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donfordman2000 05-24-2007 04:45 PM

I need to know what to do to completely erase my hard drive
Please let me know a good way to swipe my hard drive clean. Is there a software I can use, or another method?
Thanks for your help.

Cobalt 05-24-2007 04:59 PM

You should be looking for something along the lines of [email protected] Disk, which is a low-level hard drive format and erasing tool. These tools not only delete data, but they also run sequences of random bits across the entire drive in several layers, ensuring that the original data is all but impossible to recover.

If you need to be sure the data is gone for good, look for an application which conforms to the US Department of Defence's data clearance standard.

Another good method is to melt or dissolve your hard drive, though that is a little less practical and may make it difficult for you to continue to use the drive. Does a good job of getting rid of data, though.

WiredUP 05-26-2007 09:58 AM

Download DOS 7 boot disk and boot from it and run FDISK and delete the partition

simple as that

mhookem 05-26-2007 04:44 PM

Hello, sounds simple WiredUp but I've heard that you may need to format the disk several times over ( about 15-16 times ). Which is why I think the [email protected] Cobalt mentioned sounds like it's worth a try.



Cobalt 05-26-2007 06:31 PM

That's correct - I've managed to recover one or two partitions I thought I had nuked using FDisk, which just goes to show that formatting doesn't guarantee a completely blank disk.

Doing it several times will decrease the chances of data ever being recovered, but do you really want to sit and reformat your drive 10, 20, 30 times? Didn't think so :icon_wink:

sudheer413 05-27-2007 01:52 AM

to erase your hard drive completely
goto website Seagate Technology usually this is a harddisk manufacturing company but in the site you find downloads at right side there download seatools disk wizard for dos either for floppy disks or for cdrom image it's a bootimage with which you can erase your drive injust a second and can install os easily

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