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Solved: how do i fully erase my hard drive

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  1. awsome

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    i want to delete all of the data on my hard drive (microsoft windows XP professional version 2002 service pack3 HP intel(R) celeron(R) CPU 550 @ 2.00GHz 1.99GHz, 1.99 GB of RAM physical address extension) that stuff in brackets makes no sense to me but i did what my friend told me and it sed that stuff if you can tell me how to erase my hard drive it would be a big help thanks!!:)(y)
     
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    You can delete all non-system partitions by opening the start menu, right clicking computer and selecting manage. Then go into storage and delete the non wanted partitions. If you want to delete a system partition you need to format your harddrive during the OS installation.
     
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    thancks for the help
     
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    Just deleting within windows is not going to fully delete your data, this is why there is third party software that can recover deleted data.
    If you want to make sure it is fully destroyed use something like KillDisc, apparently this used by the FBI.
    Word of warning make sure you choose the correct disc!!
    http://www.killdisk.com/
     
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    I think the question was how to erase the hard drive.

    If the drive is one you want to keep, most hard drive manufacturers (Western Digital, Seagate, Fujitsu, etc) have a utility on their website that will zero fill the drive. This removes all partitions and wipes the data.

    If you are giving the drive away or throwing it away you might want to use something more secure like DBan or Active Killdisk.
     
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