Thread Starter

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    I wish to give my old computer away but wish to ensure that none of the information on hard drive can be accessed. Can you tell me how do do this . I can not find any boot disk either.
     
  2. Elvandil

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  3. ICONIC

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    Ya formating would be ur best bet, although people would still be able to access the information if they know what there doing with a computer.

    nothings really ever permantly deleted
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Sorry ICONIC, but you don't know what you're talking about. Since most of these programs do a DOD certified erase, I think the data is sufficiently "gone" to confound anyone but a three letter government agency.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    I even suspect some three letter agencies promulgate myths to discourage people from trying. That way, they get the data intact :D.
     
  6. JohnWill

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    I think you're right, but I chose to err on the conservative side. :D
     
  7. ICONIC

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    i didn't say anything about thirdparty programs,
     
  8. PK-her0

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    exactly!!! read before you flame somebody you fool!!!
    iconic was talking about format...not a 3rd party app!!!
    and he is right!!!
    guys like you ruin great sites like this!!!
    vamos
     
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    And calling someone a fool ISN'T FLAMING? :confused:

    I'd suggest that you cool it PK ;)
     
  10. Miercaky

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    Elvandil, I too have an old computer that's about one step up from an etcha sketch and would like the hdd info wiped clean. There are lots of choices here to wipe out old hdd info. Which one/s do you suggest to use ? Also to wipe out hdd info on your old computer, would burn these program/s on a cd/dvd to run in your old comp.? How would you do it?

    Thanks

    Darik's Boot and Nuke
    Eraser
    Terabyte CopyWipe (copy or wipe a drive)
    [email protected] Killdisk (Free version makes only one pass)
    No File Recovery
     
  11. Elvandil

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    You are the only one that said anything at all about thrid-party programs. What are you referring to?

    Darik's will wipe the drive clean enough for government work :D.
     
  12. ICONIC

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    what are you on, this guy said i was wrong when i wasn't and he started talking about THIRD PARTY PROGRAMS, which i never referred to.
     
  13. Elvandil

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    Where do you see that? I think you are hallucinating.
     
  14. ICONIC

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    4th post on this form, stop smoking crack
     
  15. Elvandil

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    Don't see it. Can the quote the place?
     
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