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Solved: Cleaning HD in advance of donating computer

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by billyg1957, Jul 16, 2007.

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  1. billyg1957

    billyg1957 Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I have 2 older computers with windows 98 on them. I am considering donating them to a local non profit. After i grab the info i need from the hard drives, what is the most secure way (short of removing and destroying the drive) to wipe it beyond recovery? I would like to provide them these computers with a hard drive that is formated, but no chance of recovering any old data.

    Thanks.
     
  2. etaf

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    do you have the original windows 98 CD's or are you planning to give the org just the PC wth no OS.

    If you want to completely wipe and re-install the software

    heres a usefull set of applications
    including utility to clean thr HDD - it takes a long while to run, so allow a few hours
    www.ultimatebootcd.com

    also the company may require the equipment to be electrical tested - I know a lot of non-profit / charities will no longer except electrical goods
     
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    Excellent points. I totally forgot about discs for the OS. I do believe I have these still, but not 100% sure. So...if I do....I now have suggestions....

    If I no longer have the OS,,, is there a way to wipe the data files totally clean, leaving the OS and perhaps some applications??
     
  5. etaf

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    I Dont know of a way - sorry - only the whole HD
     
  6. slurpee55

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    As the others have said - if you don't wipe everything, you will leave information of some sort (even just broken .dlls, etc.) that could bead to recovering information. Wipe everything - or even consider, as more charity, buying a new HD (you can pick up a decent HD for as little as around $25-$30 if you search on the net - in a brief search, I was able to find a Maxtor 80GB ATA HD for just $29.00!).
     
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    slurpee55, excellent suggestion. Thanks to all who responded. I now have my answer and will close the thread
     
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