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Wiping the hard drive/fdisk?

I have a new computer and want to wipe the hard drive on the old one... Can someone tell me how to do that? I once used fdisk - but don't remember how to do it.

Is there a better way to insure my stuff is off before passing this dinosaur off to someone else?

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Wiping the hard drive/fdisk?

FDISK WILL NOT repeat WILL NOT wipe the disk! It will only remove partitioning and format info.

There are "wipers", both freeware and commercial that will do the job. Wiping can be from a simple wipe to highly sophisticated ones depending on the info contained in the drive.

If you want to destroy the disk, then bake it in an oven after drilling a few holes thru' the victim!

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For normal use, it suffices to boot from a boot diskette, and type format c: /s (followed by enter). That empties the c:-drive. But you would have to reinstall Windows 98 (and all security updates) and all drivers before the machine would be useful again.

It's less work to selectively delete information. Uninstall all programs you don't want to give away the license of (from Control Panel), delete all files and folders from My Documents (and other personal files). Delete dial-up information, IE History, IE Favorites, Outlook Express folder (the folder containing dbx-files), Outlook Express Accounts, cookies. Download moveonboot to delete index.dat files. Also delete recent file list etc. A program like Tweak UI (version 1.33) is very useful for that. Don't forget the Recycle Bin and c:\windows\temp folder.

To be on the safe side, use a program like SuperShredder ( to do the deletes. That way your information is really gone. This is just one of the programs mentioned in the previous post, but it looks free and good enough.

Good luck,


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