Will formating erase my hard drive?

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DaMick

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If I right click on the C drive and choose to format will it erase all of my data including the operating system? or will it wipe data blocks to free up space? I'm a little confused on the terminology. Thanks.
 
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You will wipe everything off the HD - do you really know what that would mean, no operating system, no boot, no data, a blank HD.
 
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Just to clarify . . . format will erase the index linking to your data, but not completely erase the actual data. It will allow memory blocks to be overwritten, but does not clear the memory blocks.

If you want to erase a hard drive, you will need to write zeroes to it, and restore it to factory condition.

I am only providing the information because too many people think that simply formatting the drive will actually erase the data, but it would still be mostly recoverable, albeit through a tedious process.

If you wish to simply clear up space, then see if your Operating system has a Disk Cleanup utility.

you should also look at Dreamboat's Cleaning your PC tutorial
 
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RandyG said:
If you want to erase a hard drive, you will need to write zeroes to it, and restore it to factory condition.

how is this donethen? are yuo talking about DELETING the drive/partition (ie by choosing that option in the xp boot disk?)
 
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no, to write zeros to your drive, you would go to the hard drive manufacturers website (not the PC manufacturers) and find their utility, written specifically for their harddrives.

For example, if you had an ATA Maxtor Hard drive, you would get the utility here
 
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