PC Applications forum

General discussion

need a program to truly erase 200 floppies

hi, I just downloaded killdisk and can't get it to work-- swapped drivers, disks, etc., no go. anybody know of a similar free utility for erasing floppy drives before trashing/ recycling? and any ideas on how to recycle? thanks - fj

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: need a program to truly erase 200 floppies
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: need a program to truly erase 200 floppies
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Re: need a program to truly erase 200 floppies

In reply to: need a program to truly erase 200 floppies

Even FORMAT can render disks with unrecoverable data. Just invoke the full format and not the QUICK format...

You may be working too hard.

Still not good enough? Get a bulk eraser.

Bob

Collapse -
what to do with 10 yrs worth of old floppies?

In reply to: Re: need a program to truly erase 200 floppies

so bob/ anybody, I have two boxes of floppies here, some of them (I don't know which without looking ) may have sensitive info like my ss# . . . so I hesitate to pitch them without checking/ erasing. once checked, do I just throw them out or is there a way to recycle them? how long do they last? should I keep them and re use or do they get old? help - fj

Collapse -
Re: what to do with 10 yrs worth of old floppies?

In reply to: what to do with 10 yrs worth of old floppies?

The answer to your subject question is simple. YOUR CHOICE.

It's just my opinion that the simple format would render all the information gone except for FBI forensic teams. Taking into account that the full format is used, then a diskette would be "ok" if it formatted with no error or bad sectors. If it has such, just cut the diskette in two and toss it.

Best of luck,

Bob

Collapse -
Too easy. . .

In reply to: need a program to truly erase 200 floppies

1.) Full format.

2.) Hammer.

3.) Sissors to cut the Mylar disk (the magnetic portion) in half, or several pieces.

If the FBI can recover that data they can walk on water.

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

GRAMMYS 2019

Here's Everything to Know About the 2019 Grammys

Find out how to watch the Grammy Awards if you don't have cable and more.