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How to completely wipe computer clean?

by CrazyAdventure / January 31, 2013 12:24 AM PST

I plan on recycling the computer I currently own and want to wipe everything, how do I do this?

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To wipe the drives. Look at DBAN
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2013 12:29 AM PST

Usually DBAN is enough.

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DBAN here
by mchainmchain / January 31, 2013 8:23 PM PST
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Re: wiping
by Kees_B Forum moderator / January 31, 2013 8:45 PM PST

If the hard disk is not too small (you don't tell) it might make sense to get it out of the PC before you recycle it, put it in an enclosure and use it as an external disk (for a backup for example).

Kees

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RE: Complete Factory Setting - FORMAT
by Mymom6678 / February 4, 2013 10:31 PM PST
The way to wipe everything. Everything. EVERYTHING! EVERY SINGLE THING!!!!!!
Well, a format can easily enough wipe out everything and reset the computer into factory settings. What I mean by factory settings is the plain, nothing computer with everything on default settings. And I mean it. Default resolution, default setting, default everything. Disk Grin and Disk :E and other disks will also have to be formatted, but NOT FROM THE CD, unless you want to change by having Disk :C and Grin only. It's the use.

Formatting is used for re-installing the PC, such as re-installing Win-7, Win-8, Or Win-XP. It needs a CD. Prepare a back-up if you want certain files to live. Once you click the button, it's all over. The computer is gone! If you want to wipe-out everything but with the same OS you use, just use the CD to delete :C and make new Raw Disk :C and install it with your OS. My OS is Win-XP, and this has occurred when my files are infected. Virus? Win32\Chir\B@mm



Mymom6678 - Junior Answerer - Good luck cleaning! Wink
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