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How to wipe a Sony Vaio clean ready to discard (recycle)

by Monet365 / November 17, 2012 1:22 AM PST

I have a Sony Vaio with XP. I am sending it to be recycled. How do I wipe clean the computer?

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Clarification Request
What is DBAN?
by Monet365 / November 17, 2012 7:11 AM PST

Sorry, I don't understand the answer. What is DBAN? Thanks!

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(NT) Try that question on any search page.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 17, 2012 7:17 AM PST
In reply to: What is DBAN?

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Look up DBAN
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 17, 2012 3:06 AM PST

Find DBAN and it's clean.

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HD wiper
by Willy / November 18, 2012 12:41 AM PST

Your best option is using a "drive wiper" pgm. which will erase all data from the old drive. Popular wipers are DBAN or KILLDISK. Google for either and get the free version, properly burn to a blank disc and use. If properly burned, it will be a "bootable CD disc" which boots and then click from the menu what you want to delete all data, etc.. read manual or instructions.

good luck -----Willy Happy

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Disc Drive No Good
by Monet365 / November 18, 2012 5:37 AM PST
In reply to: HD wiper

Unfortunately, this Vaio PC's disc drive doesn't work any more. What other option do I have? Many thanks!

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(NT) Hammer time.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 18, 2012 5:48 AM PST
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Need not worry...use BFH
by Willy / November 18, 2012 8:53 AM PST
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If the whole purpose is to recycle, then you can remove the hard drive itself. It isn't going to be a real brain teaser, just common sense. Remove the hard drive and send the rest to be recycled. You now have the opportunity to break down the hard drive and see what makes it work. I often tear these apart to recycle myself. They part into aluminium, steel and electronics. Electronics get tossed with steel because its very little to begin with. If you like make a clock out of the disc platters or art work. As Robert offered, you can smash the living dickens out of the hard drive and toss it in(plastic bag) the PC case as well. -OR- keep it as a hi-tech door stop(as is).

tada -----Willy Happy

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Got it!
by Monet365 / November 18, 2012 11:08 AM PST

Brilliant! Thanks for the tips. I will have some fun doing it. Happy

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