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XP Format Problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by KangarooRat, Jul 17, 2007.

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  1. KangarooRat

    KangarooRat Thread Starter

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    My boss had me buy him a new laptop the other day. Since his old one is still in pretty good condition, he asked me to wipe it and then send it off to one of the new guys in the company.

    I need to format harddrive to get rid of all of the sensitive information that is on there, but we no longer have any of the backup discs that came with the computer.

    Is there a way to clear everything off the harddrive (completely) without the discs and still retain Windows XP and Office?

    Specs:
    Sony Vaio
    Windows XP Professional
    Pentium M Processor 1.73Ghz
    512MB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200

    Thanks in advance....
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    You can't delete everything and keep Windows. You can uninstall programs and delete data files and then run something like Eraser (http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/) to securely wipe the free space which would make the data unrecoverable.

    The larger issue is not having restore disks for a company computer. Eventually you're likely to run into a problem. The boss should invest in a special box to keep important things like restore disks in. Guaranteed he'll need them one day.
     
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