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Solved: Can I wipe EVERYTHING off the hard drive?

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  1. unstresst

    unstresst Thread Starter

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    thinking of giving old computer to a novice......How can I wipe hard drive completly clean?...is there programs for this? free programs?
     
  2. brite750

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    find out what hdd you have and d/l the makers utility to write zeros to drive
     
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    I use what is called WIPE DRIVE [software] can find on net
     
  5. unstresst

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    That was quick......thanx folks
     
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    Before I forget........old computer and new one will be networked together for file transfers......can the old machine's drive be wiped while the two are still connected? commands given FROM the new computer...
     
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    You can't format over the network. I don't know why you would want to or need to. You know that "wiping" a drive erases everything including the operating system, correct? Do you plan to reinstall Windows or Linux once the drive is formatted?
     
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    thinking of giving old computer to a novice......to tinker with...it's pretty toasted.......Yea, I want to wipe EVERYTHING.

    New computer is the master, old is the 'slave' while i'm transfreing files
    so I need to disengage old computer after transfering files ....then unplug keyboard and mouse from the new computer.....THEN hook up the keyboard and mouse back to the old one to do the wipe.....have i got that right?
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    OR have i got it backwards ....should the old computer be the 'master' for the file transfers??
     
  9. frankjohn

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    With wipe drive once you install the software CD it will recognise all hard drives and willask you if you want to wipe drive #1 -2 and so on.
     
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    data will still be there, though. You can install windows pretty easily and keep the file system intact.

    If you want to lose the data, use dban, as win2kpro mentioned in this thread, or use the hd's mfg zero-fill utility, as brite mentioned.
     
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    Tinker with....and do what? What's "toasted"? How exactly are you transferring files? Connecting a mouse and keyboard from one computer to another won't do anything.
     
  12. frankjohn

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    wipe drive for your info, removes all DATA.
     
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    I assume I'll have the two connected via a cable of some sort...keyboard and mouse connected to whichever one is the 'master'
     
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    The only such setup is a network or the use of a KVM switch. Since you can't format the main system drive of a computer up and running and networked to another system, you obviously mean a KVM switch, correct? There is no "master" and "slave". It's just two computers sharing a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
     
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    Internal fan died and major overheating occured....soon after the D and E drives quit working
    any file transfers will have to be through the cable.....cant copy any files to disk on the old computer
     
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