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How to completely clean harddrive?

by msmith379 / February 17, 2008 11:54 PM PST

I recently purchased a new laptop and I am giving my old laptop away. I used my restoration disk and restored my laptop back to its orginal state. My question is does this clear everything off the laptop such as some of my personal info or is there something else I should have or should do?

Thanks for the help.

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Here is a link...
by Larry38 / February 18, 2008 1:22 AM PST
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Here is a better link...
by Larry38 / February 18, 2008 1:49 AM PST
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Depends On How 'Personal' Those Files Were..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 18, 2008 5:46 AM PST

Generally, reformatting and reinstalling does a fair job since it writes over most of the previous data..

For files of a more 'personal' nature where you want to make sure they aren't retrievable, try using a program like Dban to wipe the drive, then reformat and reinstall things again.. The link below provides the free Dban program and includes instructions on how to make a bootable CD which contains Dban.


And if you've got government securities on the drive, remove it and destroy the drive.

Hope this helps.


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by mementh / February 18, 2008 11:17 AM PST
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(NT) A Little Harsh For The Office Ya Think?? ;-))
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 19, 2008 5:21 AM PST
In reply to: thermite
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Grifs reply is good if you hav an NTFS File System but
by darclew3-2215827575258062 / February 18, 2008 8:26 PM PST

If you have a WIN 98, WIN9SE, WINME, those are FAT Systems. I Use www.killdisk.com and all the various systems it wipes the hard drive clean, including NTFS. I have them burned onto a CD-R (2). Darrell

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Dban Works On FAT, NTFS, Or Any Drive It Can Detect.!!!
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 19, 2008 4:52 AM PST

I'm not sure what you're referring to but the drive formatting is of little relevance..Although I also use Killdisk, unfortunately, if you only use the free version, it doesn't provide the full DoD wipe option.. It only provides a a single pass write option unless you BUY it.. On the other hand, free Dban DOES provide the DoD option in it's default mode

An excerpt from the Dban site:

DBAN supports all Microsoft platforms and securely destroys FAT, VFAT, and NTFS filesytems.

DBAN supports all unix platforms and securely destroys ReiserFS, EXT, and UFS filesystems.

Still, it's a personal choice on which one you choose to use.

Hope this helps.


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