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Formatting hard drives

by gaia / August 4, 2009 10:46 PM PDT

I wish to format a hard drive before giving a computer to a charity. Can I do this without removing the operating system, XP which was installed as an upgrade to Win 95.?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2009 3:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Formatting hard drives

Again the answer is no.

This issue is well discussed and unless you wipe the drive thoroughly with something like DBAN (beware, it really wipes it out) you risk leaking information. If you don't believe it, that's fine but I'd like your system please.

As to the gift machine. Truly make it a gift. Let them install Windows fresh.

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by thetechblender / August 5, 2009 12:28 PM PDT
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Just buy a cheap hard drive with nothing on it and put that in. They can format an OS onto it themselves and then there's no chance of a software leak or you having to find and purchase special software to try to cover your tracks.

Heck you could even give the computer without the HD and just explain what they need and where to get it and let them do it.

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Formatting hard drive
by gaia / August 7, 2009 10:24 PM PDT
In reply to: Easy Way

Thanks for the replies. Will take your advice and replace the hard drive.

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