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Best way to wipe Hard Drive clean

by koangal / June 16, 2011 11:24 AM PDT

I am going to be turning my PC over to the electronics recycling company in my area. But before I do that I want to wipe the hard drive of all data, os, etc. so that if somone acceses the HDD no personal info of mine will be "available".

My question-what is the best way to wipe a HDD clean of all data, os, etc?

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Tested and works
by Willy / June 16, 2011 12:07 PM PDT

While there are many disc wipers out there, these freebies have proven themselves very well. Google for KILLDISK or DBAN and follow instructions. One pass is enough but you can redo it again if you like.

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Just answered that in another thread
by flrhcarr / June 17, 2011 12:45 PM PDT

In brief:

"Had someone ask me the other day if all of the data can be erased. I said, enough for regular people not getting the stuff.I usually go with the virus bad drive approach. Remove the drive & use as an external. Shred everything (see the CNET download area for free programs to do that, but most all virus software has one). Wipe it 8 or more times, 13 is a lucky number. Scan it, defrag it, then format a few times. "

Or take Willy's advice.
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To be Certain
by CoastalScoob / June 18, 2011 6:15 PM PDT

Smash the thing up with a hammer.Simple and very efective. Happy

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